Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Warming Wednesdays: Bill Gates knows what matters

If the Microsoft billionaire can keep his eyes on the main point, do you think the rest of us can learn to?

Energy innovation is not a nationalistic game. If tomorrow some other country invented cheap energy with no CO2 output, would that be a bad day or a good day? For anybody who's reasonable, that would be, like, the best day ever.

If all you care about is America's relative position, every day since the end of World War II has really been bad for you. So when somebody says to me, "Oh, the Chinese are helping to lower the cost of it, or creating something that emits less CO2," I say, "Great."

Gates interviewed by Ezra Klein

Averting as much abrupt climate change as possible is about life and death for all of humanity (and many of the earth's other species.) Can we put aside the delusions of empire to get there?

Despite every other legitimate concern, we cannot ignore that our economic and social system is rapidly making the planet less habitable. So I will be posting "Warming Wednesdays" -- reminders of an inconvenient truth.

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