Jeffrey Preston Bezos, a 57-year-old father from New Mexico, flew to the edge of space and return today. He was not the only person on board the rocket, which was the first flight with the crew of the private space company Blue Origin, but he is the one that the landing teams rushed to after a ten-minute trip. Maybe they were drawn to his smile. Maybe they thought he was the winner of a suborbital competition for Lex Luthor. Maybe their bulbous, pale cowboy hat caught their eye.
In reality, of course, it was because Bezos is the founder of Blue Origin and Amazon and is considered the richest person in the world. This wealth not only gives him the opportunity to build, operate and then drive his own rocket ships, but people are really interested in what he has to say, regardless of his relationship with the issue.
When Bezos returned to Earth after spinning in zero gravity for a few minutes, the cameras came down and his cowboy hat answered a handful of questions about the experience. The richest man in the world shared his thoughts on space, pollution and the wage depression, probably just before the SUV caravan went on its private plane and headed for one of its global luxury estates.
Here are three things from the billionaire that Bezos said after the Blue Origin flight today:
“We have to take all the heavy industry, all the polluting industry and move it into space. And keep the Earth as this beautiful jewel of the planet as it is. “ In this same interview, Bezos discussed his plans to expand Blue Origin’s space tourism business over the coming decades, an venture that has the potential to pump huge amounts of carbon and other chemicals into the atmosphere. Unlike terrestrial emissions such as cars or coal-fired power plants, rocket emissions are emitted directly into the upper atmosphere, where they persist for years. In addition, Amazon threatened lay off employees to talk about the company’s support for the oil and gas industry.
“We need unifiers, not vilifiers. When you look at a planet, there are no boundaries. There is nothing. It’s one planet and we share it and it’s fragile.” As CEO of Amazon, Bezos has fought the company for years efforts to unite in unions, even among credible reports of inhumane, exploitative conditions for Amazon drivers and warehouse workers.
Bezos, who acquired more than $ 70 billion in personal wealth last year regularly pays $ 0 in income taxes, then thanked those same Amazon employees for paying for his space trip. He said, “I also want to thank every Amazon employee and every Amazon customer, because you paid for all this.” That line is at least completely correct.
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