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IPFS News Link • Space Travel and Exploration

Jeff Bezos eyes space as a new 'sacrifice zone'

• By Justine Calma

After Jeff Bezos' brief escape from Earth yesterday, the founder of retail giant Amazon had an idea. "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," he said in an interview with NBC News. "That's going to take decades to achieve, but you have to start. And big things start with small steps."Big things do start with small steps, but this particular idea is a big step backward. Jetting up to space to manufacture stuff in zero gravity is a logistical nightmare with astronomical costs, to say the least. And it's not actually a very innovative plan. Sticking unwanted stuff in a place that's seemingly out of sight, out of mind is a tired idea. It's the same old mindset that has dumped industrial waste on colonized peoples and neighborhoods of color for centuries.