Bill Gates says telling people they can't eat meat or have a 'nice house' won't solve the climate crisis




Warren Buffett, Bill and Melinda Gates, in an interview on May 5, 2015
Warren Buffett, Bill and Melinda Gates, in an interview on May 5, 2015  
  • Bill Gates said only innovation can help solve the climate crisis.

  • He told Bloomberg Zero it's "unrealistic" to expect people to radically change how they live.

  • Gates says he played a key role in the Inflation Reduction Act, which will help cut carbon emissions.

Bill Gates said the climate crisis will not be solved by expecting people to radically change their lifestyle over concerns about the environment.

"Anyone who says telling people to stop eating meat or wanting to have a nice house will basically change human desires, I think, that is too difficult," he told Bloomberg's Zero podcast. "You can make a case for it, but I don't think it's realistic for that to play a central role."  

The billionaire philanthropist discussed the US climate bill in the podcast and said that climate change could not be solved without innovation.

"We're not even trying to make breakthroughs, such as inventing an economic way of making aviation fuel, cement or steel," he said. "The existing tools only apply to areas like electricity generation and don't apply to most of the emissions."

Gates has long been a supporter of climate change innovation. In 2015 he founded TerraPower, which designs nuclear reactors, and launched Breakthrough Energy, an investment vehicle that has invested in almost 100 clean-energy companies.

He has also funded a number of start-ups including Turntide, which creates energy-efficient electric motors, and lithium start-up Mangrove Lithium. Last year he published a book titled "How To Avoid A Climate Disaster" that calls for climate innovation. 

The world's fifth-richest person also said in the interview that he played a key role in the Inflation Reduction Act, which has allocated almost $370 billion to help cut US carbon emissions by 40% over the next eight years.

"I am getting governments involved and this latest bill I was personally involved in a lot of what got written into it and working with the key senators in the last month to get it passed," he said.

COMMENTS

More Related News

COP27: What was agreed at the Sharm el Sheikh climate conference?
COP27: What was agreed at the Sharm el Sheikh climate conference?
  • World
  • 2022-12-08 16:37:29Z

New money for climate damage, but little progress on emissions. A round up of what was agreed in Egypt.

Qatar
Qatar's gas output increase could cause catastrophic global heating, report says

If Qatar exploits all its reserves it will add 50bn metric tons of CO2 to atmosphere, more than entire annual emissions of whole world

Officials talk biodiversity as drought stunts Kenya wildlife
Officials talk biodiversity as drought stunts Kenya wildlife

In Kenya's sweltering northern Samburu county, a destructive drought exacerbated by climate change is wreaking havoc on people and wildlife. After four...

U.S. floats new steel, aluminum tariffs based on carbon emissions
U.S. floats new steel, aluminum tariffs based on carbon emissions

U.S. officials are proposing to levy tariffs on steel and aluminum based on how much carbon the producing country's industries emit, in a bid to fight...

White House seeks to cut federal building emissions 30% by 2030
White House seeks to cut federal building emissions 30% by 2030

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -The White House on Wednesday launched the first standard on cutting carbon emissions from federal buildings as part of the Biden...

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply

Comments

Top News: Economy