Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson is addressing his claims from 2011 that we don’t need to address climate change because the Earth is going to be swallowed up by the sun in 5 billion years by saying that the future of the human race rests in the hands of space exploration.
That idea is total nonsense.
Look, I love space exploration and I think it is an important thing to spend money on. It is not, however, the key to climate change.
“We do have to inhabit other planets. The future of the human race is space exploration,” Johnson told ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos. He also tried to brush on his 2011 as humor. “Can’t we have a little humor once in a while?”
So let’s be realistic. Can we save the human race by jet setting off to another planet? Not likely, and not anytime in the near future. Meaning, we need a president or a government that understands the immediate crisis of climate change now. Yes, look ahead to the future, but keep your head in reality.
Mars is the only planet in our solar system that could theoretically be inhabitable, yet it would need an entirely different atmosphere, water, etc. There are theories on how to begin growing plants there, but that is far from reality.
Outside our solar system, one of the closest earth-like planets is Proxima Centauri. It is approximately 4.22 light years away. If you managed to build a ship that could travel the speed of light, you could be there in a little over four years.
First, good luck building a ship that can go that speed. Currently, we can’t even come close.
According to Wikipedia:
The fastest outward-bound spacecraft yet sent, Voyager 1, has covered 1/600th of a light-year in 30 years and is currently moving at 1/18,000th the speed of light. At this rate, a journey to Proxima Centauri would take 80,000 years.
Second, how do you build a ship that can go that fast while being big enough to carry all the necessities to sustain the life traveling on it for four years?
It’s simply not a realistic strategy nor a realistic goal. Johnson should be focused on what he can do now to slow down or stop the effects of climate change, not tell scientists to simply get us off this planet so we can go destroy another one.
Johnson said he would do nothing to stop the expansion of coal power and would let the market decide what kind of power we use.
His statements only show he has no plan, and now clue how serious of an issue we are facing.
Stop looking at the stars Gary and come back to reality. Though that would also involve him forgetting the myth of the free market.
I think our hope of getting Johnson back to reality is less likely than us living on Proxima Centauri.