Jeff Bezos wants to move all ‘polluting industry’ into space


Following his trip to the edge of outer space Tuesday, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos said he is inspired to fight climate change by exporting all industrial pollution to space.

In an interview, Bezos said the launch of his Blue Origin space rocket made him realize how “fragile” Earth is. 

Bezos said he wants to reinvent industries that negatively harm the environment — calling them the “polluting industry” — by moving them from Earth and into the void of space. 

“We have to build a road to space so that our kids and their kids can build the future… when you get up and there you see it, you see how tiny it is and how fragile it is, we need to take all heavy industry, all polluting industry and move it into space, and keep Earth as this beautiful gem of a planet that it is,” Bezos said. 

“That’s going to take decades and decades but you have to start,” he added.

Bezos said his recent off-world experience also made him realize the need for unity and collaboration among the human race. 

“So for me it reinforces my commitment to the climate change, to the environment, I think if you look at it to about, we have too much vilification in society today not enough unity,” Bezos said. “So we want unifiers, not vilifiers and when you look out at the planet, there are no borders… there’s nothing, it’s one planet and we share it, and it’s fragile.”

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Despite Bezos’ stated desire to fight climate change, his company Amazon said last month that its carbon footprint grew 19% last year as it rushed to deliver a surge of online orders during the pandemic.

The online shopping behemoth said activities tied to its businesses emitted 60.64 million metric tons of carbon dioxide last year — the equivalent of burning through 140 million barrels of oil. Amazon’s carbon footprint has risen every year since 2018, when it first disclosed its carbon footprint, something employees had pushed the company to do.

The company has been buying up solar energy, making its gadgets out of recycled plastic and even renamed a Seattle hockey arena after its climate-change initiative.

However, Amazon depends on fuel-burning planes and trucks to ship billions of items around the world. In fact, it announced earlier this year that it would buy 11 jets to get packages to shoppers faster. Amazon’s emissions from fossil fuels soared 69% last year.

According to Everyday Astronaut, an online rocket science publication, rockets similar to the recent Blue Origin launch account for approximately 0.0000059% of all CO2 emissions in 2018. But that number could steadily increase. 

A bigger concern is that since the purpose of Blue Origin is to capitalize on the rising demand for commercial space travel, that rise could contribute to more harmful emissions in the environment. 

Bezos’ company Blue Origin launched its New Shepard rocket into space Tuesday with Bezos and others on board in what was the company’s first-ever astronaut flight.

Bezos, the founder of both Blue Origin and Amazon, was launched from West Texas on what he deemed to be the…

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