Donald Trump’s policies have always raised a few eyebrows and this time they caught Stephen Hawking’s attention. The leading physicist has slammed the environmental policy of the new government and has suggested ousting Scott Pruitt, Environmental Protection Agency chief.
While talking with Good Morning Britain, Hawking was asked if he would visit the United States, to which he replied that he may not be welcomed under President Trump. Having referred to Trump as a ‘demagogue’ before being appointed, Hawking said that an effective approach to tackling climate change would win him more votes for a second term.
His concern was majorly for the environmental policy that the Trump government went with for tackling the ever-increasing climate change issue. Scott Pruit believes that carbon dioxide doesn’t contribute to climate change and Hawking wants him to be replaced the Environment Protection Agency, which the new government has decided to shut down by 2018.
“Trump was elected by people who felt disenfranchised by the governing elite in a revolt against globalisation,” he told ITV1’s breakfast programme. “His priority will be to satisfy his electorate, who are neither liberal nor that well informed.”
Hawking also commented on the recent discovery of TRAPPIST-1 exoplanets 39 light-years away from the solar system. He said that it isn’t possible for humans to travel this distance using current technology. The best that could be done today is sending a robotic nano craft propelled by giant lasers that would travel at 20 percent speed of light. It would take the probe at least 240 years to reach the planets and send pictures, he added.
Meanwhile, Hawking has given a nod for his space journey on board Richard Branson’s spaceship named Virgin Galactic. The spaceship will carry people to space for commercial missions.