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UN chief tears into Jeff Bezos and Richard Branson for 'joyriding to space while millions go hungry on Earth'

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UN chief tears into Jeff Bezos and Richard Branson for 'joyriding to space while millions go hungry on Earth'


Business Insider 9/21/2021

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· United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told other world leaders the billionaires created "a malady of mistrust."

· 联合国秘书长古特雷斯对其他世界领导人说,亿万富翁们造成了“信任危机”。

· He pointed to Jeff Bezos' and Richard Bransons' flights into space as a sign of massive disparity between the rich and the poor.

· 他指出,杰夫·贝佐斯和理查德·布兰森的太空之旅是贫富差距巨大的标志。

· Bezos has faced criticism in the past for the over $5.5 billion he spent on his trip into outer space.

· 贝佐斯过去曾因在外太空旅行花费55亿美元而受到批评。

    A United Nations chief ripped into Jeff Bezos and Richard Branson on Tuesday. United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told other world leaders during his opening remarks at the UN General Assembly that the billionaires' race to space demonstrated massive gaps between the poor and the uber wealthy.

周二,联合国秘书长抨击了杰夫·贝佐斯(Jeff Bezos)和理查德·布兰森(Richard Branson)。联合国秘书长古特雷斯在联合国大会的开幕致辞中告诉其他世界领导人,亿万富翁的太空竞赛显示了穷人和超级富豪之间的巨大差距。

    He said that a "malady of mistrust" is spreading across the globe as everyday people see their rights curtailed and struggle to put food on the table. Guterres said "parents see a future for their children that looks even bleaker than the struggles of today," while at the same time they see "billionaires joyriding to space while millions go hungry on Earth."


    Spokespeople from the billionaires' space companies, Blue Origin and Virgin Galactic, did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Insider.

这两家亿万富翁的太空公司蓝色起源(Blue Origin)和维珍银河(Virgin Galactic)的发言人没有立即回应内幕网的置评请求。

    This summer Bezos and Branson each flew into outer space on their own private rockets. Though the billionaires were only in space for a matter of moments, the trips cost billions of dollars and captured a worldwide audience.


    At the time of their rocket launches, both billionaires received heavy criticism, as people called for the men to pay higher taxes. Sen. Elizabeth Warren took Bezos to task for the spaceflight after ProPublica reported that the Amazon founder did not pay any income taxes for at least two years between 2006 and 2018.

在火箭发射的时候,这两位亿万富翁都受到了严厉的批评,人们认为他们应该缴纳更高的税。在ProPublica报道称亚马逊创始人贝佐斯在2006年至2018年的至少两年时间里没有缴纳任何所得税之后,参议员伊丽莎白·沃伦(Elizabeth Warren)立即对贝佐斯的太空飞行提出了批评。

    "He's laughing at every person in America who actually paid taxes," Warren said.


    Following his flight, Bezos thanked Amazon workers and gave away over $200 million in a pair of award recognizing "courage and civility." He also acknowledged his critics.


    "[They] are mostly right," Bezos said at the time. "We have to do both. We have lots of problems here and now on Earth and we need to work on those and we also need to look to the future, we've always done that as a species and as a civilization."


    Last week, Elon Musk's company SpaceX completed the world's first human spaceflight to orbit space with only private citizens on board. Though Musk has yet to go into space, he has also faced criticism for focusing some of his environmental efforts on outer space.

上周,埃隆·马斯克(Elon Musk)的SpaceX公司完成了世界上第一次只有普通公民的载人太空飞行。虽然马斯克还没有进入太空,但他也因将重点放在外太空的环境保护上而受到批评。

    "I think we should spend the vast majority of our resources solving problems on Earth. Like, 99% plus of our economy should be dedicated to solving problems on Earth," Musk said in the first episode of the Netflix documentary about the flight. "But I think maybe something like 1%, or less than 1%, could be applied to extending life beyond Earth."


    SpaceX did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Insider. But, Musk's driving force behind SpaceX's progress has long been plans for colonizing Mars.


    "If life is just about problems, what's the point of living," Musk said in the documentary.


    The Inspiration4 mission also featured a fundraiser that raised over $200 million for St. Jude. Musk himself contributed $50 million.


来源:Business Insider