Jeff Bezos sees space as a new sacrificial zone

After the speech by Jeff Bezos escape Yesterday, Earth founder Amazon had an idea. “We have to take all the heavy industry, all the polluting industry and move it into space and keep the earth as this beautiful gem on the planet that it is,” he said interview with NBC News. “Achieving it takes decades, but you have to start. And big things start with small steps.”

Big things start with small steps, but this particular idea is a big step backwards. Going into space to make goods at zero weight is logistical nightmare and astronomical costs, without exaggeration. And it’s not really a very innovative plan. Attaching unnecessary items to a place that is seemingly out of sight is a tired idea to you. It is the same old way of thinking that has been pouring industrial waste onto colonized populations and areas of color for centuries.

Long before the rich, white men catapulted themselves into space, they approached anything at that time to “border” the eyes of the dollar signs and destroy them afterwards. As a result, the holy land today for the Shoshone and Paiute tribes was named a nuclear facility landfill In Nevada. The rural area along the Mississippi River, home to previously enslaved people and their descendants, became Louisiana “Cancer Alley” after more than 150 refineries and a petrochemical plant moved.

Their country and homes became “sacrificial areas” for industry and Western development, environmental rights advocates often say. As the founder of Amazon, Bezos is responsible for creating new “sacrificial zones” for the warehouses of the retail empire. They still need to be addressed – maybe he could start there before creating new ones in space?

Personally speaking, the Amazon now has a huge footprint in the area where I grew up, California’s “Inland Empire”. When I was there as a kid, the place was still a kind of Los Angeles badlands – a potential pitstop for city and beach town residents in their car through the desert to Las Vegas. It was a place that was in the sight and mind of the bezos of the world.

Now the area is increasingly dominated by retail stocks which is against the houses of the nations and which are magnets to pollute trucks and airplanes. There are some in the landlocked state the worst air pollution in the country. Amazon is the largest private employer in the region and is under pressure population and own employees cleanse their deeds.

“Every time I see one of them [Amazon] trucks with a smiley face feel like it is making fun of people, ”says Adrian Martinez, a senior lawyer at the non-profit organization Earthjustice. The country’s justice currently represents environmental groups who have filed a lawsuit against the developer of a new air cargo logistics center in the inland empire who houses in the Amazon.

An Amazon Prime truck drives to the BNSF railway yard.  The railroad yard is located across the street from the soccer field and community center in San Bernardino, California and attracts steady truck traffic.

An Amazon Prime truck drives to the BNSF railroad yard across the street through a soccer field and multipurpose building in San Bernardino, California.
Photo: Justine Calma / The Verge

Amazon and Bezos have both made splashes promises to combat climate change. But the residents represented by Martinez are continues to breathe the pollution of the Amazon. “That’s what they are, they’re pledges. And I think I feel a lot more confident when I see zero-emission cars moving near my customers,” Martinez says.

People like Martinez don’t ask Bezos, the Amazon, or other corporate polluters to transfer their pollution into space. They ask for other things electric vehicles on the road, a much lighter elevator than thinking about how to expand the industry in space. They call for an end to pollution in the first place and for billionaires to stop planning new “victim areas”.

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