MONEY doesn’t necessarily corrupt but power certainly does. The demoralised and broken West is now fair game for powerful individuals with Messiah complexes. The most obvious is George Soros, about whom I have written before. But the man of the hour is now Bill Gates, surely the most hypocritical of all the current megalomaniacs we have the misfortune to endure.
This year, more than ever before, a spotlight has been shone on the elite, illuminating their hypocrisy not only when it comes to Covid-19 but also climate change. Green technology is a game changer and one I welcome. But, as I wrote a few weeks ago, the direction it’s headed in will impoverish the majority while enriching a minority.
We are rapidly turning into a society where our cultural elite impose their lunatic ideas on us through laws and regulations, the worst consequences of which their mega-wealth exempts them from. That billionaires profit from Covid-19 lockdown rules while small business owners are plunged into bankruptcy and poverty doesn’t seem to worry our elite. Not when they can ruthlessly obsess about carbon emissions.
Gates is a fierce critic of C02 emissions and a climate change ideologue, so much so that he is about to publish a book on the topic. But why is he preaching to us on climate change when he must be one of the heaviest personal users of carbon in the world?
In 2017, Gates took 59 flights, presumably in his private plane, which he has described as a ‘guilty pleasure’. I am certain that his guilty pleasure produces a lot more CO2 than my own dark chocolate fetish. His flights emitted 1,600 tons of carbon dioxide in a single year whereas most of us produce only 10 tons annually.
In February, it was rumoured that Gates had bought a superyacht, something he has yet to confirm or deny, although he certainly charters them. The timing is suspicious, given that several billionaires took to the seas in superyachts in March to escape Covid-19 and the unpleasant effects of medieval lockdowns. The environmental damage they would have done to our oceans’ delicate ecosystems bears examination. One superyacht uses around 500 litres of petrol per hour and pumps out 2.1million tons of C02 a year.
Superyacht manufacturers and users salve their consciences, and their extensive ocean and air polluting habits, by ‘off-setting’ their carbon footprints. How very convenient for the super-rich that they can support yet another climate change racket from their endless resources. The rest of us can’t and never will.
The approach to climate change is being led by those who will be unaffected by the same punishing solutions they inflict on the rest of us. Gates may purport to be saving the world but don’t be fooled: this is not about principles but money.
In 2015, Gates pledged £1.5billion of his personal wealth to combat climate change. He founded, and bankrolled, a private fund called Breakthrough Energy Ventures (BEV), which invests in green technology including battery-operated cars. Gates is also invested in Ambri, a company which makes batteries for ‘renewable energy solutions’.
Gates isn’t a fan of crops grown for food or land used for cattle grazing. https://www.gatesnotes.com/Energy/Moving-around-in-a-zero-carbon-world He prefers that the land is used to grow biofuels, so that greenhouse gases are reduced. Given that BEV invests in biofuel manufacturers it’s no wonder that Gates is so keen on green fuels.
Just as insidious is his plan to make us pay a ‘Green Premium’ on energy usage, describing it as the cost difference between a product which emits C02 and a green alternative which supposedly doesn’t. Gates is already proposing that fossil fuels for planes should be made more expensive to level up the price of biofuels.
This would certainly enrich any investment fund or manufacturer involved in green technology.
Gates also promotes the use of electrofuels for planes, even though he admits that the cost of this is up to seven times more than fossil fuels.
Soon meat and dairy products and family holidays abroad will be affordable only for the super-rich, who are unlikely to be decreasing their consumption of gourmet meat dishes while cruising on their superyachts.
There is money to be made in promoting woke concepts such as zero C02 emissions, even by those responsible for producing vast amounts of it. This obsession with the number zero, from Covid-19 cases to CO2 emissions, is tinged with greed.
Two years ago the EU gave BEV more than £45million, no doubt making use of British taxpayers’ money to do so. This isn’t the only Gates organisation to benefit from our taxes. I have written before on how, in the name of foreign aid, the Government funds wealthy charities including the uber-wealthy Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. In 2011, the Department for International Development (DfID) gave the Gates Foundation £20million, in 2015 £1billion, via the Ross Fund, and in 2016 £3billion.
Gates has form in lecturing prime ministers on what they may or may not do when it comes to funding foreign aid and climate change solutions. In 2017, he warned Theresa May not to disband DfID (now part of the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office).
Not only are we paying wealthy hypocrites such as Gates to scold us for our wicked climate-destroying ways, but also to impoverish us with their grandiose green fantasies. With billions invested in creating a zero-carbon future, and an incestuous relationship with the British government, Gates won’t brook any dissent. Except by himself.