It looks like Bill Gates – someone whose entire fortune is based on the ability to see into the future – has been thinking Green lately.
In this report from the US, Bill asks perhaps the biggest energy question of the millennium so far:
‘Can the energy sector finance its own revolution and create … great R&D jobs here in America?’
With the errr… you know what in the news constantly over the past few weeks, I’m sure Gates isn’t alone in wondering what the best way forward for the energy sector is. And while Gates wasn’t explicit about the details, it doesn’t take much reading between the lines to get the gist of what his thinking is:
‘[energy] that is both cheaper, not dependent on foreign supply and is environmentally designed so that we’re not emitting carbon and getting into the climate change problem’
Big voices like Gates’ calling for a step-change in energy production may be a relatively new phenomenon, but one that is surely here for the long term. It’s not surprising that the USA is the world’s biggest oil user, so it is a good thing that diaogue is beginning in terms of how to produce energy from renewable sources.
Here in the UK, steps are being made towards a greater mix of renewables on the road to green energy provision, and if the green energy sector continues to expand and provides jobs, everyone’s a winner.