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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.”

Watch the clip, below:

Photo and video via ABC News/YouHotNews (YouTube)

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Federal Reserve Board Chairman Jerome Powell said failure to pay US debts is 'just not something we can contemplate'

Washington (AFP) - The chairman of the US Federal Reserve called on lawmakers to raise the nation's borrowing limit urgently on Wednesday, warning that failure to pay government debts would do "severe damage" to the economy.

"It's just very important that the debt ceiling be raised in a timely fashion so the United States can pay its bills when it comes due," Jerome Powell said as the central bank concluded its September meeting. Failure to pay, he added, is "just not something we can contemplate."

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