05 May '11, 4pm

Bill Gates fails to understand efficiency: Unfortunate, yet typical of an older businessperson coming late to climate.

I am extremely rarely accused of being Pollyannaish, but having worked in and followed the computer industry as an analyst for 35-odd years, I do think there’s an alternate and more hopeful way to interpret Bill’s remarks. Strictly speaking, Bill does not disagree that efficiency helps, and that solar helps, and he doesn’t (apparently) say that nuclear is the main answer, nor geo-engineering. To understand the context, you have to refer to his new approach to “philanthropy”, which I believe is at least an advance over the old style. According to articles in Business Week and the like, he views his billions as insufficient to make a true impact in any one large area, much less a wide array of issues. Therefore, he tries to identify areas where a concentrated approach can supplement government and UN efforts. Thus, his focus on ending particular diseases in medicine, and in ...

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