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Gates to invest $2bn in breakthrough renewable energy projects

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Posted in Science on 30th Jun, 2015 01:29 AM by AlexMuller
Bill Gates has announced he will invest $2bn in renewables, but rejected calls to divest from fossil fuel companies. Gates said that he would double his current investments in renewables over the next five years in a bid to “bend the curve” on tackling climate change.
 
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, lead by Gates and his wife, is the world’s largest charitable foundation. According to the charity’s most recent tax filings in 2013, it currently has $1.4bn invested in fossil fuel companies, including BP, responsible for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
 
In March, the Guardian launched a campaign calling on the Gates’ Foundation and the Wellcome Trust to divest from coal, oil and gas companies. More than 223,000 people have since signed up to the campaign.
 
Gates dismissed the calls of the fossil fuel divestment movement, which has already persuaded more than 220 institutions worldwide to divest, on the basis that it would have little impact.
 
Instead he said there was an urgent need for “high risk” investments in breakthrough technologies. He said that a “miracle” on the level of the invention of the automobile was necessary to avoid a climate catastrophe and that current renewables are not yet close to being able to meet projected energy needs by 2030.
 
Gates told the Financial Times that the only way current technology could reduce global emissions is at “a beyond astronomical cost” and that innovation is the only way to reach a positive scenario.

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Author: Guest
Posted: 2015-06-30
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Strategy to develop new renewable energy sources first and then scale down use of fossil fuels looks sensible as this would be archived through competition in a way naturally rather then imposed - we have to see
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2015-06-30
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Perhaps we also need regulations to limit and phase out fossil fuels without waiting for solar power alternative - there are other options Reply
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