Why does Obama oppose Elon Musk’s plan for a Mars colony?

Source: The Hill
by Mark R Whittington

“Former President Barack Obama has been out of the White House for more than seven years. But, on occasion, he still makes news and creates controversy. Obama recently appeared at a renewable energy conference in Paris and had some sharp words about billionaires, especially Elon Musk, and efforts by his SpaceX company to colonize space. ‘But when I hear some of the people talk about the plan to colonize Mars because the [Earth’s] environment may become so degraded that it becomes unliveable, I look at them like, what are you talking about?’ … Obama’s tone, at least, about going to Mars was different 14 years ago. In order to perform some damage control in the wake of his abrupt cancellation of President George W. Bush’s Constellation Program, he traveled to the Kennedy Space Center on April 15, 2010, to unveil his own vision for space exploration.” (03/21/24)