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Bill Gates' Energy Interview

August 25, 2010, 7:15 AM
Bill Gates says the government should do more R&D in the energy sector, that a Manhattan Project for sustainable energy won't work and that a carbon tax is necessary. MIT's Technology Review sits down with the co-founder of Microsoft to discuss his participation in the American Energy Innovation Council and what his charity is doing to develop new energy resources. Gates says: "I guess in a vague sense we can say that we want energy that costs, say, a quarter of what coal electricity does and emits zero CO2. We can write that down. But there are many paths to get there, each of which a realist would look at and say, 'Wow, there's a lot of difficult things along that path.' So I think it's very important, both to give poor people cheap energy and to avoid hugely negative climate change, that the U.S. and other governments fund basic research."
 

Bill Gates' Energy Interview

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