Gates Touts Electric Cars, Synthetic Meat and Less Air Travel During Reddit Chat on Climate Change

Mandatory Credit: Photo by David Niviere/Sipa/Shutterstock (9634268b)Bill GatesBill Gates and Melinda Gates at the Elysee Palace, Paris, France - 16 Apr 2018.
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When you’re one of the richest people in the world — worth an estimated $126 billion, according to the latest Forbes count — people tend to pay attention to what you say, no matter the subject. For Bill Gates, the subject late last week was how people can lower their carbon footprints to combat climate change.

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Gates’ answer: Fly less, eat more synthetic meat and drive electric cars.

Those are three ways he personally intends to cut back on carbon emissions, Gates said during a Friday Ask Me Anything session on Reddit.

Gates said during the session that people should consume less to improve the environment, CNBC reported. When asked what he is doing to consume less, Gates replied: “I am driving electric cars. I have solar panels at my house. I eat synthetic meat (some of the time!). I buy green aviation fuel. I pay for direct air capture by Climeworks. I help finance electric heat pumps in low cost housing to replace natural gas.”

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And, he added, “I plan to fly a lot less now that the pandemic has shown we can get by with less trips.”

Climate change is a frequent topic of conversation for Gates these days. In his new book, “How To Avoid A Climate Disaster: The Solutions We Have And The Breakthroughs We Need,” he outlines a plan to engage everyone in the global effort to reverse climate change.

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A good first step is to educate people on the issue, Gates said during a chat with NPR last week. “I don’t think the understanding of climate change is nearly as deep as it needs to be,” Gates said. He warned that a lack of preparedness can result in the kind of global calamity that occurred during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The pandemic shows that you can’t wait until the disaster hits to be ready,” he said.

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About the Author

Vance Cariaga is a London-based writer, editor and journalist who previously held staff positions at Investor’s Business Daily, The Charlotte Business Journal and The Charlotte Observer. His work also appeared in Charlotte MagazineStreet & Smith’s Sports Business Journal and Business North Carolina magazine. He holds a B.A. in English from Appalachian State University and studied journalism at the University of South Carolina. His reporting earned awards from the North Carolina Press Association, the Green Eyeshade Awards and AlterNet. A native of North Carolina who also writes fiction, Vance’s short story, “Saint Christopher,” placed second in the 2019 Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition. Two of his short stories appear in With One Eye on the Cows, an anthology published by Ad Hoc Fiction in 2019. His debut novel, Voodoo Hideaway, will be published in 2021 by Atmosphere Press.

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