Jeff Bezos Says All ‘Heavy Industry’ Needs to Be Moved to Space in Order to Protect the Earth

by John Jamison

Jeff Bezos recently made a brief visit to space aboard the Blue Origin New Shepard rocket. For the Amazon founder, the answer to climate change is in the stars. After his flight on Tuesday, he doubled down on the need to remove polluting industries from the surface of the Earth.

The idea is if heavy industries contributing to environmental hazards are moved beyond the bounds of our atmosphere, they won’t have nearly the same negative impact on the planet. Imagine, if you will, oil refineries orbiting the planet. They could spew all of their pollutants out into the vastness of the solar system. Instead of harmful byproducts entering our water cycle, they wouldn’t play a part in the atmosphere at all.

Of course, something like that would require all of the raw materials to be in space. Shipping barrelfuls of crude oil to orbit hardly seems cost-efficient at the moment. But therein lies the contention of Jeff Bezos. He believes that we’re still decades away from making something like this a reality. He reasons that if we don’t start at some point, then we’ll never get there.

In an interview with MSNBC, Jeff Bezos articulated his outlook on the purpose of private space endeavors like Blue Origin.

“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. That’s going to take decades and decades but you have to start,” Jeff Bezos said.

Jeff Bezos Stressed the Notion of Unity Instead of Vilification

Nothing accelerates progress like unity. The Cold War and the Space Race showed that mind-blowing technological advancements could be made when an entire nation is united in a cause. Of course, the flip side of that coin is that an enemy provided the motivation.

For Jeff Bezos, the enemy is one without borders. If humans can find a way to unite against the threats that face the entire planet, then maybe we stand to make serious progress as a species.

“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. 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,” Bezos continued in the interview.

It’s a nice thought. Maybe someday, Jeff.