Jeff Bezos completed an 11-minute voyage into space aboard Blue Origin’s New Shepard launcher on Tuesday
Billionaire Jeff Bezos thanked his Amazon employees and customers for paying for his leisure trip to space, but his remarks have since sparked criticism from many, including politicians and celebrities.
On board during a press conference after his space flight Blue Origins New Shepherdsaid Mr Bezos, “I would also like to thank every Amazon employee and customer for paying for all of this.”
Critics quickly pointed out, however, that Amazon employees have been complaining about poor working conditions, long working hours and low wages for years and have also accused the company founder of not paying his fair share of taxes and tax avoidance practices.
Representative of the US Congress Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Said on Twitter: “Yes, Amazon workers paid for it – with lower wages, union busting, a hectic and inhuman workplace, and delivering to drivers who have no health insurance during a pandemic.
“Amazon customers are paying for Amazon to abuse its market power to harm small businesses.”
That comes after Amazon’s founder and CEO will step down from running the company when the company reported record sales for its core Christmas quarter for 2020, topping over $ 100 billion (£ 73.1 billion) for the first time due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
And senator and former presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren, accused the Amazon founder, who recently resigned as CEO, of not paying taxes and called for a national “wealth tax” in the US.
“Jeff Bezos forgot to thank all of the hardworking Americans who actually paid taxes to keep this country going while he and Amazon paid nothing,” she said.
“I’m pushing for three changes to our tax laws … so that billionaires and mega-corporations start paying their fair share.”
And representative Count Blumenauer now calls for a US space tax.
“Space travel is not a tax-free vacation for the rich. We pay taxes on plane tickets, ”he wrote.
“Billionaires going into space – with no scientific value – should do the same thing and more!”
Mr Blumenauer had expressed concern about the environmental impact of space tourism flights and said that he had passed legislation aimed at making passengers on such flights pay taxes in order to offset the pollution.
Mr Bezos has also been criticized by politicians outside the United States, along with the leader of Canada’s New Democratic Party, Jagmeet Singh, demanded that the “ultra-rich pay their fair share” of taxes.
He wrote: “Jeff Bezos’ space flight took 11 minutes. During the pandemic, he got about $ 1.6 million richer every 11 minutes.
“All along, Justin Trudeau allowed Amazon to pay $ 0 in taxes.”
This comes after a team from NASA and NOAA recently discovered that The Earth’s “energy imbalance” doubled between 2005 and 2019. The energy imbalance of heat within the planet is easy to understand, but its causes and effects on climate are complex.
The daily show, moderated by comedian Trevor Noah, highlighted the working conditions of Amazon employees after Mr Bezos’ flight.
“Jeff Bezos was in space for five minutes – or as it is known in the Amazon warehouse, your allotted break time for a 16-hour day,” they said.
According to the nonprofit investigative journalism organization ProPublica, Mr. Bezos did not pay any income tax in 2007 and 2011.
Mr Bezos traveled aboard his Blue Origin rocket on July 20 with his brother Mark, pioneer astronaut Wally Funk, and recent high school graduate Oliver Daeman, 18.