Bill Gates: Millions of American Workers 'May' Be Affected by Climate Change Policies
There 'may be some places where there’s dislocation'
Microsoft founder Bill Gates admitted that 2.8 million Americans working in the oil and gas industry would be negatively affected due to Climate Change policies.
Gates described the changes as part of a “thirty-year transition" while discussing his “zero-emission” policy suggestions.
Although Gates said “lots of clean jobs that can be created,” he late admitted that there “maybe some places there’s dislocation.”
During an interview with CBS “Evening News” with anchor Norah O’Donnell, Gates discussed the role beef plays in the fight against climate change.
“A lot of Americans will be eating burgers forever.
"So we need a way of making that’s not a lot more expensive and not inferior."
“So it’s very similar to the electric car learning curve that a little bit of subsidy, a little bit of consumers driving up the volume because they care about climate, will get us to the point where I believe that green premium will also be zero, that you just won’t be able to tell the difference,” said Gates.
CBS's Norah O'Donnell asks Bill Gates about what's going to happen to the 2.8 million Americans with fossil fuel jobs, assuming we permanently shift to only renewables.— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) February 16, 2021
Gates's response? They'll get over it and accept shifts to renewable energy, even if they have to move away. pic.twitter.com/LtstfmgsmD
As Neon Nettle reported, Gates also called on the developed world to ban eating meat and instead switch to 100% synthetic man-made beef.
Gates argued that cows are notoriously viewed as damaging to the environment due to emissions from their flatulence.
The billionaire “has invested in plant-based Impossible Foods and Beyond Meat.”
CBS News reported:
“The effort Gates called ‘bigger than anything humanity has done to date.'
"It involves reducing the 51 billion tons of greenhouse gases produced each year — from producing things such as cement, steel, and plastic, making electricity, farming and agriculture, transportation and keeping warm — to zero.”
Gates then discussed how climate change is impacted by the car industry.
“The global car industry is now saying that the gasoline engine’s days are numbered,” the Microsoft founder said.
“The most important thing is your political voice — convincing people of both parties, figuring out who they might trust to listen on this topic, that’s your biggest role is to get this consensus about the goal and then we can debate the tactics to achieve the goal.”
Despite Texas being hit with unprecedented power outages due to a winter storm that impacted wind turbines' efficacy, Gates still argued for such energy production.
“We need more sources like offshore wind, which would not shut down at the same time because it’s very far away,” he said.
Gates then argued for a more a wider infrastructure power network, which would “connect Texas and the rest of the country together with a lot more capacity so that you use that diversity of sources as one of the ways you deal with reliability."
"For the remainder, you’re either storing it, which isn’t easy, or the nuclear reactors are running 24 hours a day.”