Billionaire and Microsoft founder Bill Gates have just hosted on a podcast of The New York Times, Sway. During his conversation, he talked about important works to be done here on Earth and referred to Elon Musk by saying how absurd going to Mars is.
In the ‘Sway‘ podcast, Bill Gates is being asked why the world should listen to a billionaire with a private plane when it comes to the environment. They also talk about tech regulation, vaccine timeline, and Elon Musk.
Going to Mars according to Gates
A dream goal of SpaceX CEO Elon Musk is escaping to Mars as we all know but Bill Gates doesn’t seem to agree with him. Instead, he prefers to stay on Earth than fleeing, to secure humanity’s survival from climate change. He expressed his self during his conversation in Sway that techno-utopian thoughts are not just for him, while we got still so much to do in order to save the Earth. Instead of making plans and spending time on uncertain things, Gates argues what we actually should be doing like developing and distributing vaccines or investing in decarbonizing various industries. Considering all that, Gates doesn’t find any charm in the Red Planet compared to Earth.
But on the other hand, Bill Gates also gives credit to Elon Musk for accomplishing “one of the greatest contributions to climate change anyone’s ever made” with his electric vehicle company Tesla. But still, it is an easy thing to do considering the real work it will take to clean up other industries. According to him, investing in rockets or Mars journeys is a missed opportunity while there is much more problem to focus on Earth.
Taking care of our world instead of others
“We’re basically not doing enough on the hard stuff: steel, cement, meat. And sadly, the things people think about — the electricity, passenger cars — are a third of the problem. So we have to work on the two-thirds.” Gates says referring to Elon Musk.
So Bill Gates seems more into spending his money on things like vaccines or other good and necessary measures for helping people on Earth when it comes to investing in rockets or whatsoever.
“No, I’m not a Mars person. I know a lot of Mars people. But, you know, I’m not subject to that.”
Ultimately, Bill Gates is also publishing a new book, “How to Avoid a Climate Disaster: The Solutions We Have and the Breakthroughs We Need.” The Microsoft co-founder Mr. Gates turns into a philanthropist, draws a path to a zero-emissions future in his book. And it seems neither electric cars, vegan diets and tree-hugging won’t get us there, nor the rockets will.