Bill Gates: Failure to achieve net zero emissions by 2050 will lead to migration worse than Syrian crisis
Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Bill Gates warned that there would be dire consequences if the world does not reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050.
In his new book, “How to Avoid a Climate Catastrophe,” Gates says it’s imperative that the world go from the current 51 billion tonnes of emissions to zero in the next 30 years to avert a catastrophe.
“The migration that we saw out of Syria for their civil war, which was somewhat dependent on weather conditions, we are going to have 10 times more migration because the equatorial areas will become unlivable,” Gates said.Fox News SundayHost Chris Wallace, warning of what will happen if the goal is not met. “We won’t be able to farm or go out during the summer. Wildfires, even agricultural productivity in the southern United States – droughts – will drastically reduce productivity in the region.”
Gates went on to say the loss of life would be greater than even the worst part of the coronavirus pandemic.
“Global instability will be five times the number of deaths at the height of the pandemic and will increase every year,” he said.
With 2050 being Gates’ deadline, he said it was really just a matter of “degree.”
“If we wait 10 more years, it’s not as bad as if we waited 20 or 30 years, because the temperature keeps rising,” he said. Gates said he was looking at 2050 because that “just happens to be the closest realistic date for the world to change all these kinds of shows.”
Gates defended himself against criticism from left and right. Those on the left say it doesn’t go far enough and must support the Green New Deal, with efforts to reduce net emissions to zero by 2030.
“It’s completely unrealistic,” Gates said of the 2030 target, saying it would take at least 30 years to get there.
Gates has also been criticized for speaking out about the need to cut emissions when he himself has a huge carbon footprint by living in a large house and flying on a private jet. He said his other actions make up for that.
“I offset my carbon emissions by buying clean aviation fuel, funding carbon capture and funding low cost housing projects to use electricity instead of natural gas,” Gates said. He noted how costly these efforts have been and said these costs need to be reduced.
Gates, an accomplished entrepreneur who has created tens of thousands of jobs and made the United States a technology leader in the world, said that while a transition to green energy will be necessary, it will lead to significant growth. employment for engineers.
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“The engineering skills, the things that these workers do will be important. In fact, we’re going to have to almost triple the size of the power grid and build all of this transmission,” Gates said. “And so it’s not like there’s going to be a shortage of jobs overall, it’s just about balancing to make sure every community fits into the plan.”
Gates also rebuffed a claim from Texas Governor Greg Abbott who said the woes facing the state’s power grid during their winter storm were the result of green power failures, especially wind.
“This is not at all true,” Gates said, saying the power shortage was the result of failed electrical systems to bloat. He said that while wind turbines are one of them, it is possible to tamper with them, as evidenced by their use in North Dakota and Alaska.