Bill Gates justifies his use of private jets while being climate activist, insists he’s ‘not part of the problem’

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“You mentioned having used a private jet. Let me ask you directly: what do you say to the charge that if you campaign against climate change but also fly around the world in a private jet, you’re a hypocrite?” Gates was approached by Amol Rajan, a BBC journalist.

“Well, I buy the gold standard of funding Climeworks, to do direct air capture that far exceeds my family’s carbon footprint,” Gates responded.

Climeworks is a Swiss and German machinery industry company that developed direct air capture technology to remove carbon dioxide.

Direct air capture, according to the International Energy Agency, is “not an alternative to cutting emissions” because it “is more energy intensive and thus more expensive than capturing it from a point source.”

Gates added in the interview, “And I invest billions of dollars in climate change research. So, should I stay at home instead of going to Kenya to learn about farming and malaria?”

“I’m comfortable with the idea that, not only am I not part of the problem by paying for offsets, but that I’m also part of the solution through the billions that my Breakthrough Energy Group is spending,” Gates said, referring to his energy company focused on developing technology to achieve net-zero emissions.

The Microsoft co-founder shifted responsibility for climate change to “rich countries.”

“What the rich countries owe to the rest of the world is to get their emissions down to zero as soon as possible,” Gates said. “But that’s not enough because, you know, they have so… many resources.”

According to the Daily Wire, Stefan Gössling, a Linnaeus University economics professor, published a study revealing that Gates traveled more than 213,000 miles on 59 private jet flights in 2017. Total carbon emissions from the trips were 109 times higher than per capita emissions in the United States.

According to Skyluxe Aviation, Gates owned four private jets worth approximately $194 million in 2021.

Gates previously admitted in his book “How to Avoid a Climate Disaster,” which will be published in 2021, that he is a “imperfect climate change messenger” due to his preference for private jet travel.