Bill Gates Slams Unreliable Wind & Solar: ‘Let’s Quit Jerking Around With Renewables & Batteries’

Posted: February 18, 2019 by oldbrew in Energy, greenblob, ideology, opinion
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Quite right, but not what climate-obsessed politicians and the ‘Greenblob’ crowd want to hear.


Bill says it’s time to stop jerking around with wind & solar.

When the world’s richest entrepreneur says wind and solar will never work, it’s probably time to listen.

Bill Gates made a fortune applying common sense to the untapped market of home computing. The meme has it that IBM’s CEO believed there was only a market for five computers in the entire world. Gates thought otherwise. Building a better system than any of his rivals and shrewdly working the marketplace, resulted in hundreds of millions hooked on PCs, Windows and Office. This is a man that knows a thing or two about systems and a lot about what it takes to satisfy the market.

For almost a century, electricity generation and distribution were treated as a tightly integrated system: it was designed and built as one, and is meant to operate as designed. However, the chaotic delivery of wind…

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  1. A C Osborn says:

    Unfortunately Governments do not listen to Sensible People, no matter what their “standing” in society.
    They only listen to the UN & NGOs.

  2. Jim says:

    Actually, he is half right, solar and wind have a place. But storage systems have to be at the end user place, not at the production side. The system is designed wrong.
    Gates was a good manager, he hired the right people and let them design a good alternative to the then current norm. Since he left, they are floundering, for a direction.

  3. Hifast says:

    Clarification: The video (0:44) of the Gates interview includes the quotable quote: “Let’s not JOKE around. You’re multiple orders of magnitude…” (emphasis added).

  4. hunter says:

    Saw this interview.
    He also clearly wants to impose energy poverty on Africans and the rest of the developing world. He wants to impose “family planning” on dark skinned people.
    He refers to the the climate apocalypse quite frequently.
    He is mostly just another imperialist billionaire oligarch.

  5. oldbrew says:

    The whole interview is here: ‘’
    (remove quote marks)

    Various warmist-type assertions/predictions trotted out as if they were facts, but focus is on energy needs.

  6. hunter says:

    My bad. The interview that I watched was on CNN.

  7. tom0mason says:

    Maybe I could finish that line he started –
    ‘Let’s Quit Jerking Around With Renewables & Batteries’ , it’ll ruin MY business!
    For I can not think that he would be very worried about anything else.

  8. oldbrew says:

    Gates is involved in nuclear power.

    A Bill Gates-backed energy company is developing what could be a game-changing nuclear reactor
    Nov. 27, 2018

  9. franktrades says:

    Wind & solar require 24/7 backup from baseload plants (nuclear, coal, oil, gas) fully staffed and ready to go for when the wind doesn’t blow, or blow hard enough (or blows too hard), or when the sun doesn’t shine, like EVERY NIGHT.

  10. Stephen Richards says:

    At least someone has enough nonce to realise that the future for large scale energy production is nuclear.

  11. Paul B says:

    Stick to computers Bill. We have thousands of engineers in the field of energy production that are more qualified than you on this subject.

  12. stpaulchuck says:

    when it comes to this AGW/green scam two of my favorite quotes come to mind:

    “Much of the social history of the Western world, over the past three decades, has been a history of replacing what worked with what sounded good” – Thomas Sowell

    “Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies.” — Groucho Marx

  13. gallopingcamel says:

    That Gates rant was embarrassing…….incoherent. This guy used to make a lot more sense.

    Having too much money can bring on delusions of grandeur

  14. gallopingcamel says:

    Thanks for that link. Gates was supporting the TWR (Traveling Wave Reactor) instead of the LFTR (Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactor) that I used to favor.

    We appear to be converging on MSRs in general rather than the LFTR in particular. Maybe Gates is smarter than I thought. I still think he could make designing nukes fun again.

  15. gallopingcamel says:

    Much of the “Developed World” is subject to “Stupid Government” that offers heroic “Solutions” to imaginary problems like “Climate Change”.

    Our best and brightest will be work on the modern equivalent of the “Quest for the Holy Grail” or the building of the “Great Pyramid at Giza”.

    Posterity will judge us harshly. We should have learned something from history.

  16. Russell Johnson says:

    Gates is making sense for a change. He’s not going back to the stone age with the Green New Deal nutjobs!

  17. oldbrew says:

    Renewables Reality Check: Giant Batteries No Solution to Wind Power’s Chaotic Delivery
    February 20, 2019 by stopthesethings

    A very expensive non-solution to boot.

  18. oldbrew says:

    Bill Gates, Defying The Climate Barons, Tells The Ugly Truth About Renewables
    FEBRUARY 23, 2019

    The bizarro modern counterparts of the Robber Barons might be called the Climate Barons, those billionaires and capitalist foundations that seek to kill the fossil-fuelled industrial age in order to save mankind from manmade environmental catastrophe.

    While America’s Koch brothers are ritually condemned as funding “denialism,” a far more substantial group is supporting NGO thuggery and misinformation, promoting lawsuits and other pressure tactics to euthanize fossil fuels.

    They also seek to hide the huge economic and social costs of the allegedly essential “transition to a low-carbon economy.”

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