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 SandersNewsmax host: Jury decided to 'sacrifice' Chauvin to the mob Lawmakers react to guilty verdict in Chauvin murder trial: 'Our work is far from done' Senate confirms SEC chief Gensler to full five-year term MORE (I-Vt.) on Monday told Tesla's Elon MuskElon Reeve MuskNASA picks Elon Musk's SpaceX to build spacecraft for manned moon missions Why does Bernie Sanders want to quash Elon Musk's dreams? Hillicon Valley: Intel heads to resume threats hearing scrapped under Trump | New small business coalition to urge action on antitrust policy | Amazon backs corporate tax hike to pay for infrastructure 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.


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 BezosNASA picks Elon Musk's SpaceX to build spacecraft for manned moon missions Harvard Business community backs alumna's discrimination lawsuit against Amazon Union leader: 'Amazon left no stone unturned' in unionization fight 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.