Many people concerned with the Earth’s ecology have voiced concern over whether or not the emerging space tourism industry will add to global warming. And Sir Richard Branson, who owns Virgin Galactic, says it will not (at least not much).
According to MSN, “More than 500 people have already reserved seats – and paid deposits on the $200,000 ticket price – for a minutes-long suborbital flight on the SpaceShipTwo (SS2) set to begin by the end of this year.
“’We have reduced the (carbon emission) cost of somebody going into space from something like two weeks of New York’s electricity supply… to less than the cost of an economy round-trip from Singapore to London,’ Branson told reporters in Singapore.
“The founder of the diversified Virgin group was in the Southeast Asian city-state to attend a summit organised by the Carbon War Room, an environmental charity organisation he founded in 2009.”
Because cars and coal-fired power plants are the main culprits with regard to greenhouse gases, it would do us well to fight the battle on these fronts first before taking on the relatively low amounts of carbon that the emerging space tourism industry might be offering up to the atmosphere.