We are meeting to discuss his new book on climate change, a subject he came to when it became clear to him that lifting the poorest parts of the world out of poverty would depend on providing more cheap energy without increasing emissions — and equally clear that this could not be done by relying on existing sources of sustainable energy, chiefly solar and wind. Alone, these are simply not up to the job, principally because we need energy 24/7, which the sun and the wind can’t reliably provide. Likewise, merely aiming to reduce our greenhouse emissions by 2030 is not just an inadequate target, but potentially counter-productive to the more important target of eradicating them altogether by 2050. Gates’s faith in technological innovation makes his book’s message much less frightening than more alarmist books on climate change, such as, say, Naomi Klein’s latest.
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