Skip to comments.Why We Need Innovation, Not Just Insulation [ Bill Gates ]
Posted on 11/15/2010 3:55:15 PM PST by SunkenCiv
...We also need to focus on developing innovative technologies that produce energy without generating any CO2 emissions at all.
People often present two timeframes that we should have as goals for CO2 reduction -- 30% (off of some baseline) by 2020 and 80% by 2050.
I believe the key one to achieve is 80% by 2050...
If addressing climate change only requires us to get to the 2020 goal, then efficiency would be the key thing.
...the amount of CO2 avoided by these kinds of modest reduction efforts will not be the key to what happens with climate change in the long run...
If CO2 reduction is important, we need to make it clear to people what really matters -- getting close to zero...
...Slowing the growth of CO2 ppm is of course a good thing...
We should at the least fix market barriers and dysfunctions that prevent these gains from being realized. That's just being smart.
But it's not enough to slow the growth of CO2 given the strength of demand driven by the poor who need to get access energy.
No amount of insulation will get us there; only innovating our way to what is essentially zero carbon energy technology will do it. If we focus on just efficiency to the exclusion of innovation, or imagine that we can worry about efficiency first and worry about energy innovation later, we won't get there.
The world is distracted from what counts on this issue in a big way.
(Excerpt) Read more at thegatesnotes.com ...
Gates is less intelligent than I thought. Some programming knowledge, one enormous contractual coup with IBM, and a lot of talent around him seems to sum it up...
God is real, Bill.
C02 has always naturally occurred here. What did they do about it 2,000,000,000 or so years ago when there was MORE OF IT? Imagine the massive die-offs and other problems that must have occurred when the ‘toxin’ Oxygen became more prevalent, with plant and animal species that depended on a atmosphere saturated with C02.
I know none of this matters, or is directly related to what Bill said. It’s just that our planet has changed drastically ever since it initially cooled and turned into something resembling what we know. Acting as if we can CHANGE it in some material way is just folly. What sucks is how they are willing to regulate our lives and extract wealth from us based on that foolish premise.
I’d like to find another planet to live on, or take a long vacation to while my fellow humans on Earth are so dammed stupid, they would actually buy into something like this.....
Wait a minute. Isn't Billy Gates a Malthusian who believes we need to drastically cut the population of the earth?
Taking out the plants and lowering the O2 levels would be one way to do that.
The biggest factor was he was in the right place at the right time. All the technology and innovation he bought from others.
"Bill Gates' house is a large earth-sheltered mansion in the side of a hill overlooking Lake Washington in Medina, Washington. The 66,000 sq ft (6,100 m2) house is noted for its design and the technology it incorporates. It is nicknamed Xanadu 2.0. In 2009, property taxes were reported to be US $1.063 million on a total assessed value of US$147.5 million."
What we need is insulation from liberals who want to destroy the economy (and enrich a few, selected liberals) on the basis of junk science. I say send all those who think that globull warming is caused by man to live in Antarctica and Greenland. They will become believers in God real soon and start praying for globull warming to hurry up and arrive.
“We also need to focus on developing innovative technologies”
We did, nuclear power has been around for decades. What we need to do is develop innovative ways to rid society of envirowackos.
Well, I don’t begrudge him his financial success, but he is a good example of the phenomenon that Tevya sings about in Fiddler On The Roof (If I Were a Rich Man: “When you’re rich they think you really know...”).
That Gates could write this piece in light of all we know about the global warming fraud is astonishing. Of course, he has demonstrated an inability to get beyong the bromides of his “experts” in his education philanthropy, too.
The Microsoft Motto: Adopt, Extend, Extinguish.
I used to think he was a balanced, sane person too.
Just goes to show how wrong we were.
I got mine, the little people can starve and freeze in their little huts, sincerely, Bill Gates.
But fair is fair: Gates really was a very bright guy.
He was in some ways like Steve Jobs, but without any of Jobs' vision, charisma, or ability to attract brilliant people with the sheer force of great ideas.
Gates thought he could BUY brilliant people with lots of money, and for a while he could. But brilliant people don't stay "bought" in an atmosphere run by the likes of Ballmer. Sadly, Microsoft these days is a hollow shell of what it was. I hope they survive long enough that I get to see the successor to WindowsNT.
EMBRACE, Extend, Extinguish.
"Embrace" : "to draw to oneself with crushing force". :)
I think people are noticing that too many of the advocates for using less are those with huge houses and a penchant for traveling the world by jetliner.
Gee Bill we already have the technology to produce energy without CO2 ...it’s called nuclear power.
The new Scientific [sic] American [sic] has a cover article on the need to rebuild the nation’s electrical grid, and makes a casual aside in reference to the need for nuclear power for that reason. :’)
You forgot Coerce, Coopt, Crossdevelopment agreement. ;’)
The way to do that have been around since the invention of flint weapons.
I’d settle for dropping them into a live volcano.
Stick to software, Bill. You clearly don’t know squat about Thermodynamics.
OTOH, I actually DO applaud Gates' immunization programs.
The elitist “smart people” put all their eggs in the global warming basket. They are not so smart.
If Gates has technology to replace the use of oil, lets see it. Otherwise he can sit down and shut up until he does.
“He was in some ways like Steve Jobs, but without any of Jobs’ vision, charisma, or ability to attract brilliant people with the sheer force of great ideas. “
trust me, you don’t want to know what Steve Jobs has to say about climate change.
Microsoft stock value:
November 2000 - $25.00
November 2010 - $25.00
Great job, Bill, with that innovation thing.