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Bill Gates:Obama Told Me Energy Consumption Tax Makes Sense (Video)
Daily Caller ^ | February 29, 2012 | Nicholas Ballasay

Posted on 02/29/2012 8:37:36 PM PST by lbryce

Microsoft co-founder and chairman Bill Gates said that President Barack Obama told him he supports a two percent national energy consumption tax, though the president said it likely could not be implemented because of gridlock in Congress.

“We certainly need a price on carbon,” Gates said at the Energy Innovation Summit in Washington on Tuesday. (RELATED: Full coverage of the energy world)

“What’s key is the carbon tax in the 20-to-50 year period, and can politicians do something today that would make it crystal clear to a risk-taker that there’s going to be a substantial carbon tax during the relevant time period,” Gates said. “If I’m innovating in power plants today for people who buy power plants ten years from now, [the goal is that] their equation will favor the clean technology.”

The former chief executive of Microsoft, currently rated by Forbes Magazine as the second-richest person in the world, said that President Obama was receptive to his views on energy policy.

“What we said is that, by putting a two percent tax on energy consumption, you could fund this additional scientific investment, and it would have a very good payback,” Gates said.

“The president was great,” Gates continued. “He met with us and said of course this makes sense, but with the gridlock that we have today on this, the likelihood of that kind of allocation — including the tax revenue that would support it — is very low, and that is deeply unfortunate.”

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KEYWORDS: energyconsumption; tax

Bill Gates gesturing the huge discrepancy between the fundamental character, integrity, credibility, qualifications of the highest order required as president of the United States and that of the current White House occupant.

1 posted on 02/29/2012 8:37:42 PM PST by lbryce
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To: lbryce

Bill Gates - another really smart (and rich) guy who absolutely is certain how the world should be run, and what’s best for the stupid, little people.


2 posted on 02/29/2012 8:40:30 PM PST by PGR88
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To: lbryce

No, we need a 2% stupidity tax on washed-up, pwned software gurus.


3 posted on 02/29/2012 8:41:03 PM PST by crusty old prospector
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To: lbryce

I loathe Marxist billionaires who insist that I am not paying enough in taxes and who lobbied Congress to import low cost Indian engineer labor so he could pocket the difference.

Screw him and his wrong headed policies. He got rich by driving down the salaries of computer professionals. He should have paid labor their fair share instead of outsourcing work abroad and importing millions of dollars of software through the internet without paying import duty.


4 posted on 02/29/2012 8:44:46 PM PST by a fool in paradise (If Obama brings troops home from Japan and Germany he can claim he won WWII finally as well as Iraq.)
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To: lbryce

Here’s an idea: How about we just confiscate Gates wealth and property and give it to the poor?


5 posted on 02/29/2012 8:45:03 PM PST by Dogbert41 ("...or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the Great King. " -Jesus)
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To: PGR88

FUBO - Rot in Kenya and he’ll after that you communist ghetto parasite!


6 posted on 02/29/2012 8:45:39 PM PST by GlockThe Vote (The Obama Adminstration: 2nd wave of attacks on America after 9/11)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach; Rurudyne; steelyourfaith; Tolerance Sucks Rocks; xcamel; AdmSmith; ...

Thanks lbryce.
"We certainly need a price on carbon," Gates said at the Energy Innovation Summit in Washington on Tuesday... "What's key is the carbon tax in the 20-to-50 year period, and can politicians do something today that would make it crystal clear to a risk-taker that there's going to be a substantial carbon tax during the relevant time period," Gates said.
As Gary Trudeau said in Doonesbury during the Perot insurgency, "I'm a software salesman, I'm here to fix the government."
7 posted on 02/29/2012 8:47:19 PM PST by SunkenCiv (FReep this FReepathon!)
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To: lbryce; PGR88

Yea let’s tax the most plentiful organic element on earth, when you release it. Let’s give credits when you sequester it, or allow you to buy credits if you fear you release more than you bind.

What kind of hogwash is this? Idiots on parade, I say.

Wealth does not wisdom make. God is no respecter of persons.


8 posted on 02/29/2012 8:50:37 PM PST by One Name (Go to the enemy's home court and smoke his ass.)
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To: lbryce

Obama just wants to make his buddies at Shorebank rich.


9 posted on 02/29/2012 8:50:52 PM PST by struggle (http://killthegovernment.wordpress.com/)
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To: lbryce

I’m not a leftist or an Apple nazi, but....hearing this from Bill Gates makes even ME hate him, a little.

Or a lot.


10 posted on 02/29/2012 8:56:47 PM PST by gaijin
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To: PGR88

Between Bill Gates and Warren Buffett all the problems of the world can be solved by just taxing the snot out of energy usage. Who knew it was so simple? They will not be satisfied until we are all huddled in front of a solar heat lamp and a candle.


11 posted on 02/29/2012 9:01:41 PM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: PGR88; All

In the State where I live, I pay 20 cents a gallon for Gasoline to Bolshevik Dictator Obama.

The Federally-caused “PAIN AT THE PUMP” should be eliminated for one year on Gasoline and Diesel.

A one year Federal Tax on Fuel Holiday would be a wonderful election year gift to “working families” even more so than the Holiday we now enjoy from paying higher Payroll Taxes.

Every tax cut puts more money into the pockets of the consumer, stimulates the economy, and creats jobs, jobs, jobs!

The Government won’t stop spending,
So we should just stop sending!

BTW, don’t worry about the impact on the “Highway Trust Fund” as all “trust funds” do not exist, except as journal entries by government accountants. The reason is simple, the Federal Government goes broke every year.


12 posted on 02/29/2012 9:02:47 PM PST by Graewoulf (( obama"care" violates the 1890 Sherman Anti-Trust Law, AND is illegal by the U.S. Constitution.))
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To: Dogbert41

Dibs on his compound:)


13 posted on 02/29/2012 9:03:27 PM PST by funfan (and his crew)
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To: lbryce

And Gates bought this bull squirt?..
Gates is not very smart.. proven by what Windows could be but isn’t... and never was..


14 posted on 02/29/2012 9:03:49 PM PST by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole...)
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To: lbryce

We need a billionaire tax so high it puts Bill Gates in a shed rental. The money has pickled his brain and heart.


15 posted on 02/29/2012 9:09:28 PM PST by SaraJohnson
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To: lbryce

““What we said is that, by putting a two percent tax on energy consumption, you could fund this additional scientific investment, and it would have a very good payback,” Gates said.”
The problem with his suggestion is that certain income levels will be exempt and people in the middle will have to pay for the others energy tax. On my electric bill I already pay a sur tax for public service programs or some bull crap program and this is to help some individuals pay thier bills.


16 posted on 02/29/2012 9:09:34 PM PST by funfan (and his crew)
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To: lbryce

"Hey can I get a towel over here, I wet myself remembering how much fun I had / tax breaks I was promised for licking Øbama's rear end!"

17 posted on 02/29/2012 10:22:37 PM PST by Yehuda
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To: funfan

What “scientific investment”? Solyndra and Light Squared?


18 posted on 02/29/2012 10:24:19 PM PST by anoldafvet
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To: PGR88

More has been lost to Bill’s BSOD than AGW.


19 posted on 02/29/2012 10:27:13 PM PST by Gene Eric (Newt/Sarah 2012)
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To: hosepipe

“Gates is not very smart...”

Hard to say that with a straight face about someone who made a perfect score on his SAT’s and was a billionaire software engineer before his 32nd birthday. Let’s just say we disagree about some issues...


20 posted on 02/29/2012 10:42:09 PM PST by juno67 (ui)
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To: lbryce

Why even bother collecting taxes anymore ! , just tell it like it is and reduce every citizens allowance


21 posted on 02/29/2012 11:07:59 PM PST by KTM rider
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To: juno67

[ Hard to say that with a straight face about someone who made a perfect score on his SAT’s and was a billionaire software engineer ]

You’ve evidently never been to college..
I’ve met some very dumb professors..
And democrats are not very smart or they wouldn’t be democrats..

And most journalists are democrats...
NO Marxist is smart.. and all socialists are stupid to some degree.. or they would be capitalists..
George Soros is not very smart.. he just connives a lot..


22 posted on 02/29/2012 11:11:47 PM PST by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole...)
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To: lbryce

oh, yes, let’s get the carbon-credit trading scam going again - that’s the ticket


23 posted on 02/29/2012 11:17:55 PM PST by blueplum
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To: lbryce
Just another commie rich dude. What follows is an old list of links posted to FR in the past. Some of the pages have probably been deleted or moved.

"Microsoft offers source code to China"
http://itmatters.com.ph/news/news_03032003a.html
(removed from major news sites)

"State-owned Software Firm Ties up with Microsoft China"
http://fpeng.peopledaily.com.cn/200107/07/eng20010707_74398.html

Gates: Buy stamps to send e-mail
http://www.cnn.com/2004/TECH/internet/03/05/spam.charge.ap/

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation gave $8.8 million to the Planned Parenthood Federation.
http://www.cnn.com/2000/HEALTH/women/12/11/health.women.gates.reut/

Bill Gates against repealing the inheritance tax
http://www.pbs.org/now/transcript/transcript_inheritance.html

"Is Bill Gates a closet liberal?"
http://archive.salon.com/21st/feature/1998/01/cov_29feature.html
(Bill Gates for gun control, pro-abortion, etc.)

http://vikingphoenix.com/news/madminute/1997/mm970040.htm
(Gates on gun control)

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/law/july-dec97/guns_11-4.html
(more money for gun control from Gates and his father)

"Bill Gates Is No Free Market Hero"
http://brian.carnell.com/articles/2000/12/000046.html

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/tribune-review/opinion/datelinedc/s_176864.html

Client testimonials, Bill Gates in China, Bill Clinton in China http://www.beijinghighlights.com/testimonials/testimonials.htm

24 posted on 03/01/2012 1:11:00 AM PST by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of rotten politics smelled around the planet.)
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To: hosepipe
"...what Windows could be but isn’t... and never was.."

Windows always was nothing but a shell over DOS.

OS/2 was a real Operating System, designed and built O-O from its foundation.

But as in politics, the media sided with Gates over IBM. They believed Gates was for the little guy and IBM was for the big guy.

The media covered over Windows flaws and they distorted and emphasized OS/2's drawbacks.

They were dead wrong. I know. I was there. And we still pay the price today with bloated, garbage software based on Windows (DOS).

25 posted on 03/01/2012 2:03:06 AM PST by eCSMaster (Conservative patriots, Rise up!)
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To: eCSMaster

[ They were dead wrong. I know. I was there. ]

me too....


26 posted on 03/01/2012 2:25:19 AM PST by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole...)
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To: SunkenCiv; carolinablonde; marvlus; ApplegateRanch; Berlin_Freeper; Genesis defender; golux; ...
Thanx for the ping SunkenCiv !

 


Beam me to Planet Gore !

27 posted on 03/01/2012 2:43:37 AM PST by steelyourfaith (Expel the Occupy White House squatters !!!)
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To: a fool in paradise

Gates became wealthy by creating a monopoly. A little value creation coupled with government assisted value capture. What could go wrong?


28 posted on 03/01/2012 6:52:56 AM PST by griswold3 (Big Government does not tolerate rivals.)
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To: hosepipe

‘Smart’ is a subjective term...
I say Gates is not very wise...intelligence has little to do with wisdom and common sense. Gates is mostly familiar with having his demands met willingly. He is a notorious bully.


29 posted on 03/01/2012 7:00:36 AM PST by griswold3 (Big Government does not tolerate rivals.)
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To: lbryce

Making energy more expensive is certainly at the top of America’s wish list at the moment..... NOT


30 posted on 03/01/2012 7:14:35 AM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: familyop

Gates is a leftist.

We already know that I think.


31 posted on 03/01/2012 7:15:59 AM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: hosepipe; juno67

Maybe he is a software Savant or something. lol.

Google is now to be called siftware BTW.


32 posted on 03/01/2012 7:26:13 AM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: hosepipe; juno67

Maybe he is a software Savant or something. lol.

Google is now to be called siftware BTW.


33 posted on 03/01/2012 7:36:34 AM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: GeronL

I agree. He and his old man have been trying for years to get a state income tax passed in WA, which currently does not have one.

Gates might be smart, but there are alot of smart people in the world.

Besides, how smart can he be if believes in AGW?

I would put him in the category of good businessman, NOT a technological visionary.


34 posted on 03/01/2012 10:42:13 AM PST by bkopto (Obama is merely a symptom of a more profound, systemic disease in American body politic.)
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