While in Singapore for an environmental summit organized by the Carbon War Room charity he founded, Virgin Galactic Founder Richard Branson touted the environmental friendliness of his rubber burning SpaceShipTwo vehicle:
British billionaire Richard Branson today said that rocket-powered space tourism flights by his firm Virgin Galactic would have only a minor impact on climate change….
“We have reduced the (carbon emission) cost of somebody going into space from something like two weeks of New York’s electricity supply… To less than the cost of a economy round-trip from Singapore to London,” Branson told reporters in Singapore…..
“New technology can dramatically reduce the carbon output and that is the challenge we have set ourselves,” added Branson.
The SS2′s lightweight carbon-fibre body will also “reduce fuel burn dramatically”, he said.
Well, that’s interesting. Now, where to begin?