Published on April 18th, 2012 | by Zachary Shahan10
Bill Gates Never Ran an Energy Company
Bill Gates is hit or miss when it comes to his comments on cleantech and climate change, in my opinion. He’s fully behind the scientific consensus on climate change (that it’s a huge threat and caused by humans), and he’s behind deployment of clean energy solutions. However, he’s largely investing in nuclear and cleantech companies looking for a breakthrough, as well as geoengineering, so he seems to have a habit of belittling market-ready and extremely fast-growing cleantech options such as solar energy, wind energy, and LEDs.
Of course, these days, Gates isn’t the only one — there’s a lot of misunderstanding about the state of solar energy (and clean energy, in general) after the conservative media and political frenzy last year when one solar company (out of thousands) went bankrupt… in the midst of some staggering price drops of solar technologies from competing companies. I feel like I’m correcting clean energy myths half the time here on CleanTechnica.
But misguided comments from Gates or others with a lot of influence are something to be concerned about, because they influence public opinion, which can influence policy. So, I’m very happened that the informed, intelligent Jigar Shah has taken time out to respond to Gates and others, and I’m happy I can easily share that response with you all via this Ecopreneurist repost below. Enjoy and share this with others:
Bill Gates Never Ran an Energy Company (via Ecopreneurist)
Last year, Bill Gates noted in an interview with Alan Murray of the Wall Street Journal that technologies like solar photovoltaics and LED lights were “cute” but could never deal with the bigger issue of climate change and powering the developing world. And, this week, writer Marc Gunther wrote…