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Bill Gates new Climate Plan — save the world and buy your own private jet airline?

The new book coming in 4 weeks to set out his plan for reaching zero emissions.

Bill Gates, How to Avoid a Climate Disaster

Bill Gates, How to Avoid a Climate Disaster

In the meantime Bill Gates is bidding 4.3 billion dollars to buy a whole airline. Signature Aviation is a company that handles 1.6 million private jet flights a year, all of which produce about 40 times as much carbon per passenger.

Who cares about carbon then?

Private Jet, Image by AlCapone31

h/t Stephen

DailyMail UK

This isn’t the first time Gates has been slammed for his double standards around the climate change agenda.

While Gates, who has four of his own private jets, has previously claimed ‘I don’t think there is anyone doing more’ than himself on tackling climate change, he has also admitted his planes are his ‘guilty pleasures’.

A 2019 study by Lund University in Sweden found that Gates had the biggest carbon footprint of a group of 10 celebrities known to frequent private jets.

Researchers estimated that he took a whopping 59 private jet flights in 2017, travelling 343,000 km and producing a staggering 1,600 tonnes of carbon dioxide.

9.7 out of 10 based on 30 ratings

55 comments to Bill Gates new Climate Plan — save the world and buy your own private jet airline?

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    reformed warmist of logan

    Good morning Jo,
    Yet another classic example of “climate crisis hypocriticus”!
    (I wonder if there’ll be a vaccine for that in the near future?)
    The scene is set for a great Michael Mann “Planet of the Humans II” (sequel).
    With Leonardo di Caprio’s huge private yacht, Emma Thompson’s & Prince Harry’s trans-Atlantic flights to climate preaching events, and Barack Obama’s & Tim Flannery’s multi-million dollar sea level real estate purchases, modern-day celebrities have truly taken the farce of “do as I say, not as I do” to a whole new level.
    Warm regards, reformed warmist of Logan

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      RexAlan

      Bill and Melinda have also just bought a $66.85 million oceanfront home in California.

      https://www.realestate.com.au/news/bill-and-melinda-gates-buy-6685-million-oceanfront-home-in-california/

      The hypocrisy of the rich and famous man made climate warriors knows no bounds.

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        OriginalSteve

        Do as I say….not as I do…..

        Living proof clinate change is pure BS

        Like covid….

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        OriginalSteve

        There are 13 families that appear to be unofficial “royalty” of the US….Gates is one of them.

        Some people talk of cabals etc….make up your own mind…

        smoke…f…..

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      Patrick healy

      A heartfelt thanks Joeanne for your wonderful expose of the satanic disciples trying to reset the world.
      But please plusssee who ever wrote that piece about Bill Gates – what in blazes is “carbon” is it that black stuff we used to get up our chimney when I was a kid in rural Ireland sitting by the turf fire?
      Or is it that essential life giving world greening trace gas which is in short supply called Carbon Dioxide?
      We should be told.

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    Jojodogfacedboy

    The airline industry does not have a good track record now when they cheapened out on everything.
    Hope the lawsuits do him in.
    Not a nice person. Evil comes to mind.

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      Scissor

      You mean he doesn’t plan to retire these planes?

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      Hanrahan

      Another Cessna Citation has just speared into the scenery killing the two aboard.

      Business jet travel is supposed to combine the convenience of general aviation with the professionalism of commercial aviation. Sadly it seems to be falling between the two stools.

      Starting with the Day The Music Died ’til now, far too many trusting souls have been let down by unprofessional pilots.

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    dinn, rob

    1-5-21 “the top of the DOJ, they know what’s happening; there’s no question anymore. It’s been indicated to me there’s a full understanding this (election) was rigged, and it’s going to be HANDS OFF, they’re not going to get involved.” -Patrick Byrne video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kAR4p00M0Ko

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    dinn, rob

    [Sorry but totally of topic in this thread.]AD

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    BC

    I used to like Bill Gates, and Microsoft’s products. He seemed to be a down-to-earth guy who lived for his business. He was a bit geeky and had an impish sense of humor. I’ll never forget how he handled the computer crashing at the presentation at which he introduced Windows NT. He just shrugged it off, hit restart and kept talking. I wonder what’s changed. We know that anyone who is widely read on ‘climate change’ will know that AGW is a complete non-issue, at least as far as remedial action is concerned. We know that Bill is smart enough to figure this out. We know that, unlike many others, he is not doing it for money. So, what can it be? Is it something that changes in the minds of the wealthy and/or powerful as they age? As they begin to come to the realization that their lives are not infinite, does something change in their thinking? What do you think?

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      William

      You are right, they start to realise that they are not immortal and want their name to be remembered forever so they adapt and champion “noble causes”. And at the moment, many of them are terrified that Donald Trump will be remembered long after they have been forgotten.

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      Karabar

      You might do well to investigate the upbringing of Bill Gates, and his father in particular.
      You will find that there are things that motivate the individual that are far from his own well-being, or that of others.

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      Ross

      I’ve always hated the guy. Ever since he pirated the Mac software to product Windows back in the 80’s I severely loathe him. He set the PC computing world back 5 years with his shoddy software. I don’t like that he appears to be involved in vaccine development and that he gets praised for this opinions on just about everything. I’m putting him the same basket as Soros, Bezos, Dorsey and Zuckerberg. Way too much power and influence in the hands of so few people.

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        Hanrahan

        I’m old enough to remember DOS 3. It was so bad it wasn’t until DOS 3.3 that it met minimum standards. Gates hired better lawyers than code cutters.

        It is now Apple that everyone loves to hate, and I understand why. How times change.

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          jas m Reid

          DOS 3 was written largely by IBM folks when IBM was flexing their muscles against the clever deal that Gates had managed to lock them into. DOS 3.11 was when MS took the codebase back… Remember OS2? Talk about disasters! If Microsoft had not written Excel to run first on the Macintosh gui, I suspect the Macintosh would have died (remember MS inject $400m into Apple of non-voting shares just at the critical time when Apple was about to go belly up!). Bill Gates usually had a Macintosh on his desktop through much of his time at MS.

          He was a very hard-nosed, clever negotiator (just like DJT 🙂 – yes you have to wonder what the motivation is now for supporting the AGW religion.

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            Chad

            I have had a tumultous relation ship with MGates
            He rescued me from “preDos” f’ing about with punch cards and paper punch tape interface’s….so the man luv began with Dos3++
            But short lived affection, as anyone curjsed with daily struggles of Dos addressing , Lotus 1,2,3,..Lotus Mail, etc may remember …so the love faded to hate !
            But ,.. new found affection when Windows, released us from those mind altering Dos codes ! ….”Luv ya Bill”
            ..but then again the frustration as MS seemed to update Windows every few months introducing new complications, and new bugs, that i had to learn to work with.
            It seemed i would just get comfortable with one version,as a new one was released,..often incompatible with existing software, hardware, or operators.
            Gates was put on my Death list !
            Eventually Win 98 and XT seemed to settle things down long enough to last until a final migration to Win 10…… But little affection left by then.
            Now i just dont bother with updates…even to Excell which seems to be different every time i try a new install.!

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            Analitik

            Actually, IBM were trying to build a multitasking OS for their PC release (it eventually became OS/2) but it was falling behind badly from the hardware development so they went out looking for vendors for a simple OS to licence to get the machine on the market. They first went to Digital Research for a 16 bit version of CP/M but the CEO, Gary Kildall, decided to go flying rather than get to the meeting on time and then there were subsequent disagreements on pricing.

            IBM then approached Microsoft and Bill Gates sold them on DOS which didn’t actually exist at the time. Having secured the contract, Microsoft bought the rights for 86-DOS from Seattle Computer Products and modified this to produce the original MS-DOS (or PC-DOS as bundled with IBM PCs). With PC clones being released after Compaq reverse engineered the PC BIOS, Microsoft was on the gravy train.

            The thing is that 86-DOS was a bit of a hacked OS and borrowed chunks of code from CP/M which flowed through into DOS. Gary Kildall swore there were lines of code in DOS which Microsoft could not explain the function of.

            I think Bill Gates is still insecure about how he landed with his fortune and wants to create a “legacy” hence his backing of mass vaccinations and certain nuclear power plant designs.

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      Murray Shaw

      BC, with the coming of age, cometh the getting of wisdom!

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      Lawrie

      Bill and the others want to be loved by the “in” group. Consider all the parties they would not be invited to if they supported Trump. These folk have sold their souls to the devil and will pay for that one day. In the meantime they will live extremely well. It is better to store up a fortune in heaven than on earth.

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    Kalm Keith

    Bill Gates has associated himself strongly with the very profitable CAGW meme currently used to subjugate the masses and filch through their pockets.

    Accordingly, it is useful to state the reality of this sordid episode of science-politics-human greed and general ugliness;

    “Kinky Keith
    January 12, 2019 at 6:20 am

    According to warming proponents there is only CO2 initiated Global Warming.

    Unfortunately this theory is a scientific Joke.

    Human Origin CO2 doesn’t Heat the atmosphere in any discernible way.

    Then we have the urban heat island effect: i.e. The energy we put in the atmosphere from direct combustion in cars, industry and electricity use. The residual “heat” created is so small that every day we must pray that the Sun rises.

    If the Sun don’t rise we will all be frozen within 48 hours.

    The whole climate scare is unscientific, political manipulation.

    KK”

    https://joannenova.com.au/2019/01/another-expert-climate-professor-retires-and-becomes-outspoken-skeptic/#comment-2093426

    That Mr. Gates now intends to shove CO2 dismissal into everyone’s face is incredible arrogance.

    KK

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    Lance

    “That which cannot be done, will not be done”
    “That which cannot be paid, will not be paid”

    Physics, Thermodynamics, Chemical and Electrical Engineering, all state clearly that Solar and Wind cannot/will not/ will never, provide lower cost energy or more reliable energy, than Nuclear/Coal/Natural Gas.

    “Hope-ium” is not in the Periodic Chart. Unicorn Farts and Pixie Dust do NOT spin turbines.

    Either Gates is insane, ignorant, or a True Believer, or he is simply selling snake oil to gain/maintain power.

    Absolutely nothing he espouses is possible, affordable, workable, or practical.

    Grid scale power is a System. It ALL has to work 24/7. If not, it crashes.
    Restarting that grid takes 4 to 6 times the connected load at the time of failure. Black Start scenario.

    Nobody seems to answer “Gee. Black Start. How do we do that?”. Because they can’t and won’t.

    All of this ignorant crap about batteries, hydrogen, windmills, and solar panels, does not address a 24/7/365 Load Following connected grid that is largely inductive and at constant frequency.

    Until the dope smoking hopium idiots address the basics, their position is nothing but political voodoo and trickery.

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      Please make sure that Lance gets 100+ green thumbs.

      Oh, and for some perspective on a time difference regarding the loss of power, and then a black start, read this about the Great North East Blackout of 2003, and 55 million people lost power.

      Sequence of events

      7 minutes starting at 4.06PM to lose nearly all of that power.

      7 hours to 4 days to get it back on line.

      Small to medium faults in the lead up. Then a major power plant fails and then the cascading loss of all of them.

      The grid fails if one major power plant is lost.

      Same applies everywhere, even here in Australia.

      Tony.

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        Lance

        Mr. Tony:

        There is no guarantee that a continental grid CAN be restarted.

        No Nation on Earth has ever tried to recover from a continental grid failure and restart.

        Mostly, they try desperately to avoid ever facing such a task.

        I’ve been through the load flows. Below a critical amount of baseload thermal generation, a grid cannot restart. Even in sectors.

        Wind/Solar/Batteries/Inverters are utterly useless in black start. They can’t synchronize because there isn’t a reference frequency, they can’t engage the grid because they can’t synchronize, they can’t match a frequency that isn’t there, they can’t match a wildly fluctuating voltage at black start. They simply “Can’t” do SFA.

        No grid can survive more than 20% non-dispatchable generation at black start even if the grid is segmented and controlled at restart. It isn’t possible. The inductive loads prohibit that situation.

        All of this alternative energy crap is a roadmap towards 1870, if one likes that sort of thing.

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          Annie

          Hmmm! Perhaps a full blackout is precisely what the human-haters want; back to the stone age and extinct humans? Perhaps they know full well that this is the likely result of pushing thrir hkpelessly unreliable, resource-wasting ruinables?

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          Hanrahan

          There is no guarantee that a continental grid CAN be restarted.

          Is that hyperbole or a simple statement of fact? I always knew it wouldn’t be easy.

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            Lance

            That is a statement of fact.

            Inductive loads need 4 to 6 times running current to start them.

            A 4 kw heat pump takes 16 to 24 kw to start up for a second or so. Without that inrush, it stalls and sits there and hums but never actually starts.

            The only resistive loads on the grid are residential: electric water heaters, ovens, toasters, and the like.

            The other loads, especially industrial/commercial, are inductive loads: synchronous AC motors

            That means when the grid crashes, all of those inductive loads are still connected. Unless all of them are disconnected when trying to restart, then you need 4 to 6 times the capacity of the grid at the time it went black. In other words, you don’t have the power to restart them at one time.

            Windmills and solar use inverters to connect to the grid. They must be synchronized with the grid frequency or they cannot connect. If the grid is “down”, there is no reference frequency for them to synchronize with, therefore they cannot contribute any power at all because they cannot connect. That increases the load on the remaining thermal generation, which makes the problem worse.

            Even if the connected load is segmented, there may not be enough reserve power to satisfy the inrush current at connection time. It is like a giant dead short circuit. The thermal power plants upon connection, experience a reflected wave ( kind of like an echo ) that causes the safety devices to disconnect to “save” the power plant.

            The only thing one can do is keep disconnecting loads until the thermal plants can energize the transmission lines without disconnecting, then slowly add load and add generation in parallel until the system can take on more load. Once a synchronization frequency is available, then and only then, may the inverter connected wind/solar capacity be connected.

            That being said, the fluctuating input into the grid from the wind/solar generation destabilizes the grid voltage if it is too high of a percentage of available generation. That is because the downstream voltage is higher than the upstream voltage, which causes the thermal plant to throttle back and/or reduce initial transmission voltage, which in turn increases the current flow in the system, which causes increasing voltage drop and resistive heating of the transmission lines.

            The inductive loads require reactive power and too much reactive power demand can cause a cascading voltage drop leading to disconnection from the loads. Wind/solar inverters (unless specially designed) cannot provide any reactive power. All the reactive power comes from the thermal synchronous generation and they may have insufficient reactive power reserves to stabilized grid voltage.

            This is an incredibly complex scenario. Very unstable. Next to impossible to model.

            The “smoke test” happens when actually trying to perform a black start. If you get it wrong, the grid just keeps on collapsing and/or substation and distribution transformers and switch gear get overloaded and burn up. Large substation transformers can take 1 to 3 years to obtain delivery.

            Believe me. You do NOT want to try this if it can be avoided.
            That’s why a fully wind/solar powered grid will never, ever, happen. I’d start getting very nervous if their contribution exceeded 25% to 30% of grid capacity. After that, you are in unknown territory and uncharted waters.

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              Chad

              Lance, i accept you experience in this field, so would sufficient capacity of Hydro generation ..(normally classed as RE)… be able to assist in a staged “Black Start” ??

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                Lance

                Hydro is dispatchable. So, Yes, it would be helpful. The issue is sufficiency.

                Hydro requires a great deal of stored water and a significant elevation difference to be useful.

                Those conditions are rare. Permitting to construct dams and hydro plants are difficult.

                It usually takes 20 to 30 years to get all the permits done along with construction.

                My point is that unless the hydro already exists, getting more of it is 25 years away.

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                Lance

                This article touches upon the difficulty of restarting a grid.
                But is not at all deep enough for more than a topical treatment.

                https://eandt.theiet.org/content/articles/2019/03/market-failures-could-see-britain-suffering-five-day-power-cuts/

                This is why there need be several plans in case one or more plans do not actually work as intended.

                Black Start power plants mean that they can locally restart the plant systems.

                Black start at grid scale is an entirely different situation. Restarting an individual power plant does not mean that the grid can be restarted. People bandy about these things as if they are interchangeable, when they are absolutely not.

                Let’s say you have a sick/failed V-8 engine and you manage to get one cylinder to fire. That doesn’t mean the truck/lorry is useful or will function. Reality sets in when one tries to engage the grid with a power plant.

                AC power systems are not intuitive. There’s a lot of complicated physics and maths involved. One does not simply connect things and hope for the best at gigawatt or terawatt levels. Things go “boom”.

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        Dennis

        We are being saved Tony, news today that great big batteries ($1 billion in value in total) are soon to be installed to back up renewables and enable closure of power stations.

        (sarcasm by me)

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          Lance

          Sarc noted.

          Everyone that proposes such things ought legally be required to answer “What is the impact of this proposal upon the black start capability of the existing grid?”

          Ultimately, that is the only question that actually matters.

          Everything else is simply salesmanship. Without responsibility.

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            “What is the impact of this proposal upon the black start capability of the existing grid?”

            Question asked of the State premier at a feed the chooks media call.

            Premier looks at Minister for Energy and asks ….. “What’s he on about?”

            Minister for Energy replies ….. “No idea, but I think he’s having a racist ‘dig'”

            Tony.

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              Hanrahan

              What would this State Premier’s response be if an engineer from Works asked him if he wanted a bridge built to meet average load or peak load?

              Our friends @ reneweconomy.com would answer that average is OK, they can charge a little battery o’night, that will get them through the morning peak and the sun during the day would work wonders.

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                Lance

                Peak load would collapse the bridge built for average load.

                Bridges are built with safety factors of 3 to 10 times the expected load in order to account for incomplete bonding of reinforcement, corrosion, and unanticipated peak loads ( like a traffic jam that loads the span up to 200% of design average load.)

                Did you know that aircraft are structurally designed with only a 10% safety factor? Otherwise, they are too heavy to fly economically or at all. Mandatory, frequent, inspections are required because of the paucity of safety factors.

                Pity that elected officials are given so much power and authority and so little responsibility for being wrong.

                Instead of education in Law, elected officials ought have education in Engineering, Economics, Ethics, History, and punishment under criminal codes. That would lead to very different decisions.

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          Graeme No.3

          All those batteries plus the ones already installed would supply Eastern Australia for the equivalent of 15 minutes.
          The article was by Perry Williams who just regurgitates Press Releases, without the least understanding of the subject.

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    Lance

    The one and only deciding factor in allowing non dispatchable generation to be approved, funded, or built, is this:

    Can the proposed generation mix satisfy a stable, segmented black start with existing transmission, distribution and protective relaying at existing inductive reactance loads. Period.

    If such an analysis is “negative”, then deprecation of existing thermal generation ought be disallowed by law.

    This isn’t to say that no alternative generation might be allowed. It is to say that “at what point is the generation mix incapable of black start”. That is the ultimate question.

    If that question is not answered, your civilization might well disappear.

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      Chad

      On a similar theme ..
      …i noticed that SA had to fire up its Diesel fueled Turbine generators on SUNDAY evening peak as the wind disapeared, Gas maxed out, and imports from Vic ran high.
      The “Big battery” was also working overtime with short injections of 50MWh or so.
      But its hard to understand how it could have been recharging (repeatedly) during a period of scarce supply..especially from the Hornsdale Wind farm where it is based ??

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    Lawrie

    I have often thought about the consequences of government electricity policy but for the first time I am really worried. The people promoting these disastrous ideas are rich enough to not be affected by them when they go wrong. Who is advising ministers like Matt Kean? Do they have any qualifications at all? And if they are intelligent and do know what they are doing they are treasonous. What is their aim? To ruin our economy, to foment unrest, to assist China? Can we trust any of our politicians?

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      Kalm Keith

      Exactly.
      Maybe we should ask John Hewson.

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      Dennis

      Kean grew up in the Wahroonga area and was educated at Saint Ignatius’ College, Riverview before attaining a Bachelor of Business from the University of Technology, Sydney. He later completed a graduate diploma at the Institute of Chartered Accountants. While at university, he was elected to the UTS Student Representative Council and as the SRC Executive Member for the Haymarket Campus. Kean has been a member of the Liberal Party since 2001, and in 2008, he was elected vice-president of the NSW Young Liberals. During the 2003 State election campaign, Kean worked as an adviser for the Leader of the Opposition, John Brogden. He subsequently worked for the Hon. Catherine Cusack MLC as an adviser while she was shadow minister for Juvenile Justice and Women.

      Prior to entering Parliament, Kean was a manager at Pricewaterhouse Coopers.

      He is also an avid cricketer, and long-time member of the Berowra Cricket Club.

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      Graeme No.3

      Lawrie:
      They know nothing about electricity. Their approach is based on wishful thinking** and avoiding political criticism from the left (really left) wing.

      Start with lawyers who think that passing a law will alter reality. Pass onto the Green belief “If you wish hard enough it will happen”. And conclude that if anything goes wrong, you won’t be around to get the blame.

      **What I think of as The Fairy Godmother approach, but you may substitute Father Christmas or The Easter Bunny.

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      Analitik

      The people promoting these disastrous ideas are rich enough to not be affected by them when they go wrong

      Actually, the people promoting these disastrous ideas are rich enough to not be affected by them when they get expensive. Not many are set up to not be affected when they go truly wrong as the amount of battery storage required for a long term blackout (several hours minimum) is considerable.

      I would love for Mike Cannon-Brookes to experience an SA style blackout in his region as he is one of the worst of the over-educated, highly opinionated and high profile proponents of the renewables + battery = save the world from CAGW meme. He is living proof that being highly qualified in one area of technology does not prevent a person from being a total ignoramus in other fields.

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    DonS

    Hi Jo

    This is the whole problem with the world today. Unqualified loudmouths with big bank accounts telling everyone else what to think, do, feel! A few months ago he was an expert on viruses and was going to save the world from Wuhan-19, now he is an expert in atmospheric physics/chemistry and climate history. Is there no amount of credibility with the media that a big stack of cash can not buy?

    Gates and his fellow uni dropout Jobs “acquired” the idea for the windows style operating system after a tour of the Cannon photocopying plant where they were shown just such a system for operating photocopy/fax machines. The term fall arse backwards into a pile of money was never a truer statement.

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    The climate is perfectly normal in its natural way and will stay that way.
    He knows that and that’s why he pumps out carbon dioxide without guilt.
    This is about a global dictatorship with a thousand Hitlers in charge.

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    Mark Allinson

    I might have missed it, but I can’t see in any of the comments here a reference to Bill Gates plans which would explain the need for many aircraft.

    “The researchers believe that a fleet of specially-designed aircraft could spray sulfate particles into the lower stratosphere to cool down our planet and offset the effects of climate change.”

    https://news.yahoo.com/bill-gates-backing-plan-to-stop-climate-change-by-blocking-out-the-sun-183601437.html

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    Boris

    This is all like a dystopian novel, a mixed novel – 1984, Brave New World, and Fahrenheit 451.

    20 + years ago my mother and to a lesser extent, my father, thought I was entertaining lunatic ideas. They are very well read, classically educated in a European university in the early 50’s. Unfortunately, my father passed away but until he death, he and now my mother, can’t believe what is happening around us, in Europe and in Australia.

    Now she’s worried I may have future difficulties on account of my many letters to Australian and NSW parliamentarians or some of the things I say in public.

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    Jonesy

    Signature Aviation is a FBO! To put it in layman terms ….a service station for executive jets. Why Gates is buying a Fixed Base Operator is beyond me. Unless, he wants to hide the travel arrangements of his special friends. That will fail, nobody can hide from the planespotters…not even the CIA!

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    CHRIS

    It’s just like Al Gore selling his US Cable Network to Al Jazeera (owned by Qatar). The hypocrisy of some people is beyond belief

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    2dogs

    To be fair to Gates, he is not really being a hypocrite here – he isn’t saying we should give up flying.

    His book promotes nuclear and research into better renewables technologies. He makes the point that it is new tech rather than regulation which will change carbon emissions. He’s not Bjorn Lomborg, but is slowly heading in that direction.

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