28 Feb '12, 7pm

Inventing the Energy Future: Bill Gates and Steven Chu Have a Plan

Inventing the Energy Future: Bill Gates and Steven Chu Have a Plan

It was a fair question for the moderator to ask Bill Gates what he was doing on stage at the third annual Energy Innovation Summit hosted by the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Project Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). “If you look at the improvement of the human condition, it’s related to intensity of energy use,” Gates answered. To help raise the standard of living for the world’s poorest billion people, he argued that we need to find a way to use energy in a way that’s smarter, cleaner and more efficient. And so began a chat between Bill Gates and U.S. Department of Energy secretary Steven Chu on how to do that. They agreed on many things, including the need for a forward-looking carbon tax decades from now (although Chu noted he doesn’t like to use the “T-word”). The gentlemen disagreed, too, on how to secure a future when the regulatory industry that oversees the power...

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