Bill Gates on the Texas Grid Crash

February 21, 2021

3 Responses to “Bill Gates on the Texas Grid Crash”

  1. J4Zonian Says:

    Bill Gates has taken to ridiculing the idea of decarbonizing by 2030, which is necessary to avoid catastrophic warming. Because he’s not willing to even consider changing the system that has made him one of the richest people in the world, he’s willing to vastly increase the likelihood of the end of civilization. Why do we valorize psychopaths who know little more than to accumulate money?

    • John Oneill Says:

      Decarbonising by 2020 was probably essential to avoid catastrophic warming, but it didn’t happen. So saying it’s unlikely to be done by 2030 either qualifies as psychopathy ? Guess you can call me a Thought Criminal too, then. How about ‘starting decarbonising’ and ‘less catastrophic’ ?

    • rhymeswithgoalie Says:

      Bill Gates is not an idiot.

      The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s work on global health and global development has gotten him involved in some of the hairiest sociopolitical logistics out there. At the other extreme, he’s familiar with the mindset of a lot of corporate officers. Between the harsh reality on the ground and the investor-obsessed decision-making in the C-suites, he’s probably very aware of the inertia in the system.

      Besides, he shares my own cynicism. :-/

      More Americans voted for Donald Trump in 2020 than voted for him in 2016. Right now legislatures in most red states are introducing legislation to make it harder for working-class people to vote. Local governments are hurting for pandemic-related loss of tax revenue, and won’t have the resources to make the necessary infrastructure changes that decarbonization requires.

      It will take thousands of dollars for me to convert my heating, hot water and stove-top from gas to electric, and I’m well off. Meanwhile, more and more people are slipping into or nearer poverty that makes such decisions a ridiculous luxury. The idea that the US will decarbonize in nine years is a fantasy.


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