Microsoft founder and philanthropist Bill Gates has recently come under fire for his use of a private jet while advocating for climate change solutions. In an interview with Fox Business, Gates clarified that his personal jet use is not part of the problem.
"I'm certainly aware that my flying causes emissions but I offset all my carbon," he said. "So it's not part of the problem."
Gates also noted that he has invested heavily in research and development to reduce emissions from aviation, including electric planes and alternative fuels. He believes these advances will eventually make air travel more sustainable.
The billionaire philanthropist has long been an advocate for fighting climate change, and his new book, How to Avoid a Climate Disaster, outlines a comprehensive plan to reduce global emissions by 2050. He argues that this can be achieved through a combination of technological innovation, policy reform, and investment in green energy sources such as solar and wind power.
Gates' comments on private jet use have sparked debate over the role wealthy individuals should play in combating climate change. While some argue that those with significant resources should lead by example, others believe that their investments in green technology are more important than their personal habits.