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Richard Branson and Jeff Bezos went to space, and all we got was this lousy T-shirt

Blue Origin's New Shepard rocket sits on the landing pad after carrying passengers Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon and space tourism company Blue Origin, brother Mark Bezos, Oliver Daemen, and Wally Funk, from its spaceport near Van Horn, Texas, on July 20.
Blue Origin's New Shepard rocket sits on the landing pad after carrying passengers Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon and space tourism company Blue Origin, brother Mark Bezos, Oliver Daemen, and Wally Funk, from its spaceport near Van Horn, Texas, on July 20.Tony Gutierrez/Associated Press

There is at least one group not celebrating Richard Branson’s and Jeff Bezos’ recent space flights. Those of us who take the now-self-evident global climate change as real and are working to persuade people to take responsible steps to reduce it don’t command the spotlight these self-serving billionaires receive. Branson and Bezos apparently believe that space tourism will be the next wonderful new industry. Perhaps it has escaped them that one of these flights to nowhere emits roughly 60 times the carbon per passenger mile as air travel.

How discouraging it is to work to inform people to be environmentally responsible only to read about the highly publicized excesses of our billionaire class.

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Wayne Strattman

Boston


Re “Rocket fire of the vanities” (Business, July 21): Congratulations, Jeff Bezos, for your extraordinary accomplishment. Do you know what would be an even more spectacular achievement that would have a far greater impact on humankind than your 10-minute, 20-second thrill ride? Write a check for your fair share of taxes.

Adam Villone

Cummaquid