Reducing greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2050 will be “the hardest thing humanity has ever done. This can be achieved using nuclear energy, so believe billionaire and eco-activist Bill Gates.
Bill Gates opened our eyes. Humanity’s toughest challenge is achieving climate neutrality by 2050, said Microsoft founder, philanthropist, and businessman Gates. He links this to the fact that key sectors of the world economy will have to change. The multibillionaire explained that only by applying innovation, scaling it up, and pursuing a climate-neutral policy will the problem be solved by 2050. He said this in an interview with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
Gates specified that only the application and scaling of innovations will solve the problem of greenhouse gas emissions by the middle of the century. He added that more than five trillion dollars will have to be spent to solve this problem unless new technologies emerge that can help.
All of this, of course, is ambition and genuinely well-intentioned ambition for a carbon-free tomorrow. Humanism worthy of a Nobel Prize, at the very least. This is all being promoted by a man representing a country that is still undecided about the Paris climate agreement. In other words, let’s all work on climate neutrality, spend enormous amounts of money, while the U.S. “watch” it all from the sidelines. I’ll give you a million or two, Gates says. Although all this is a project of colossal scale. In fact, a technological revolution of unprecedented proportions, of which neither Marx, nor Engels, nor the Utopian scientists wrote.
As you know, the hasty European Union has already introduced the concept of climate neutrality. Brussels intends to raise more than 1 trillion euros to turn Europe into the first green continent. The money for the initiative, called the Green Deal, will be allocated by the European Union itself, as well as its member states and private enterprises. This was announced in early 2020. Now, plans are likely to be adjusted because of the pandemic and the costs associated with it.
Environmental activists did not like this “green” concept. “We don’t need goals for 2030 and 2050, we need goals for every month and year thereafter,” climate advocates stressed a year ago. All in all, the collective Greta Tunberg disapproves.
Meanwhile, we are increasingly being urged to consume consciously. Here, for example, the Global Footprint Network compares the consumption of resources by people, nations and their economies with what the Earth can reproduce. If all earthlings consumed as many resources as the average German, humanity would need almost three planets. And with the American way of life, all five. What, by the way, would Bill Gates say about this?
By the way, the billionaire’s words about climate neutrality being the most difficult by 2050 can probably be taken to mean that poverty and hunger in some regions of the planet will obviously be easier to overcome. Hundreds of millions of people will have the means to feed themselves, and the poorest in some countries will disappear, becoming more affluent. Thanks to Gates. Comforting.