Sanders: Musk should 'focus on Earth' instead of space

Sanders: Musk should 'focus on Earth' instead of space
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Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersPoll: Trump leads 2024 Republican field with DeSantis in distant second The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden faces Ukraine decision amid Russia aggression The Hill's Morning Report - US warns Kremlin, weighs more troops to Europe MORE (I-Vt.) on Monday told Tesla's Elon MuskElon Reeve MuskWhat would Peter the Great say to Putin about space power? The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden clarifies his remarks on Russia Al Gore: Emissions reductions hinge on AI measurements from space MORE to "focus on Earth" rather than "multiplanetary" life amid “obscene” inequality in the United States. 

“Space travel is an exciting idea, but right now we need to focus on Earth and create a progressive tax system so that children don’t go hungry, people are not homeless and all Americans have healthcare,” Sanders wrote on Twitter, amid an ongoing exchange with Musk over wealth. 

“The level of inequality in America is obscene and a threat to our democracy,” Sanders added.

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The current spat between Sanders and Musk began last week, when Sanders targeted Musk on Twitter for his massive wealth, calling the inequality “immoral” and “unsustainable.”

“We are in a moment in American history where two guys — Elon Musk and Jeff BezosJeffrey (Jeff) Preston BezosFree speech, Whole Foods, and the endangered apolitical workplace Space: One important thing that might retain bipartisan focus Virtual realities may solve Fermi's paradox about extraterrestrials MORE — own more wealth than the bottom 40 percent of people in this country,” Sanders tweeted. “That level of greed and inequality is not only immoral. It is unsustainable.”

Musk is worth $167.5 billion, according to Forbes.

Musk, the founder of the space-exploration company SpaceX, responded days later, writing on Twitter: “I am accumulating resources to help make life multiplanetary & extend the light of consciousness to the stars.”

Musk was responding to a CleanTechnia column that denounced Sanders’s comments about Bezos’s and Musk’s wealth.

That message from Musk prompted Sanders to urge him to “focus on Earth.”

Musk has previously vowed to send 1 million people to Mars by 2050, Business Insider reported. He said he is “highly confident” that SpaceX’s Starship will land on Mars by 2026, and predicted there will be “a lot of jobs" on Mars, Business Insider noted.