Jeff Bezos Uses Money to Spew Emissions Directly Into Upper Atmosphere During Space Trip | RS News 7/20/

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Jeff Bezos, a man with an obscene amount of money who probably pays less in taxes than you, used his money to launch himself into space Tuesday, July 20th. During a summer that’s been marred by severe weather around the globe, spurred by the increasingly drastic effects of climate change, Bezos boarded a spacecraft built by his own rocket company, Blue Origin, which launched him about 60 miles into the sky. As The Guardian recently reported, such launches spew huge amounts of heat and gas into the atmosphere, and while they pale in comparison to the carbon emissions created by the airline industry, rockets are unique in that they emit directly into the upper atmosphere, so the emissions linger longer than usual, about two to three years. And while the Blue Origin rocket burns a comparatively “clean” mix of liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen that emits steam, even water shot directly into the atmosphere can have a warming impact.