Billionaire Bill Gates appeared to backtrack on some of his previous statements about climate change during a recent event.
“There’s a lot of climate exaggeration,” said Gates.
“The climate is not the end of the planet. So the planet is going to be fine.”
Bill Gates made the remarks on climate change at the Earthshot Prize Innovation Summit.
Days later, he made a similar remark at a New York Times event, saying, there are effects on humanity, the planet less so,” and “no temperate country is going to become uninhabitable.”
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Gates said if world leaders are going to implement climate policies, it cannot be achieved by using “brute force.
“If you try to do climate brute force, you will get people who say, ‘I like climate but I don’t want to bear that cost and reduce my standard of living,’” Gates remarked.
“Without innovation, it’s unlikely, particularly in middle-income countries, that the brute force approach will be successful.”
Gates went on to call for increased support from both political parties for legislation addressing climate change.
“You can’t have a climate policy that when one party is in charge goes full speed ahead and stops cold,” he said. “These are 30-year investments in steel factories.”
“It’s pretty clear we’re not going to go to extreme scenarios,” he added.
“Emissions will peak and then start to go down. They won’t go down as fast as we want them to, and so the temperature will continue to rise, and once the temperature has risen, it doesn’t go down very quickly unless you do massive carbon removal.”
Furthermore, Gates claimed he is “the person who’s doing the most on climate in terms of the innovation and in how we can square multiple goals,” implying that he is an authority on climate change issues because of the money he has donated to the cause.
Earlier this year, Gates voiced concerns that many Westerners will refuse to live in poverty in order to help fight climate change.
“I don’t think we can count on people living an impoverished lifestyle as a solution to climate change,” Gates said at an event in India on March 1.
“You know, meat consumption in India will be less … That’s wonderful. Will all Indians become vegetarians? Will all Americans become vegetarians? I wouldn’t want to count on it. Anybody who wants to evangelize that, they’re welcome to. I won’t resist in any way,” Gates added.
Gates has been pushing for rich Western nations to start eating synthetic beef as he buys vast swaths of American farmland.
During an online interaction on Reddit earlier this year, Gates pushed for the widespread adoption of non-animal meat products.
“For people who want to go Vegan, that is great, but I don’t think most people will do that. There are companies making ‘beef’ in new ways and people working to still use cows but reduce the methane emissions,” he wrote.
“I have backed a number of innovators in this space, including Beyond and Impossible and Memphis. I think eventually these products will be very good even though their share is small today.”
The Microsoft founder is now the “largest private farmland owner” in the United States, owning over 270,000 acres of farmland in 19 states.
Gates is also worried about energy consumption, calling on Governments to implement strict laws to limit the use and completely ban things like air conditioning, which could be “good for the climate.”
“But as India gets warmer and warmer, I’m betting the demand for air conditioning is going to skyrocket,” Gates said.
“The country that has the most air conditioning by far is the United States. Even Europe doesn’t have what we have,’ Gates added.
“And so, as it gets hotter, you know, you demand more electricity, which, if it’s not green, then you’re in a positive feedback loop,” he continued.