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The System Will Not Solve the Climate Crisis Without a Push: That’s Where You Come in

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04.05.2021

Bill Gates is the most recent billionaire to write a book on what needs to be done to solve the climate crisis. The point of his book, How to Avoid a Climate Disaster, is to let us know the ways that markets and technology will save us. Like so much techno-optimist thinking done by the billionaires who want to save us, it is deeply wrong. Gates writes that his “optimism about the climate comes from [his] belief in innovation.”

The reality is that all the solutions we need to have an economically viable, socially just, and sustainable future have already been engineered.

In his book Gates does a decent job talking about how investments in the right technologies will pay off and he is right that many businesses can profit from investment in new technologies and in energy savings. More good technology will make the transition easier. The engineers should keep working at breakneck speed to come up with better ways of doing things. But the reality is that all the solutions we need to have an economically viable, socially just, and sustainable........

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