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Bill Gates: We Need Socialism To Save The Planet

Bill Gates says that socialism is needed in order to save the planet

Bill Gates has said that capitalism isn’t working, and that socialism is our only hope in order to save the planet.

During an interview with The Atlantic, the Microsoft founder said that the private sector is too selfish to produce clean and economical alternatives to fossil fuels, and announced his intentions to spend $2 billion of his own money on green energy.

The Independent reports:

The Microsoft founder called on fellow billionaires to help make the US fossil-free by 2050 with similar philanthropy.

He said:

“There’s no fortune to be made. Even if you have a new energy source that costs the same as today’s and emits no CO2, it will be uncertain compared with what’s tried-and-true and already operating at unbelievable scale and has gotten through all the regulatory problems.

Without a substantial carbon tax, there’s no incentive for innovators or plant buyers to switch.

Since World War II, US-government R&D has defined the state of the art in almost every area. The private sector is in general inept.

The climate problem has to be solved in the rich countries. China and the US and Europe have to solve CO2 emissions, and when they do, hopefully they’ll make it cheap enough for everyone else.”

In recent years, China has surged ahead of the US and Europe in green investment, despite remaining the world’s most polluting country in terms of fossil fuels.

Between 2000 and 2012, China’s solar energy output rose from 3 to 21,000 megawatts, rising 67 per cent between 2013 and 2014. In 2014 the country’s CO2 emissions decreased 1 per cent.

Meanwhile, Germany’s greenhouse emissions are at the lowest point since 1990, and the UK has seen a decrease of 13.35 per cent in emissions over the last five years, according to official quarterly statistics from the Department of Energy & Climate Change.

Greenhouse gas emissions statistics from the Department of Energy & Climate Change

  • WhiteEagle

    Thats the solution!! Another tax! Make it harder for the average person to meet their bills, much less survive without being on the government welfare lists. Not like Joe 6-pack even has discresionary money for his even his 6-pack anymore as the country keeps sinking under the burden of taxes, NAFTA style trade deals and excessive Government spending with its alphabet agencies and continual war mongering.

    Lets solve everything..with another tax. Maybe we can get rid of those useless eater…er breathers in the process.

    • whatever

      Well, technically speaking that’s already the case within Europe. We have engine taxes + carbon taxes + energy taxes on fuel.

      Price of a _liter_ of gas is around ~1.50 EUR here, around 92%+ energy taxes on them, dependent on what kind of octan level the gas has.

      On top of that, we need to pay taxes on how “big” our engine is. If the engine is, say, 2l small block, you need to pay at least 40 EUR for it, in the case it produces exactly 0g/km CO2 emissions. Calculated by 2EUR * each beginning 100cm3.

      On top of that, you have to pay for each beginning 95g/km CO2 emissions 2EUR, so you are likely around 300EUR taxes per year for a typical ultra-modern-and-EURO5++ normed car.

      Of course, insurances try to push you to get more modern cars, too. But that’s the same in US as in EU. That’s why I personally drive E85 here, cheaper fuel and cheaper taxes due to less emissions.

    • Michtou

      Well, if the rich and big companies paid their share, the little guy wouldn’t have to pay so much. But whenever you elect rich people, they cut their own tax burden more and more.

      • vps

        M: This “rich” president, Trump”, will cut your “middle class” tax….just stay tuned. He will also take $1 for his presidential salary.

        • Michtou

          He won’t cut your taxes. That’s lie number one. He’ll cut taxes for the rich. The so-called “death tax” doesn’t affect the middle class at all. And all those tax cuts to the rich will be paid via cuts to the middle class and poor. They’re already talking about cutting medicare and Social Security, which are benefits YOU PAID FOR out of your pay check. So they’ll steal money you gave for decades. And user fees (hidden taxes) will go up everywhere to keep basic services running. Privatizing means gouging the public, so expect to pay more for lots of stuff. The salary? It is meaningless to him, a drop in the bucket. John F. Kennedy didn’t take the salary either. It’s not that he’s being generous, he thinks it’s good PR.

        • alikhat

          Oh, sure he will! But will that be before or after he gives everyone in the country a magical flying unicorn and a bottomless sack of gold coins?

          You Trumperoos are such simple-minded buffoons. You’d be funny, if there hadn’t been enough of you to set the country on fire.

          • joe_schmooga

            Bernie or Hillary??!

    • Patti

      He just said “The private sector is too selfish, bla, bla, bla” and then goes on to say he (from the private sector” will invest in the very cause ??? What he has never done is live in an actual social democracy to realize how things really pan out. American neo-liberals make me laugh cause they live in this alternate universe of ideals and are sooo sure socialism is the sure way to get there. As if switching it all up into a socialist nation will get you to utopia. Hello from that other side: your grandparents ran away from all this docial restriction fir s dang giid reason. The corruption under socialist rule (ie big government) and socisl inequslity becomes actual far greater. You have the elite ruling class and then far, far below the “working class “. Oh, and tax evasion suddenly becomes a must cause big government never gets the needs of the little people right (and begin to care less and less, as they sit on their comfy thrones). Go shead and donate, Bill. It’ll get us there without stripping us of our liberty. That’s what your grandparents busted their butts to get here for.

  • Kassman

    He never said that. More fake news for Trump suporters. http://money.cnn.com/2016/10/30/media/facebook-fake-news-plague/

    • disqus_75khJZ6RgX

      he did say it……who are you?

      • Kassman

        He never said what was quoted in the headline. This article would fail in middle school.

  • fedupwithlibtards

    What a profound short little paragraph…

    “You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by

    legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person

    receives without working for, another person must work for

    without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody

    anything that the government does not first take from

    somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that

    they do not have to work because the other half is going to

    take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea

    that it does no good to work because somebody else is going

    to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is about the

    end of any nation. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing

    it.”

    ~~~~~ Dr. Adrian Rogers, 1931

  • Helen Sarah

    did not know that human is more power and/or better than planet. Could not understand how and why, Bill Gates can be so stupid.

  • what?

    Maybe Bill Gates would run for President in 4 years.

  • kyleyoder

    Private sector is fueling most of the innovations. He’s the reason why Hillary lost. People are sick of crony socialism. Poor billionaires like Gates realized just who’s really in charge on Nov. 8–the American people! Jokes on that a-hole.

    • Erland Nettum

      Like you have something remotely like socialism in the US. 😀

      • https://www.facebook.com/TheConservativeAtheist?ref=hl The Conservative Atheist

        glad we don’t

        • Erland Nettum

          Life is far better for most people in Norway.

    • Julia

      Have you looked at who Trump wants in his cabinet for Education?

  • Doug Miller

    Just today I thought ‘Where were the billionaires who could go up against the Kochs and their billionaire friends?” Where are you BILL???

  • BrownHorn

    What is divine govt?

    Will capitalism, as is, last forever?

    What is the purpose of communism and capitalism?

    Do humans know that all ‘isms’ are man-made?

    Do humans know that due to their ego and conceit, all ‘isms’ created by mankind have inherent flaws?

    Communism collapsed without a shot being fired in anger though the Soviet Bloc was armed to the teeth.

    Will Capitalism collapse too?

    Will runaway materialistic way of life of mankind last forever?

    Will capitalism last forever like there is no tomorrow?

    Sharing what I wrote with all my worldwide FB friends and contacts, and not with Singaporeans only.

    The link:

    https://tankoktim.wordpress.com/2015/08/24/communism-and-capitalism-what-is-ism/

  • http://www.rlaban.blogspot.com rdl

    Now he says this after supporting Hil & her corps

  • Jurisprudence

    BULLSHIT! He did not say that! The term is Utilitarianism and it is very important to not confuse the two! He seemed to be a big fan of capitalism when he was building his fortune and squashing his competition with a callous indifference. Considering his plan is to persuade other capitalists to charitably invest in green energy with their capital profits; persuade communist leaders to invest the peoples money in green energy; persuade Fascists to undo protectionist policy inhibiting green energy; how in the world is that socialist? That plan has nothing to do with capitalism vs. socialism. His statement made no mention of political philosophy, only that protectionism (which is actually a national socialist policy) is hindering utilitarian progress in the energy sector. So really his statement is ANTI-Socialism.

  • Daniel

    I thought Bill Gates was smarter than this. If private individuals are too selfish, what about politicians and bureaucrats? They are the most selfish people on the planet and they have guns to come to your house to steal your property via taxation. What Bill Gates talks is NOT capitalism, but crony capitalism. Of course crony capitalism does not work. There has been no capitalism left in the world for at least a full century.

    • sigtrent

      He is. He said nothing about socialism or capitalism in the actual interview. This news site is just full of bullshit lies for the sake of clicks.

  • DTS623

    Socialism merely swaps greedy capitalists (like Gates) for greedy bureaucrats (like the Clintons)

    Low cost energy benefits everyone, the poor are helped most of all

  • Don MacQuarrie

    Just build these peeple….lol https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=kye6AFjYayE

  • Brian Healey

    I read this Article and his Interview. Socialism is not what is was really talking about. I am a Republican and I am always for the Private Sector doing the job. But his point was on future Energy technologies and developement of them by the Private sector. His point was that Govt develop Nuclear Energy, They developed Hydro Power, They developed the Internet. Not because of Profit but because we needed them. So what he was saying is that the Department of Energy can do a better job coming up with new Energy technologies better than the private sector because at this time there is no Profit in it for the private sector so no incentive…Yet. I think we all agree, Oil isn’t going to be here forever. I really don’t care where I get my power from, As long as I can turn my lights on and keep warm I am pretty good. Now what I disagree with him on is funding it. I also don’t want to tax the hell out of us to do it. I mean if him and his friends want to give the department of Energy their Billions to do research then more power to them! If you want to take money from some other part of Govt to do ok fine. But we don’t need more taxes.

  • vps

    And we thought Gates was smart !? Under socialism he would have to give up 80% of his wealth, to take care of the “poor people”, not only of the US, but the whole world. He is NUTS.

  • francoismarie

    Mr Gates the day you give up all your money to poor people, then you can make eronious statement or move to Venezuela
    Maduro would love you

  • Sun Tan

    It’s easy to say Socialism is great when you’re extremely wealthy. Nothing worse than a rich Lib

    • http://smu.gs/L1p7XU winston

      It’s easier when youre poor.

    • pamela goforth

      I filed claim # 2016-014144, 20016-014146, 2016-014147 with
      department of treasury IRS Whistlesblowers form Government form 2011 on 8.22/16
      code 7623 Microsoft bill gates is hacking into public’s electric, off his paid
      commercial ads, stealing publics kwh electric & not metering the electric
      he’s stealing to avoid paying IRS on taxable income he receiving off the public
      his hacking is same as hot wiring our cars to drive around in our automobile is
      stealing, our government allowing Bill Gates Microsoft in not charging him his
      crime involved helping to heist electrics & taxes, Mr Gate is not metering
      nor tat how much cost he receiving & Billing us for, with electric
      companies Scam defrauding citizens in the world thats robbery is now a governmental
      conspiracy if not accounting for it since I reported the crimes involved, &
      as income received by Mr Gates Microsoft; Ten commandments God’s Laws thou
      shall not steal or covet any man’s house wife ass ox or anything that is your
      neighbors, thou shall have no god above God,God called us gods! Thomas Edison
      invented our electric, it a commodity we can buy & it pay for it, taxes our
      government added to us too, costing tax payers, that a sin partaking with them
      involved in that heist too that’s against God’s laws for us too; electric was
      in the world before Mr Gates used it to make his junky computer without
      someones electric his computer wont run,(his plastic & wires is all he’s
      entitled too) I’d likened to a gun. God word said Love never faileth it
      abhorrent evil, we’ve been sent to call the sinner to repentance from dead
      works to serve God Salvation’s Plan, Mr Gate Microsoft may already stole
      billions/trillions in the world robbing us our shut eye in our kwh Electric! I
      need the income from off my work I have reported the crimes to IRS filing form
      2011 Whistleblower 7623 9(A) & (b) To become rewarded to me governments.
      The Issue is God, Microsoft crimes is in plain sight! hacking kwh electric off
      public. We have one faith,one hope of our callings, one lord Jesus Christ, we
      overcome Satan by it & the word of our testimony & by the Blood of the
      Lamb & the Gates of hell will not prevail against us. 11/18/2016 Layne
      Carver for Joseph Hebb; IRS said I provide speculative & didn’t provide
      credible evidence regarding tax underpayment revenue laws & doesn’t contain
      a determination regarding an award under section 7623 (b). I am entitled to the

      reward deliver me this Issue is God in Jesus name God I ask this all done amen.

  • Sun Tan

    YouTube Bill Gates Vaccines and YouTube Ted Turner on population control.

  • Christopher Morvant

    Mr. Gates, your opinions are a lot like Microsoft’s Operating System, highly flawed. Do you not realize that if you were living in a socialist state, you wouldn’t be nearly as wealthy as you are today? Have you ever taken a trip to Russia, where Socialism is the political foundation stone and tried to get a loaf of decent bread? How about a trip to Communist Cuba? Can you now see the flaws in that which you claim to be your logic?

  • http://firearmusernetwork.com/ John M Buol Jr.

    Capitalism seemed fine when negotiating a contract with IBM, after purchasing a certain operating system from Tim Paterson of course…

  • Russell Gann

    Typical limousine liberal. He’s got his money…

  • blbc

    Money can’t buy smarts.

  • David Hersch

    The great Margaret Thatcher once said “The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.” Bill Gates will never run out of money and probably has no idea what it is like to really struggle and make ends meet. He is in an elitist position to spout this sort of nonsense which he knows has failed over and over again.

    Let the kind hearted capitalists and bleeding hearts rather wisely create the atmosphere and culture of opportunity for people to establish themselves and grow economically. We all know the principle of teaching a man how to fish rather than handing him fish.

  • Iatemine

    When has Bill Gates ever been in touch with the average American? He went directly from introvert computer nerd to obscenely rich. He has no idea how Socialism destroys the average person. He sees himself as the elite, above all of us filthy masses. Just like all Progressives.

    • billwalker

      He is vastly ‘more in touch’ with the average American than the majotity of the obscenely rich. NOONE should inherit 20 BILLION Dollars ( Walmart kids )These oligarchy creating amounts should be applied to the national debt.

      • Iatemine

        No one should inherit 20 billion dollars? Under which Hitler or Stalin or Mao would you rather we live? Why shouldn’t my kids receive the fruits of MY labors instead of some low-achieving government nazi taking it and distributing it among those who don’t deserve it nor have worked nearly as hard or taken as many risks? Socialism doesn’t work Pal. Never has, never will. The National Debt needs to be fixed by the same people who ran it up! We are already paying for that! Do you not realize that if you confiscated the wealth of all the 2% …and 1% in this Country it would only pay for 3 hours of running the government? Stop believing the stupid lie the Democrats have been spewing for the last 60 years.

  • Shawn

    Think about this for a minute. He wants to invest in an alternative energy source, so he can control it, and make money on it, so he can get even richer than he is. He gives two rats asses about you or me.

  • Paul

    So he comes to this conclusion after building a McMansion and takes all the other trappings of a billionaire? Greenhouse gas polluter…why aren’t 20 homeless in his house?

    Pushing a button from a 1,000 miles away to take someone out doesn’t make it any different than point blank. That is all these millionaires and billionaires do…whine about their good fortunes and try their damnest to keep anyone else from making a living. Bill, give it all away now and live in a temple–then you will earn my respect, otherwise, get in your limo and shut up

  • Metalicman

    This guy is a lunitic. Lock him up.

  • joe_schmooga

    Gates: “I’ve got mine so FU#K the rest of you!!”