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Libertarian candidate Johnson promotes space travel as solution for climate change

Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson
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Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson

The challenges posed by climate change could be solved by humans living on other planets, Gary Johnson, the Libertarian presidential candidate and former governor of New Mexico, has told ABC News.

"We do have to inhabit other planets. The future of the human race is space exploration," he told the broadcaster in an interview late Sunday.

Johnson was asked about a comment made back in 2011 where he said that "in billions of years the sun is going to actually grow and encompass the earth." Johnson told ABC on Sunday that the remark had been a joke.

"Can't we have a little humor once in a while? And that is long term. 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 and will going forward," he said.

He added that the human race needs to be prudent and care about the environment.

"I think that the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) exists to protect us against individuals, groups, corporations, that will do us harm. Pollution is harm," he later added.

Watch the full interview at ABC News by clicking here.