Bill Gates at TED: We Need an Energy Miracle [VIDEO]

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Avid followers of the TED Conference have almost certainly heard rumblings about Bill Gates' speech on why we need energy miracles to solve the climate crisis. And the blogosphere has already reacted both positively and negatively to Gates's theory that we can only reach zero emissions by reducing either our population, services, energy, or carbon output to zero. I decided to wait on passing judgment until the video of Gates's speech was released, and now that it has been, I can say that I agree with his assessment that we need to get to net zero CO2, and fast—though we should make sure not to ignore other environmental concerns in the process.

In his speech, Bill Gates touts TerraPower reactors that can be fueled by nuclear waste as one possible solution. Is nuclear power the answer? I don't know, but at the very least Gates should be applauded for highlighting the need for immediate innovation in the energy sector. The value of having someone of Gates's stature talk about getting to net zero CO2 can't be overstated. What do you think?

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  • Douglas Wolf

    Gates also thought that when MS got sued for anti-trust (of which they were guilty) that being a liberal Democrat the government had made a "mistake" in MS case. What a political naif. As soon as MS started paying big lobbying fess and political donations (extortion) the case was dropped

  • Jon Kirkpatrick

    ROFL. Bill Gates sucks at math.

    C02 = P*S*E*C

    I think he forgot about trees. What a moron.

  • Jon Kirkpatrick

    ROFL. Bill Gates sucks at math.

    C02 = P*S*E*C

    I think he forgot about trees. What a moron.

  • Jon Kirkpatrick

    ROFL. Bill Gates sucks at math.

    C02 = P*S*E*C

    I think he forgot about trees. What a moron.

  • Jon Kirkpatrick

    ROFL. Bill Gates sucks at math.

    C02 = P*S*E*C

    I think he forgot about trees. What a moron.

  • Jon Kirkpatrick

    ROFL. Bill Gates sucks at math.

    C02 = P*S*E*C

    I think he forgot about trees. What a moron.

  • Jon Kirkpatrick

    ROFL. Bill Gates sucks at math.

    C02 = P*S*E*C

    I think he forgot about trees. What a moron.

  • Jon Kirkpatrick

    ROFL. Bill Gates sucks at math.

    C02 = P*S*E*C

    I think he forgot about trees. What a moron.

  • Jon Kirkpatrick

    ROFL. Bill Gates sucks at math.

    C02 = P*S*E*C

    I think he forgot about trees. What a moron.

  • Jon Kirkpatrick

    ROFL. Bill Gates sucks at math.

    C02 = P*S*E*C

    I think he forgot about trees. What a moron.

  • Jon Kirkpatrick

    ROFL. Bill Gates sucks at math.

    C02 = P*S*E*C

    I think he forgot about trees. What a moron.

  • Jon Kirkpatrick

    ROFL. Bill Gates sucks at math.

    C02 = P*S*E*C

    I think he forgot about trees. What a moron.

  • Dave Doss

    Bill Gates needs to unscrew Microsoft before he starts screwing up other things.