According to U.S. Senator Rand Paul, fears of climate change are overblown — but we should also venture out and drastically change the environments of other planets so humanity might settle them.
Paul tweeted his bizarre stance on Sunday, after he attempted to roast Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez over her aggressive plans to fight climate change, a move which, as HuffPost reports, backfired spectacularly.
And clapbacks aside, his stance that there’s no urgent rush to try and mitigate climate change is troubling given the exhaustive mountain of evidence to the contrary.
In his tweet, Paul linked to a 2018 Cosmos Magazine article exploring the possibility of using bacteria to create a hospitable atmosphere on Mars.
Multiple researchers have looked into using bacteria to terraform a new home planet, but that’s a plan for the distant future at best — and not a feasible alternative to protecting and preserving Earth.
Paul also argued that “humans will likely survive for hundreds of millions of years into the future” — and whether or not that’s true, it will be much more difficult if we continue to destroy the only habitat we have.
READ MORE: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Rips Rand Paul Over GOP’s ‘Spaceballs’ Climate Agenda [HuffPost]
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