In what can only be considered a delicious sense of ironic timing, on the very day that Bill Gates was presenting to the world his Breakthrough Energy Coalition, to commit billions of private dollars to invest in clean-energy ideas, liberal Seattle activists were protesting against the Gates Foundation to tell him to quit making investments that make money that he can commit to the environment.
Since environmental zealots are nothing if not self-righteous, while the out-of-touch activists did admit that Gates’ new investment plan was “commendable”, the fact that the Foundation continues to make money off investments in fossil fuel stocks is not acceptable to people who aren’t actually making any investments of their own.
One of the whiny activists perfectly captured their nonsensical sentiment: Sarra Tekola with Gates Divest said that “fund (the Breakthrough Energy Coalition) is nice, but it’s not enough.”
Of course, the Gates Divest group is not exactly persuading the person it most needs to, the Microsoft co-founder himself. Recently, Gates “rejected calls that the foundation divest of all fossil-fuel companies as a ‘false solution.’”
Gates is likely to draw even more attacks from the greenie liberals should his clean-energy investment focus include a particular favorite of his – nuclear energy. As the Times pointed out, “Gates is also chairman of Bellevue-based TerraPower, a company that he helped launch in 2006 that is trying to develop new technology that uses depleted — rather than enriched uranium — to produce safer and cleaner nuclear power. The hope is that nuclear power, with zero carbon emissions, could then play a significant role in the transition to a clean-energy future.”
Just wait until the environmental zealot crowd realizes that Gates likes nuclear energy – that will guarantee non-stop protests.