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Bill Gates to Fund an Energy Miracle’ (Link)

Kudos to Bill Gates. He says no more oil, no more gas. He’s contributing $2 billion of his own money to the race for green energy innovation. And, yes, it does need to be a race.

‘We Need an Energy Miracle’ (Link)

Bill Gates commits his fortune to move the world beyond fossil fuels and mitigate climate change.

Bill Gates has committed his fortune to moving the world beyond fossil fuels and mitigating climate change. — The Atlantic, Science

He has pledged to commit $2 billion himself. […]

Gates is on a solo global lobbying campaign to press his species to accomplish something on a scale it has never attempted before. He wants human beings to invent their way out of the coming collision with planetary climate change, accelerating a transition to new forms of energy that might normally take a century or more. To head off a rise in average global temperatures of 2 degrees Celsius above preindustrial levels—the goal set by international agreement—Gates believes that by 2050, wealthy nations like China and the United States, the most prodigious belchers of greenhouse gases, must be adding no more carbon to the skies.

Those who study energy patterns say we are in a gradual transition from oil and coal to natural gas, a fuel that emits far less carbon but still contributes to global warming. Gates thinks that we can’t accept this outcome, and that our best chance to vault over natural gas to a globally applicable, carbon-free source of energy is to drive innovation “at an unnaturally high pace.”

When I sat down to hear his case a few weeks ago, he didn’t evince much patience for the argument that American politicians couldn’t agree even on whether climate change is real, much less on how to combat it. “If you’re not bringing math skills to the problem,” he said with a sort of amused asperity, “then representative democracy is a problem.” What follows is a condensed transcript of his remarks, lightly edited for clarity. […]

— James Bennet, The Atlantic

Read on. Bill Gates is optimistic about the climate crisis because of innovation. He thinks the U.S. Department of Energy spends R&D funds wisely, and that they need four times more money. He’s hopeful the American Congress will come through on climate action. He has faith in human ingenuity.

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JoAnn Chateau

JoAnn Chateau likes progressive politics and loves the canines. She writes fiction about an alpha Bichon named Chester, and his friends--with a dash of humor and a dab of poli-sci. JoAnn worked professionally in the Psychology and Information Science fields. Retired now, she enjoys the creative life.

8 Comments

    • JoAnn Chateau

      (Just when you think you’re getting somewhere….) Thanks for the heads-up, Susan. Signed and shared.

  1. thespiritkeepers

    It is the old addage. When we see it I will believe it. He is also on the committee if not wrong on eugenics. Love your theme change. Meant to mention earlier on.

    • JoAnn Chateau

      So, you have your doubts about Gates. Well, you are right in the ‘seeing is believing’ angle.

      Thanks about theme change! 🙂

      • thespiritkeepers

        You’re welcome.People can spew at the mouth how much they want and promise but the tall tale is seeing it.

  2. swo8

    I’m glad he’s doing that but if he is successful he will make considerably more than he put into it.
    Leslie

    • JoAnn Chateau

      I hope so. That will be profit for taking a considerable financial risk, developing something the world actually needs and wants, and getting the job done – i.e., saving the planet. (It’s the lazy corporate welfare queens I can’t abide.)

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