04 May '11, 9pm

Solar & Energy Efficiency are "Cute" But Not the Answer, Bill Gates Says

Solar & Energy Efficiency are "Cute" But Not the Answer, Bill Gates Says

Bill Gates is keen on the notion that we can invent our way out of climate change . This isn't such a terrible thing, and there are many others who more or less push for this approach -- that is, focusing on dumping huge sums of cash into research and development in hopes of striking it gold on a viable clean energy solution that could displace coal, gas and oil. But when these folks start making light of the other crucial elements necessary to addressing climate -- reducing carbon emissions, improving energy efficiency, etc -- that's when the knives come out. Gates was addressing a packed room at a high-profile WIRED conference when he called measures like solar power and energy efficiency 'cute', but ineffective, and suggested that resources would be better spent on funding nuclear power.

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