Elon Musk is the billionaire to watch, and many people in the United States (US) have been watching, especially since his launch of SpaceX in 2002. SpaceX is “one of the world’s fastest growing providers of launch services—[including] commercial satellite launches as well as US government missions,” the About section on SpaceX’s main website proudly states. It’s important to note, that SpaceX is not NASA, but if you’re confused there’s a lovely explanation on Quora titled, What is the Relationship between NASA and SpaceX.
I was interested in the relationship between SpaceX and NASA, as well as the Space Race’s current face, Elon Musk.
This first comparison looks at Google searches made the last twelve months in the US. Note the largest spike in search activity for both Elon Musk and SpaceX happen at the same time, between the dates of Feb 4th and Feb 10th in 2018. This may be due to the successful launch of Falcon Heavy on the 6th.
Image released by SpaceX on 16 Feb 2018
Even NASA saw a boost in search activity because of the launch. Proving that the public is still very interested in what efforts are being made to reach the final frontier.
Global Warming is not a hoax. Today, people with opinions counter to the theory are often subject to criticism. United States (US) President, Donald Trump is often associated with these views. In 2012, Donald Trump tweeted a statement quite counter to the theory of Global Warming.
I was interested to see just how he, and his comment, have influenced Google search interest, worldwide, of China, Global Warming and The Paris Agreement over time.
See more here: https://trends.google.com/trends/explore?date=2012-01-01%202018-09-27&q=global%20warming,donald%20trump,china,the%20paris%20agreement
Today, China is the new world leader in renewable energy, as well as an avid participant in the fight against Global Warming.
Importantly, The Paris Agreement was adopted in 2015 by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). An accord to wit the US has withdrawn since President Trump’s inauguration in 2016. In fact, despite mentions of rejoining, this has not happened.
Five days ago, at the California climate summit, Al Gore received a positive response when he said that a new president in 2020 could get us back into The Paris Agreement, with 30 days notice.
Sadly, this Google Trends graphic shows that as much as Al Gore and those who agree with him feel a different US President will affect change, there are just not enough people worldwide concerned with the issue.
This graphic also shows the unique relationship between a popular businessman’s tweet and public interest.
Look closely and that first tiny spike in the “donald trump” red line. See how it dips, well that dip actually starts in October 2012, and levels out lower with his comment about “the Chinese” in November. This is when the “china” yellow line experiences a quick rise in search interest.
I don’t have to give Trump credit, it’d be stereotypical of him just to take credit instead.
At least this is certain, as grim as the current environmental prospects seem without the US’s involvement. There is hope. Please remove any ethnocentric mindset and focus.
First found in Twitter post @Iamasiahn, 11 Sep 2018
Verified by google reverse image search
Humanity has time to influence this issue. Global Warming and its effects are not yet so unreversible. This means positive ecological change can happen.
Sadly, that change is contingent on one very stubborn species.
It is up to us to promote awareness through education. It is up to us to reduce our consumption of unreusable goods by investing in durable, reusable products. It is up to us to support the ecological environment around us, just as much as our social one.
I believe progress can be made on these fronts through more considerate discussion.
I continue to hope that future exploration of the final frontier will be due to curiosity and not due to need.