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Here's Why Gary Johnson Believes the Future of Mankind is to Inhibit Other Planets

Sep 27, 2016 04:00 AM EDT

Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson showed that he is willing to think out of the box – or out of the world – to get through the environmental problems plaguing the planet. In an interview with ABC’s “This Week”, he explained how he thinks the future of the human race is in another planet.

“We do have to inhabit other planets,” Johnson said in the interview, according to a report from CNN. “The future of the human race is space exploration.”

His remarks were due to his past comments about climate change and the likelihood that “the sun will engulf the Earth.” Defending his statements from back in 2011, Johnson said he was merely injecting a bit of humor to a serious issue.

Johnson’s position in the climate change debate is real, but that government or international treaties cannot provide a solution.

“That is long term,” he continued during the interview, explaining his point about the sun engulfing the earth. “I mean, plate tectonics, at one point Africa and South America separated. And I am talking now about the Earth and the fact that we have existed for billions of years.”

The candidate also spoke up about the Environmental Protection Agency saying, “I think the EPA exists to protect us against individuals, groups, corporations that would do us harm. Pollution is harm.”

Up against strong candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, the challenge to win the presidency may seem like an uphill battle, but Johnson is confident what he represents resonate in many of his countrymen.

"I do think that what I'm saying is representative of the majority of Americans," he told USA Today. "What am I saying? Well, fiscally conservative, socially inclusive, free markets, let's stop with the military interventions, let's stop supporting regime change. We're supporting marriage equality, supporting a woman's right to choose, supporting the legalization of marijuana."

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