Want to read Slashdot from your mobile device? Point it at m.slashdot.org and keep reading!

 



Forgot your password?
typodupeerror
Check out the new SourceForge HTML5 internet speed test! No Flash necessary and runs on all devices. ×
Earth The Almighty Buck Politics

Bill Gates To Headline Paris Climate Talks 93

theodp writes: The NY Times and others report that Bill Gates will announce the creation of a multibillion-dollar clean energy fund on Monday at the opening of the two-week long Paris Climate Change Conference. The climate summit, which will be attended by President Obama and 100+ world leaders, is intended to forge a global accord to cut planet-warming emissions. The pending announcement was first reported by ClimateWire. A spokesman for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation did not respond to a request for comment. Let's hope it goes better than BillG school reform!
This discussion has been archived. No new comments can be posted.

Bill Gates To Headline Paris Climate Talks

Comments Filter:
  • Denied! (Score:2, Funny)

    by Hognoxious ( 631665 )

    I would have got a frosty, but my Win 98 machine threw a goddam BSOD again!

  • Oh Boy (Score:4, Funny)

    by PvtVoid ( 1252388 ) on Saturday November 28, 2015 @06:35PM (#51019411)

    This story will generate rational discussion on Slashdot.

  • by ravenspear ( 756059 ) on Saturday November 28, 2015 @06:43PM (#51019449)

    I heard that $640 was enough for anyone.

  • Diesel is solar power done right. It is solar power in its most efficient and usable form. All those biomass that generated oil deposits didn't die for nothing. They transformed solar energy into oil so we don't have to pollute our rivers by making the solar panels, or to beg for China's mercy in order to make wind turbines, or to bury the homes of countless wildlife under water.

    Diesel is clean, efficient, and it creates jobs. It's patriotic to use diesel-powered electricity. It's the American way.

    If God

  • Climate change would be completely mitigated by this point if the world ran on windows 10. Obviously by some mysterious updates that would load while the unsuspecting sleep.
  • “In a similar poll before the Copenhagen meeting in 2009, eight countries had majorities favouring tough action.” This has always been an issue mostly for elites, probably because climate deals all tend to give elites more power and money.

    http://www.the-american-intere... [the-americ...terest.com]

    • Conservatives who control oil, natural gas and coal seem to wield power and money; are they not elite?

      • by schwit1 ( 797399 )
        Sure, but you can choose to a certain extent not do business with them. Good luck trying to do that with the EPA.
      • Conservatives who control oil, natural gas and coal seem to wield power and money; are they not elite?

        Whatever gave you that ridiculous idea?

        Oil, natural gas, and coal are controlled by government: they are usually mined from government lands under government license.

        The companies doing the mining are usually publicly traded, which means that they are predominantly institutionally owned, mainly to pay for things like retirement.

  • I heard they tried to get Fetty Wap to headline, but they didn't want to meet his price.

    https://youtu.be/wxMZkhWum64 [youtu.be]

  • Clean fuels would indeed be awesome. Unfortunately when we apply commercial interference and box ticking, we end up with something worse. i.e. replacing CO2 with No2 in the UK, just to meet carbon emissions targets specifically, has been a terrible health blight on Britain's air quality. The road to hell, good intentions and all that.
  • by Tom ( 822 )

    Let's hope it goes better than BillG school reform!

    It won't. Bill suffers from the same ego problem that many successful people suffer from - thinking that because you were good at one thing means you are qualified to solving every other problem. But very few people are great in vastly different domains. Even most geniuses stick to at least one area.

    Giving money to people who are real experts in a domain and giving them room to find solutions is a hundred times better than coming in as a celebrity and taking over with your own random idea. This can, in fact

    • Giving money to people who are real experts in a domain and giving them room to find solutions is a hundred times better than coming in as a celebrity and taking over with your own random idea.

      You know that Bill Gates isn't one guy doing all the work all by himself right? He employs thousands of people who are experts in their fields, and they do most of the hard slog. He just sits on top and uses his clout to open doors that wouldn't otherwise open.

      • by Tom ( 822 )

        You know that Bill Gates isn't one guy doing all the work all by himself right?

        Really? No, that's a total surprise to me.

        The point is not who does the work. The point is who decides which path to take. And from what I've seen so far, Bill is anything but a hands-off manager. His education project is the way he thinks it should be done, and his malaria foundation does business with pharmacy companies that he holds stock in.

        It might just be that he listens to his experts and then goes on stage selling their proposals as his ideas, but given his history with Microsoft and Windows and DOS

        • Ironic that the very thing you disparage Bill Gates for you are doing yourself.
          I'm going to assume you aren't an expert in either education or malaria research, so who are you to say what is right or wrong? I don't know Bill from a bar of soap, but I know he has proven himself clever and successful, and I'll take that over some unknown internet forum poster any day of the week.
          • by Tom ( 822 )

            Ironic that the very thing you disparage Bill Gates for you are doing yourself.

            I'm running a multi-million dollar monopolistic company that harms technological progress and corners markets?

            so who are you to say what is right or wrong?

            I know little about education and almost nothing about malaria. So I'm not running around telling people how to run schools or cure people. But I know enough about philosophy and psychology to see your (and not just your) problem in thinking:

            he has proven himself clever and successful, and I'll take that over some unknown internet forum poster any day of the week.

            Bills success in exploiting the tech industry does not necessarily translate into any other knowledge. A lot of people who were genius scientists had brutally s

            • Bills success in exploiting the tech industry does not necessarily translate into any other knowledge.

              Bill was/is extremely successful in Business, and those skills are a lot more transferable than a physicist or actor trying to be a politician.
              He may not be the most perfect candidate, but I'll take a rich billionaire trying to help educate people and reduce diseases than trying cause trouble (eg Koch, Murdoch etc)

              • by Tom ( 822 )

                Bill was/is extremely successful in Business, and those skills are a lot more transferable than a physicist or actor trying to be a politician.

                Why? You make a claim with no evidence.

                To be a successful physicist, you have to be very smart, have a deep understanding of various topics, good math skills, good memory, good deduction abilities and the ability to find useful information in a flood of incoming data. All of that seems to be good qualifications for politics.

                Or maybe not. The point is that this "business success == everything" meme is dangerous, and the fuck-up that our world has become thanks to neocons running the show is more proof of tha

                • Why? You make a claim with no evidence.

                  Running a large software company is a business. Running an education program is a business. Running a medical program is a business. Pretending to be James Bond isn't, nor is solving equations.

                  To be a successful physicist, you have to be very smart, have a deep understanding of various topics, good math skills, good memory, good deduction abilities and the ability to find useful information in a flood of incoming data. All of that seems to be good qualifications for politics.

                  If you seriously believe that then I can't help you. Science, Arts and Politics are the most most disparate fields as you can get in life. Business falls under politics, as anyone who has graduated past peon worker, or runs their own business can attest to.

                  I don't mind him helping education. I just wish he would be humble enough to not think he is a genius who knows how to do it right, because that kind of people, especially in education, are a dime a dozen.

                  This makes no sense. Do you even understand how the Bill and M

                  • by Tom ( 822 )

                    Running a large software company is a business. Running an education program is a business. Running a medical program is a business.

                    That's true, but hospitals don't have their MBAs in the operating room, for a reason. In education or medicine or other areas, there is the business side and the topical side.

                    Science, Arts and Politics are the most most disparate fields as you can get in life. Business falls under politics, as anyone who has graduated past peon worker, or runs their own business can attest to.

                    They are disparate, but some skills are transferable. I myself moved from IT into business and politics and if I may say so, fairly successfully. Then I moved back, and took some of the things I learnt there with me. Yes, there are new skills you need. But like learning another language, there are also some things that are similar, som

"The Avis WIZARD decides if you get to drive a car. Your head won't touch the pillow of a Sheraton unless their computer says it's okay." -- Arthur Miller

Working...