A decorated environmental scientist beloved by Bill Gates slams Elon Musk as 'delusional' for thinking humans could ever live on Mars

Business Insider | 10/5/2019 | Ben Gilbert
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Billionaires Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk both have companies dedicated to space travel — Blue Origin and SpaceX, respectively.

Bill Gates, however, is spending his billions on solving some of the world's biggest problems: Disease, sustainable energy solutions, and climate change. To that end, he studies the works of acclaimed energy scientist and researcher Vaclav Smil who's written dozens of books on those subjects.

Criticism - Efforts - Earth - Planets - Musk

In a scathing criticism of efforts to leave Earth and terraform other planets, as Musk has suggested, Smil called Musk "delusional. "You have to be a delusional Elon Musk to think that we can terraform Mars and leave this planet," Smil said in the new Netflix documentary on Bill Gates. "We will never leave this planet."

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Elon Musk has aspirations to reach the stars — to "extend consciousness beyond Earth" — and he's got a company dedicated to just that: SpaceX.

That company just revealed its plans for reaching Mars, which Musk intends to make livable for humans.

Detractor - Energy - Scientist - Vaclav - Smil

However, he's got at least one major detractor: acclaimed energy scientist Vaclav Smil, who's most well-known as the author of dozens of complex books on a variety of scientific subjects. He called Musk's plans "delusional" in the recently released documentary on Bill Gates, "Inside Bill's Brain: Decoding Bill Gates."

Gates is a fan of Smil, and he's read read every one of...
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