Climate Economics

Bill Gates is investing millions in carbon-free energy R&D

Bill Gates is a relative newcomer to the fight against global warming, but he's already shifting the debate over climate change. In recent years, America's wealthiest man has begun to tackle energy issues in a major way, investing millions in everything from high-capacity batteries to machines that can scrub carbon dioxide out of the air. "We don't really grasp the scale of the problem we're facing," says Gates."The right goal is not to cut our carbon emissions in half. The right goal is zero."

Gates supports next-generation nuclear plants, traveling-wave reactors which use waste uranium for fuel . Unlike energy-farming approaches such as wind and solar, traveling-wave reactors don't have a problem with location and storage.

"Climate change is a terrible problem, and it absolutely needs to be solved. It deserves to be a huge priority," says Gates.

The above is an excerpt from the November 11, 2010 issue of Rolling Stone. Author: Jeff Goodell



Walker, E. (2011). Bill Gates is investing millions in carbon-free energy R&D. Retrieved from


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