BILL GATES—AN ENERGY OBSERVATION

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When it comes to energy policy, pollution, and sustainability, I always find it interesting how people do not always consider exactly what they think that they are measuring. Carbon dioxide is just one example. Some people affirm that electric cars are the best invention for minimizing atmospheric carbon dioxide. However, much depends on the nature of the energy grid. In a recent interview, Bill Gates summarizes this perfectly (James Bennet “Interview [with Bill Gates].” The Atlantic. November 2015, pp. 56–64):

People think, Oh, well, I’ll just get an electric car. There are places where if you buy an electric car, you’re actually increasing CO2 emissions, because the electricity infrastructure is emitting more CO2 than you would have if you’d had a gasoline-powered car.” (p. 58)

Please do not misinterpret me. I think that electric cars offer an excellent transportation option. However, just don’t try to say that they are the one and only best solution in every context.

About James Meadows

Currently I serve as a training team manager for Johnson Controls at a customer-care center in Kansas City. Additionally, I am a business consultant, a freelance corporate writer, an Assembly of God ordained minister, a Civil Air Patrol chaplain, and a blogger. I believe we are living in the most fascinating times of human history. To maximize the opportunities these times present, I have a passionate interest in leadership development and organizational success, both of which I view as inextricably linked.

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