Following on from Prince William’s comments about the need to fix things on earth before embarking on space voyages for billionaires, former Star Trek legend William Shatner fired back at the Prince in an interview on Entertainment Tonight, as reported by Metro.
How Did Shatner Respond To The Prince’s Comments
‘He’s a lovely, gentle, educated man, but he’s got the wrong idea…‘The idea here is not to go, “Yeah, look at me. I’m in space.”…I would tell the prince, and I hope the prince gets the message, this is a baby step into the idea of getting industry up there, so that [we can get] all those polluting industries, especially, for example, the industries that make electricity..off of Earth…We’ve got all the technology, the rockets, to send the things up there… You can build a base 250, 280 miles above the Earth and send that power down here, and they catch it, and they then use it, and it’s there….All it needs is… somebody as rich as Jeff Bezos [to say], “Let’s go up there…The prince is missing the point. The point is these are the baby steps to show people [that] it’s very practical. You can send somebody like me up into space.’
An Alternative Solution To Pollution?
Whilst William is devoting his time and resources to help fix environmental concerns here, Shatner takes an altogether different view. His message for the Price is that rather than try to minimise, or remove polluting industries from the Earth, that instead, opening up the vast area of space to these disruptors would be a practical way to ‘have your cake and eat it’.
The difference between the two ideologies is that William feels that time is near to being up in solving the planet’s problems, whereas Shatner believes that a longer term strategy could be successful.
With scientists and others feeling that the Earth is at a tipping point, it is unlikely that William will be converted to the idea that the planet can wait the necessary amount of time to secure a viable space industrial program that will solve the pollution and climate change problems that are currently underway.
In a conciliatory tone, Shatner felt that it was necessary to ‘fix some of the stuff down here’, implying that his vision, and the Duke’s endeavours were compatible, rather than mutually exclusive.