Richard Branson slams woke warriors for saying that travelling to space is a waste of resources.
As the billionaire goes head-to-head with Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos in space, Sir Richard Branson has attacked woke campaigners who argue commercializing space travel is a “misuse of resources.”
Last week, the 70-year-old was launched 53 miles into space aboard his Virgin Galactic rocket jet. Sir Richard arrived at Spaceport America in the New Mexico desert safely just over an hour later, calling the journey a “once in a lifetime” adventure. However, he has faced backlash on social media, with many doubting the need for commercial spaceflight and the environmental damage it produces.
On Stephen Colbert’s “The Late Show,” Sir Richard was asked what he would say in response to “pushback” from woke campaigners who would prefer see problems like inequality, racism, and global warming solved on Earth.
Sir Richard slammed them for not being “completely educated” on the advantages of space travel.
People “wouldn’t be listening to this program most certainly if it weren’t for space,” he says, citing the benefits of being able to monitor “things like climate change.”
“Space is, I mean, every single spaceship we sent into orbit, whether it’s Virgin Orbit, which we launched a week ago into orbit, putting satellites up there and monitoring different things around the world, like the degradation of rainforests, monitoring food distribution, monitoring things like climate change, and so on,” he explains.
“These things are necessary back on Earth, so we need more spaceships traveling to space, not fewer.”
Sir Richard plans to sell space tourism to paying clients in the future.
He went on Lorraine this morning to justify his motives once more.
“There is nothing else out there like Earth,” he remarked.
“We dwell on a piece of land that is home to magnificent, unique creatures that must be conserved. We need to get out there and help.”
“NASA always has this criticism of getting into space,” said host Lorraine.
Sir Richard went on to say that his other company, Virgin Orbit, is connecting millions of people and that he is also assisting the scientific community.
“We’ve had scientists up running tests,” he claimed.
“Virgin Galactic flies to a location in the sky where balloons can’t go.
“Scientists are ecstatic because they will be able to conduct tests while in space.”
And, despite the fact that his company’s development places him. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”