Unlike outgoing Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and Tesla CEO Elon Musk, Bill Gates isn’t that keen on getting people into space.
“Well, it’s important to say that what Elon did to Tesla is one of the greatest contributions to climate change anyone has ever made. And you know, underestimating Elon is not a good idea,” said Gates Kara Swisher in their “Sway” podcast. But he added that he was “not a Martian” and did not “think missiles are the solution”.
The Microsoft co-founder, which according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index is currently valued at more than 130 billion US dollars, has published a new book: “How to Avoid a Climate Catastrophe”. In the interview, he said we need to focus on some of the bigger problems of climate change here on earth.
He said companies like Tesla are doing a great job on “the simple things like automobiles” but that we need to address other industries to make a bigger difference in climate change.
“We basically don’t do enough with the hard things: steel, cement, meat,” he said. “And unfortunately, the things people think about – electricity, cars – are a third of the problem. So we have to work on the two-thirds. And if you’re just looking at those short-term metrics, not the green bonuses across the board, then you’re missing out on the longest lead time, which is the hard stuff. “
Gates said he’d rather spend money on measles vaccines than go into space on a rocket. “I’m not going to pay a lot of money because my foundation can buy measles vaccines and save a life for $ 1,000. Everything I do, I always think, OK, I could spend that $ 1,000 on measles vaccine.”