Barack Obama says Jeff Bezos should worry about Earth before space. But Bezos says going to space is the way to save Earth.

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Speaking recently, the former US president chastised Silicon Valley tycoons for investing in projects aimed at sending humans to live off-world.

Elon Muskfor example, launched his aerospace company EspaceX with an investment of approximately $100 million from his personal funds. And Jeff Bezos has probably invested between $7.5 billion and $20 billion in his own aerospace company, Blue Origin.

“I would prefer that we invest here to take care of this planet,” Obama said at the opening of the POwR.Earth 2024 summit in Paris last week.

“When I hear certain people talking about the project of colonize Mars Because the Earth’s environment can degrade to the point of becoming unlivable, I look at them like: What are you talking about?’” Obama said.

Bezos, meanwhile, said going to space was the best way to continue humanity’s growth while preserving the planet’s natural resources.

“In almost every way, life is better for almost everyone today than it was, say, 50 or 100 years ago,” Bezos said in a meeting with podcaster Lex Fridman in December. Bezos did not respond to Business Insider’s request for comment on Obama’s views.

Bezos cited literacy, poverty and infant mortality rates as examples of humanity’s progress. But humanity’s progress comes at the expense of planet Earth, he said.

“There’s one thing that’s going backwards, and that’s the natural world,” Bezos told Fridman. “We’ve traded some of that pristine beauty for all these other gifts that we have as an advanced society. And we can have both, but to do that we have to go to space.”

The billionaire, co-founder Blue origina space exploration company that aims to launch its New Glenn mega-rocket on its maiden voyage by the third quarter of this year, has outlined its vision for the future of a space-conquering people in its interview with Friedman.

Unlike Elon Musk, who sees humans are colonizing Mars As his next project, Bezos sees more potential in space stations.

According to his plans, humans would choose to live on Earth or in large space stations near Earth. The resources needed for humanity’s expansion could come from the asteroid belt and near-Earth objects, protecting what remains on Earth.

Humans living near Earth could then choose to visit the planet on vacation “the same way you might go on vacation to Yellowstone National Park,” he said.

“I would love to see a trillion humans living in the solar system. If we had a trillion humans, we would have, at any given time, 1,000 Mozarts and 1,000 Einsteins,” he said.

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