"Anyone who says telling people to stop eating meat or wanting to have a nice house will basically change human desires, I think, that is too difficult," Gates told Bloomberg Green reporter Akshat Rathi in an episode of "Zero" podcast. "You can make a case for it, but I don't think it's realistic for that to play a central role."
Observers are wondering if the Microsoft founder is getting disoriented as he previously advised America and other rich nations to move to "100 percent synthetic beef."
"You can get used to the taste difference and the claim is they're going to make it taste even better over time," he told MIT Technology Review in February last year. He was referring to plant-based meat. "Eventually, that green premium is modest enough that you can sort of change the people or use regulation to totally shift the demand." (Related: Video shows Bill Gates admitting “clean energy” solving climate change is a SCAM.)
Gates has been urging the public to move toward more plant-based eating for years now. He said doing so would reduce, if not eliminate, the climate crisis.
But a 2017 analysis of the Global Food Justice Alliance (GFJA) showed that taking out all livestock from the U.S. would only tone down greenhouse gas emissions by 2.6 percent. Also, another examination of studies found that meat substitutes have higher carbon footprints than beef from cattle.
It is also surprising for Gates to make his recent declaration as he has invested in companies that manufacture real food substitutes such as Beyond Meat, Hampton Creek Foods and Nature's Fynd. He also funded a start-up called Turntide, which builds energy-efficient electric motors, as well as the lithium start-up Mangrove Lithium.
He is also the largest private owner of farmlands in America, after having quietly purchased about 270,000 acres of farmland in the past 10 years in 18 states, including thousands of acres in Nebraska, Arizona, Arkansas and Louisiana. Critics have been wondering what he has been doing with this vast land area.
In the same podcast episode, Gates mentioned his involvement in pushing for the Inflation Reduction Act, which allocated almost $370 billion to cut carbon emissions. "I am getting governments involved and this latest bill I was personally involved in a lot of what got written into it and working with key senators in the last month to get it passed," he stated.
Gates, the fifth-richest person with an estimated net worth of $104.6 billion, said America is not innovating enough to curb climate change. He stressed that "without innovation, you will never solve climate change."
The Microsoft co-founder also noted that even if the world's richest people were told to live a more sustainable lifestyle, it would do little as the world's richest countries only account for one-third of worldwide emissions.
Elon Musk, the world's richest man with a net worth of $232 billion, recently feuded with Gates over funding for climate change technologies. In a leaked text message exchange between them, which Musk said is legitimate, Gates seems to confirm that he's betting against Tesla.
"Sorry, but I cannot take your philanthropy on climate change seriously when you have a massive short position against Tesla, the company doing the most to solve climate change," the Tesla CEO posted on Twitter.
Gates hit back at Musk saying that he gives "a lot more money to climate change than Elon Musk or anyone else" and that shorting Tesla stock doesn't hinder Musk's capabilities in any way.
Things first became tense between Gates and Musk in 2020 when they were both involved in fighting the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19). Musk strongly criticized stay-at-home orders, promoted the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine as a treatment, said that children are immune to the virus and questioned COVID-19 deaths data.
These elicited a negative reaction from Gates. "Elon's positioning is to maintain a high level of outrageous comments. I hope that he doesn't confuse areas he's not involved in too much," he said on CNBC's "Squawk Box."
Musk jokingly posted tweets saying "Billy G is not my lover" and "The rumor that Bill Gates & I are lovers is completely untrue." Moreover, in a New York Times interview in 2020, Musk defended his role in coronavirus relief efforts. "Gates said something about me not knowing what I was doing," he said. "It's like, 'Hey, knucklehead, we actually make the vaccine machines for CureVac, that company you're invested in.'"
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