So Elon Musk wants to launch Teslas into space? Let him.

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Millions of geeks watched with unbridled glee this week as Elon Musk’s private rocket company, SpaceX, launched a red Tesla Roadster into space.

Within minutes, there were live views of our beautiful planet from a camera mounted behind a creepy-looking mannequin in a space suit behind the steering wheel. On the car’s center console were the words: “DON’T PANIC!”

The whole thing was a grand spectacle worthy of P.T. Barnum as well as a lofty achievement in its own right. It was the brainchild of a remarkable person whose life goals include solving climate change and ensuring the long-term survival of humanity. Nothing modest about that.

For those of us who share Musk’s resolve to tackle climate change, it