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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Libertarian Party presidential candidate Gary Johnson thinks that fleeing to other planets is the solution to man-made climate change on this planet — or so he suggested on ABC News’ This Week to host George Stephanopoulos on Sunday.

Asked about a comment he made in 2011, which seemed to dismiss the threat of climate change, Johnson said: “In billions of years, the sun is going to actually grow and encompass the Earth, right? So global warming is in our future.”

When pressed by the disbelieving ABC anchor, Johnson asked: “Can’t we have a little humor once in a while?”

He deflected any further discussion by changing the subject to space exploration. But his position on the threat of climate change was quite clear even before he went off on this tangent: Johnson opposes any government action to forestall global warming, which he acknowledges is “probably” caused by humans — and says we should “build more coal-fired power plants.”

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42 responses to “#EndorseThis: On Climate Change, Gary Johnson Says We ‘Have To Inhabit Other Planets’”

  1. Jinmichigan says:

    And 10% of the voting population thinks this guy is a real alternative? Sad.

  2. Blueberry Hill says:

    What an idiot. He needs to take some science classes. The other planets are hotter or colder than here, no known water on them, etc. I cannot believe the stupidness of anyone who would waste their vote on this pathetic moron.

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  3. InGen12 says:

    Whatever made this guy think he was ready to be President?1?!?!

  4. OverthecliffRepublicans says:

    Gary Johnson is flaky.

  5. Thoughtopsy says:

    Oh dear.
    I’m afraid the Libertarians need to grow up if anyone is to take them seriously.

  6. Not only is the GOP infested thoroughly with non-thinkers, and who are violently opposed to common-sense and to science, Gary and other libertarians are mentally out of our Solar System, and express an equally astonishing lack of fundamentals of common-sense, of science and math.

    What planet would Gary suggest we take off to? How will we propel ourselves there? Will we have warp technology available and/or the technical know-how to construct “worm-holes” from yet-undiscovered exotic materials?

    Gary, all of those Star Trek episodes are intended to give us an idea of what things might be like. But first things first— like getting some common-sense, learning how not to destroy the environment, how to live with people that look like ourselves but who have different skin colors, and how to implement an electoral system that will prevent air-heads from ever being considered eligible to be voted for in the first place.

    • Sand_Cat says:

      Best of all, Gary probably wouldn’t spend a dime of tax money to find the answers to any of your perfectly reasonable questions.

    • Independent1 says:

      And even if there was an alternative planet – how long does Gary think it would take to send someone there – do some exploration and create a means of sending more than say 1/2 a dozen people there at a time? And even if we could send say 10-20,000 – how would that help solve the problems we have that are affecting billions of people? Gary’s lack of rational thinking obviously disqualifies him as a presidential candidate.

      • It’s truly exasperating that Americans have be subjected to in the public domain on a daily basis by such nonsense that Gary is unloading. There should be some sort of filter to weed out candidates who stand outside the domain of common-sense, and who should be clearly designated as “The Nut Wing” for those inclined to vote for such.

        • dpaano says:

          Unfortunately, Aaron, there are a few people out there that think he’s the best choice for president of this country!!! Sad!!!

    • dpaano says:

      Agreed…..as I said above, even if we COULD colonize other planets, would there be a ban on certain people or religions? Would we take the planet over from those that might already live there much like we did with the American Indians? Would we destroy that planet also in time? We need to solve the problem here on earth before we go out and find another planet to destroy!

  7. Dan S says:

    Ladies & Gentleman I give you the alternative to Donald Trump ????

  8. Jon says:

    There go the Star Trek and Star Wars voters.

  9. Aiddon says:

    3rd parties really need to start attracting candidates who aren’t morons.

  10. Sand_Cat says:

    He no doubt also opposes any government action on space exploration.

    • FireBaron says:

      He definitely opposes any federal funding for it. Just like he opposes federal funding on rescuing our infrastructure, the National Weather Service, the FAA, OSHA, and all federal financial regulatory agencies.

      • Sand_Cat says:

        Unsurprising. Like the GOP whining about the slowness of the recovery from the recession they created when they opposed every attempt to speed that recovery.

    • dpaano says:

      As I said before….I think he expects us to get there via osmosis or perhaps a time machine!!! Should be interesting to ask him how he plans on getting billions of people to another planet. Maybe he’s going to be like Trump and only allow certain types or religions and to heck with those that he doesn’t agree with!!!

  11. Oddworld says:

    As much as I disagree with Gary Johnson and the Libertarian philosophy I’m disappointed with all the comments below me. I think he’s wrong to use his statement as
    a free pass to further exploit and destroy this planet but he isn’t talking about a fantasy or pseudo science. There are many reputable physicists and engineers that believe it
    to be not only plausible but also inevitable that we find a way to accomplish precisely what Johnson is describing. There’s already a company founded by a multi millionaire
    located in the South Western United States developing interconnecting modules for people to live and work in. Even more amazing is that those modules are inflatable making them easy to transport and set up. There are other private companies attempting to develop so-called generational space craft in order to reach planets that may be habitable but will take 30-50 years or more to reach. This is all happening right now folks.

    • Sand_Cat says:

      To impact more than a tiny elite, a larger source of funding would be required, i.e., the government funding he opposes. Just a bit of hypocrisy, or delusion if he thinks migration to space will be accomplished otherwise, plus ignoring the fact that those who already live on planets favorable to us (or even those we can “terraform,” assuming that’s possible, will likely not welcome us if they’re smart. Gary appears to be as far out of touch with reality as most modern libertarians seem to be.

      • Oddworld says:

        Gary Johnson’s an idiot, his intention is to use the technology as a means of escape from the problem rather than trying to solve the problem, that isn’t what I stand for. And you’re right, he probably would oppose government funding for space. As I said above, there are already private companies researching it but the government will need to throw it’s weight behind the project in order to accomplish this goal.
        Although, as excited as I am about the potential we need to fix things here first.

        • Sand_Cat says:

          I’ve no gripe with you; just wanted to point out that people like Gary Johnson aren’t the ones turn to, even for what they supposedly believe in, but it’s pretty clear you already know that.

      • dpaano says:

        Hey, sand cat…..welcome back. I haven’t heard from you in ages!!! Anyway, I totally agree with you. The BIG question would be funding, which the GOP are loath to provide for ANYTHING, much less space travel and colonization. Plus, also as you said, if there are people (or whatever) living on these other planets, do we just kick them out like we did the Indians and take over their planet. Once we do that, would we just do the same thing to that planet that we’ve done to this one? Wouldn’t it be MUCH easier to fix the problems here first?

    • Independent1 says:

      And given that global warming could make a mess of our planet in the next 2-3 decades, even if these people you’re talking about were successful in moving a few million people to these planets, which I still question (just how many space ships do you think would be launched when it would take 50 years to find out if even the 1st launch was a success)? Would they just start shooting people into space hoping for the best? So what help would all that be to the more than 6 billion more people who are left here to suffer with the destruction taking place on earth?

      • Oddworld says:

        My comment was centered around the criticisms I read on this particular topic. There was a lot of ridicule being thrown around about the notion of colonizing other planets as if it’s some kind of foolish fantasy but it isn’t. I happen to endorse the challenge of trying to get there but not at the expense of the economic, political and social problems we currently face. Yes we need to prioritize, we need to stabilize things here first but I don’t make the rules.

        • Independent1 says:

          I don’t think the criticism was directed at the efforts being made to colonize other planets; at least not from me. I think the criticism was with Gary Johnson suggesting that colonizing other planets was in any way or form, an option for dealing with global warming. Johnson apparently clearly denies the existence of global warming and therefore, because he doesn’t see any urgency in addressing the problems that face the world with global warming – he simply tossed out the ridiculous notion that one of the options man has to deal with global warming is colonizing other planets.

          • Oddworld says:

            Yeah, he did make it sound as if it is the only option he’s open to but he doesn’t believe in government funding it and private industry can’t do it alone. The problem with GW is it’s a hard sell, clearly there is global change going on and for Johnson and his fellow deniers to claim otherwise is a detriment to all of us. It’s typical of their ilk. If they don’t understand it or they feel the problem is too big to tackle they simply ignore and deny anything is wrong.

          • dpaano says:

            But wouldn’t government funding have to be used to try to colonize other planets? As I said earlier, how does he expect us to get there…..osmosis, a time machine?

    • dpaano says:

      And are we going to be a be able to keep ALL of mankind AND the animals, birds, and fish in those modules? What a dumb idea! Wouldn’t it just be easier to deal with climate control now so we don’t have to resort to such a ridiculous idea? Personally, I’d feel claustrophobic if I had to live in a bubble without being able to smell fresh air, walk through a forest, climb a mountain, swim in the ocean, smell flowers, etc. for the rest of my life! That is NOT the answer…..we’ve got the answer now and we should be dealing with it before it’s too late!

      • Oddworld says:

        No silly, it isn’t Noah’s ark. Pence’s problem is the context in which he believes this to be an inevitability. Instead of trying to save Earth he would rather continue to exploit Earth and then get the hell out of Dodge once it is so fouled up it can’t be repaired. It would be so much easier to deal with the climate before it’s too late and I believe we will.
        What I’m talking about is something completely different. Space travel of this kind is a logical step of our scientific evolution as a species just like the light bulb, flight, or splitting the atom. It’s not the final solution as Pence suggests, it will merely be an option for humans to take full advantage of if they desire it. I doubt neither you or I will be alive before this is possible but the research does suggest we’re closer than most people think.

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  13. bluetah says:

    This is no answer – even if the science is in place to do it. Our Earth is our original cradle of humankind. We must not let it be destroyed- for any futuristic reasons, or greedy contemporary reasons(oil).

  14. Bren Frowick says:

    Johnson is always a delusional idiot. Even if his bizarre “remedies” for climate change made any sense -and they don’t – he doesn’t want to actually invest anything into advancing them.

  15. dpaano says:

    Is this guy totally insane? He’s dumber than a box of rocks! How does he think we’re going to GET to those planets…..osmosis! Anyone that even considers voting for him needs to have their heads examined.

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