‘We Can Save Earth’: Amazon’s Jeff Bezos Announces $10-Billion Climate Action Plan

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Chris White Tech Reporter

February 17, 2020 3:54 PM ET

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced Monday a $10-billion plan to tackle what he says is the most important threat facing human beings: man-made global warming.

Bezos is pressing forward with what he dubbed the Bezos Earth Fund, an initiative he hopes will spur investments to find climate solutions. His statement came as Amazon workers continue to threaten a mass walkout over the company’s supposed lack of climate action.

“Climate change is the biggest threat to our planet,” the billionaire wrote in a statement. “We can save Earth. It’s going to take collective action from big companies, small companies, nation states, global organizations, and individuals.”

Bezos noted that he is providing a $10-billion infusion of cash to kick off the initiative.

“Earth is the one thing we all have in common — let’s protect it together,” he added. (RELATED: Amazon Has Spent Nearly $1.5 Million On Seattle’s City Council Races In 2019)

Amazon employees created a group called Employees for Climate Justice, which published a statement in January updating its plans to allow company employees to speak to the press in September.

More than 1,000 employees walked off their jobs in September 2019 in support of a national march calling on Bezos to do more on global warming.

“Now is a time when we need to have communications policies that let us speak honestly about our company’s role in the climate crisis,” Karen Costa, a user experience principal designer at Amazon, said in a statement in January.

Bezos’s worth fell to $111.4 billion in 2019 after he divorced his wife in April of that year, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. He lost more money than any other human on the planet that year. He was worth roughly $150 billion before the split.

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markl
February 18, 2020 2:05 pm

Either massively arrogant thinking he can “save the world” with his money, scared that if he didn’t do some drastic virtue signaling he’d lose employee respect, or both.

Scissor
Reply to  markl
February 18, 2020 2:11 pm

He’s likely trying to buy some sympathy. Why not? He’ll still be worth over a hundred billion.

Samuel C Cogar
Reply to  Scissor
February 19, 2020 3:54 am

Bezos noted that he is providing a $10-billion infusion of cash to kick off the initiative.

“YUP”, …… and that $10-billion infusion of cash, is, in actuality, ….. a $10-billion donation to a worthy cause, …….. and thus a direct deduction from his “net revenue” earnings.

Iffen you don’t donate it to a worthy cause, ……. you have to give it to the tax collector.

Samuel C Cogar
Reply to  Samuel C Cogar
February 19, 2020 11:28 am

“HA”, ………was just thinking, ……. maybe Jeff Bezos donation of $10-billion to “fight climate change” ……. was little more than a “GOTCHA” meant to embarrass Michael Bloomberg for his cheapskate $30-million donation to “fight climate change” by shutting down “coal fired” electrical generating plants and putting coal miners out of work.

Vote Bloomberg for POTUS, …… he will increase your utility costs, levy a carbon tax on you, take away your guns, teach you how to plant corn ……. and make it illegal to purchase a “big gulp” soft drink.

Nylo
Reply to  Scissor
February 19, 2020 9:54 am

So, what is he doing for planet Earth with the other 90 billion?

commieBob
Reply to  markl
February 18, 2020 2:20 pm

Thanks to fracking and President Trump, jobs are relatively plentiful. Amazon has to compete in the market. If Amazon fired a bunch of people for speaking out about climate change, it would have to replace those people. That might be harder if Amazon were known as an unreliable employer. Bezos probably made a reasonable business decision.

Economics has always been about supply and demand. My favorite example is that after the plague and the resulting reduced supply of labor, peasants were treated fairly well. link

Greg
Reply to  commieBob
February 18, 2020 6:37 pm

There’s still plenty of unemployment.

What is unclear is the reality of this so-called “walk out”. The link in this article goes ABCnews article which does not report it but just links to another ABCnews article which was written the day before and reports people had “vowed” to “walk out” to follow one of the Friday for the Climate gigs.

NO ONE is “walking out” as in refusing to work, that’s just media BS. They are just taking a day’s unpaid leave/annual holiday to go on a demo. I doubt that had Bezos quaking in his boots.

He’s getting to the age where most capitalist moguls decide to get into philanthropy.

Just a shame he couldn’t find something useful to put his money into, rather than wasting it on a NON problem.

Curious George
Reply to  markl
February 18, 2020 3:34 pm

I applaud him. To find new energy sources, or to make nuclear politically acceptable, may need a lot of money.

Reply to  markl
February 18, 2020 5:05 pm

An Open Letter to Jeff Bezos:

Hi Jeff,

You say you are funding a “$10-billion plan to tackle the most important threat facing human beings: man-made global warming.”

First, let me save you a lot of money – US$10 billion to be exact – THERE IS NO DANGEROUS MAN-MADE GLOBAL WARMING CRISIS!

My standard fee for deals of this size is 0.5% – see my website.

It is trivially easy to disprove the CAGW hypothesis Jeff. My recent paper does so ~25 times – I can add a few more if you like, but as Albert Einstein famously stated “One would be enough”.

THE CATASTROPHIC ANTHROPOGENIC GLOBAL WARMING (CAGW) AND THE HUMANMADE CLIMATE CHANGE CRISES ARE PROVED FALSE
By Allan M.R. MacRae, B.A.Sc.(Eng.), M.Eng., January 10, 2020
https://thsresearch.files.wordpress.com/2020/01/the-catastrophic-anthropogenic-global-warming-cagw-and-the-humanmade-climate-change-crises-are-proved-false.pdf

There never was a credible CAGW/wilder weather crisis Jeff – it was always a false crisis, manufactured by wolves to stampede the sheep.

You don’t want to be associated with these people Jeff – they will ruin your reputation – permanently. You should throw in another 0.5% just for saving your reputation – please do so.

To understand the people you will be associated with, read their actual words, below:

“The common enemy of humanity is man. In searching for a new enemy to unite us, we came up with the idea that pollution, the threat of global warming, water shortages, famine and the like would fit the bill. All these dangers are caused by human intervention, and it is only through changed attitudes and behavior that they can be overcome. The real enemy then, is humanity itself.”
– Club of Rome, premier environmental think-tank, consultants to the United Nations

“We need to get some broad based support, to capture the public’s imagination… So we have to offer up scary scenarios, make simplified, dramatic statements and make little mention of any doubts… Each of us has to decide what the right balance is between being effective and being honest.”
– Prof. Stephen Schneider, Stanford Professor of Climatology, lead author of many IPCC reports

“Isn’t the only hope for the planet that the industrialized civilizations collapse? Isn’t it our responsibility to bring that about?”
– Maurice Strong, founder of the UN Environment Programme

“The extinction of the human species may not only be inevitable but a good thing.”
– Christopher Manes, Earth First!

“A massive campaign must be launched to de-develop the United States. De-development means bringing our economic system into line with the realities of ecology and the world resource situation.”
– Paul Ehrlich, Professor of Population Studies

“One American burdens the earth much more than twenty Bangladeshes. This is a terrible thing to say. In order to stabilize world population, we must eliminate 350,000 people per day. It is a horrible thing to say, but it’s just as bad not to say it.”
– Jacques Cousteau, UNESCO Courier

“No matter if the science of global warming is all phony… climate change provides the greatest opportunity to bring about justice and equality in the world.”
– Christine Stewart, former Canadian Minister of the Environment

“I suspect that eradicating small pox was wrong. It played an important part in balancing ecosystems.”
– John Davis, editor of Earth First! Journal

“We’ve got to ride this global warming issue. Even if the theory of global warming is wrong, we will be doing the right thing in terms of economic and environmental policy.”
– Timothy Wirth, President of the UN Foundation

“The extinction of Homo Sapiens would mean survival or millions, if not billions, of Earth-dwelling species. Phasing out the human race will solve every problem on Earth – social and environmental.”
– Ingrid Newkirk, former President of PETA

“The goal now is a socialist, redistributionist society, which is nature’s proper steward and society’s only hope.”
– David Brower, first Executive Director of the Sierra Club, founder of Friends of the Earth

The above quotes were excerpted from
HYPOTHESIS: RADICAL GREENS ARE THE GREAT KILLERS OF OUR AGE
By Allan M.R. MacRae, B.A.Sc., M.Eng., April 14, 2019
https://wattsupwiththat.com/2019/04/14/hypothesis-radical-greens-are-the-great-killers-of-our-age/
[excerpt]

9. Conclusion
The evidence strongly supports my hypothesis that “Radical Greens are the Great Killers of Our Age”.
The number of deaths and shattered lives caused by radical-green activism since ~1970 rivals the death tolls of the great killers of the 20th Century – Stalin, Hitler and Mao – they advocate similar extreme-left totalitarian policies and are indifferent to the resulting environmental damage and human suffering.
__________________________

Seriously Jeff, you do NOT want to be associated with these people.

Your real friends tell you the truth, even when you don’t want to hear it. Listen hard before you drink the Kool-Aid.

Regards, Allan MacRae 🙂
Calgary

Sam Capricci
Reply to  ALLAN MACRAE
February 18, 2020 5:41 pm

Well written and double plus good. 😉

And while you are in touch with Jeffie, tell him to send a million my way and I’ll work from home. (Oh, BTW, I already do while taking care of my wife but why shouldn’t I make money from it.)

Greg
Reply to  ALLAN MACRAE
February 18, 2020 6:10 pm

Thanks for that list of quotations. I know most of them but it’s good to have them all listed in one place like that.

Reply to  Greg
February 18, 2020 6:47 pm

There are more Greg.

See http://green-agenda.com/

chaswarnertoo
Reply to  ALLAN MACRAE
February 19, 2020 6:01 am

Also Stallinga 2020.

Reply to  ALLAN MACRAE
February 20, 2020 5:20 am

Thank you chaswarnertoo.

Comprehensive Analytical Study of the Greenhouse Effect of the Atmosphere
Peter Stallinga
University of the Algarve, FCT-DEEI, Faro, Portugal
Atmospheric and Climate Sciences, 2020, 10, 40-80
https://www.scirp.org/pdf/acs_2020011611163731.pdf

https://notrickszone.com/2020/02/13/physics-professor-co2s-0-5c-impact-after-rising-to-700-ppm-is-so-negligible-its-effectively-unmeasurable/

Dr. Peter Stallinga has published a comprehensive analysis of the Earth’s greenhouse effect. He finds an inconsequential role for CO2.

Doubling CO2 from 350 to 700 ppm yields a warming of less than 0.5°C (500 mK).
_______________________

My numerical assessment of climate sensitivity is also very low.

This post is from 2013:

“If climate sensitivity even exists, it is clearly very small, much less than 1C /(2 x CO2) …”

https://wattsupwiththat.com/2013/12/14/exposed-david-rose-rips-uk-climate-change-committee-for-being-on-the-take/#comment-1153176

Let’s see if this story of global warmist / green energy corruption is indeed true. It does seem plausible.

Consider this:

When people start shouting that “the science is settled”, you just KNOW you are being scammed.

Realistically, I suggest that nobody of even average intelligence is THAT stupid.

Regarding the impact of increasing CO2 on global warming:

If climate sensitivity even exists, it is clearly very small, much less than 1C / (2 x CO2) …

… but CO2 LAGS Temperature (in time) at ALL measured time scales …

Hypothesis:
Based on the preponderance of evidence, temperature drives CO2 much more than CO2 drives temperature, so climate sensitivity may not exist at all at the “macro” scale, and may be utterly irrelevant to climate science except at the “micro” (and materially insignificant) scale.

There may be other significant sources of CO2 that contribute to its increase in the atmosphere, but increasing CO2 just does not have a significant or measureable impact on global warming, which is almost entirely natural in origin.

I therefore suggest that the oft-fractious “mainstream debate” between warmists and skeptics about the magnitude of Climate Sensitivity is materially irrelevant. Climate sensitivity to CO2, if it exists at all, is so small that it just does not matter.

Wait 5 to 10 more years – I suggest that by then most serious climate scientists will accept the above hypo. Many will claim they knew it all along…

Regards, Allan

Redge
Reply to  ALLAN MACRAE
February 19, 2020 12:23 am

Whilst applauding your initiative and without wishing to sound critical, Allan, I wouldn’t have mentioned a fee.

In my mind, Bozo would dismiss your letter on the basis that you are just trying to get money out of him.

I think had you said my normal fee is 0.5%, but you were willing to donate the fee to providing clean water and sanitation to the world’s poor (a real problem, Bozo may have taken it seriously.

JMHO

Rainer Bensch
Reply to  Redge
February 19, 2020 3:35 am

No, Bozo will treat the fee as good business and the donation as rather dumb.

Reply to  Redge
February 19, 2020 5:53 am

Hi Redge – just an observation – not a complaint:

In my considerable business experience on six continents, people do not appreciate services that they don’t pay for. There are many “takers” in society who, if they receive a free service, even one of considerable value, will not even thank you for it and will often try to take personal credit for the beneficial result.

Two examples are included in the above paper at
https://wattsupwiththat.com/2019/04/14/hypothesis-radical-greens-are-the-great-killers-of-our-age/

Two of my several accomplishments that resulted in the APEGA Centennial Award were:

1. Innovations, by myself or with colleagues, which created 500,000 jobs, caused $250 billion in capital investment in Alberta and made Canada the fifth-largest oil producer in the world;

2. Taking decisive actions that incurred significant personal risks when staff at the Mazeppa sour gas project were afraid to act, which may have saved up to 300,000 lives in Calgary.

In the first instance there were many marginally involved people who took personal credit for this achievement, from businessmen to politicians. To put this achievement into perspective, Canada is one-tenth the size of the USA – for the USA this would be equivalent to $2.5 trillion in new investment and 3 million new jobs.

In the second instance, the Alberta Energy Regulator tried to allege to the media that they were on top of this extremely dangerous situation – they were not, not even close. I learned later that some of the sour gas pipelines were already perforated due to internal corrosion, and were leaking small quantities of 40% H2S into the atmosphere. We came close to a catastrophe that could have killed up to 300.000 people – about 25%% of the population of the City of Calgary. To my recollection, only two people have verbally thanked me for this act, which involved considerable personal risk for me and my family. I had to take safety precautions for myself and my children because of the risk of retaliation from the foreign thugs who owned the Mazeppa project.

I like to take a different approach. When I was in Luxor Egypt, I left an expensive camera on a bench, and a peddler who was talking with me picked it up, ran after our car shouting, and gave it so me. I gave the man about a year’s local wages. I remember asking him if he had children, and he said he did. I said to him “This is for your children. Please tell them that their father is an honest man.”

Regards, Allan

Reply to  ALLAN MACRAE
February 19, 2020 11:17 am

Correction of typo:
“for the USA this would be equivalent to $2.5 trillion in new investment and % million new jobs.”

Reply to  ALLAN MACRAE
February 19, 2020 3:20 pm

Correction of correction:
“for the USA this would be equivalent to $2.5 trillion in new investment and 5 million new jobs.”

Reply to  ALLAN MACRAE
February 19, 2020 8:25 pm

Yet another correction – I must never again write before coffee:

“We came close to a catastrophe that could have killed up to 300,000 people.”

beng135
Reply to  markl
February 19, 2020 7:08 am

I agree, markl. Save the friggin earth??? If someone is inclined to save things, start with yourself and your family, then work up to include friends and neighbors, then perhaps help your town. But “saving the world” is ridiculous-scale delusions of grandeur.

David A
Reply to  beng135
February 19, 2020 5:51 pm

Before he saves the Earth, he should have saved his own family. ( Bad boy Jeff, bad boy )

John Tillman
February 18, 2020 2:06 pm

Jeff should have found over 1000 new employees and devoted ten billion bucks to a real cause, such as private schools, rather than a fake crisis like “climate change”.

Sheri
Reply to  John Tillman
February 18, 2020 3:20 pm

Maybe just pay his employees really well, which reportedly he does not do. His choice of “causes” is just virtue signaling and shows he care NOTHING about humanity. If he did, he’d invest in making life better for the poor in the world, not trying to keep them starving and miserable. I find him to ba rather deplorable being…..

DonM
Reply to  John Tillman
February 18, 2020 6:12 pm

10 BILLION … 1000 employees … $10,000,000 per whining employee.

He should have found 25,000 good employees that didn’t walk out, and gave them each a $20,000 bonus, and told them why. Then created a 10 Billion dollar fund & promised to do the same thing next year and the year after and the year after ….

Every single piece of shit employee that walked out would be embarrassed thanked by 25 of their co-workers.

MarkW
Reply to  John Tillman
February 18, 2020 7:34 pm

If he’s really that concerned about CO2, use the $10B to buy LED bulbs to give away for free.

Mr.
February 18, 2020 2:19 pm

The UN is writing to Jeff as we speak, warning him about what will happen if he starts a turf war with them over AGW.

And everyone know what happens when you upset the UN –
they will write you a letter telling you how ANGRY they are.

Remember what happened to Hans Brix –

Bryan A
February 18, 2020 2:20 pm

And BOZOS caves in

Erny72
February 18, 2020 2:20 pm

‘…Bezos is pressing forward with what he dubbed the Bezos Earth Fund, an initiative he hopes will spur investments to find climate solutions. His statement came as Amazon workers continue to threaten a mass walkout over the company’s supposed lack of climate action.
“Climate change is the biggest threat to our planet…We can save Earth. It’s going to take collective action from big companies, small companies, nation states, global organizations, and individuals…’

Which might be lauded as enlightened altruism by the sort of dedicated non-thinker who reads the Grauniad or LA Times. Translated with the aid of Captain Subtext’s ‘Truth Filter’ it becomes obvious that Bozos is caving to his own employee’s mob mentality and more likely expects untold billions to start rolling in from similarly whipped ‘big companies, small companies, nation states, global organizations and useful idio…individuals’ all wishing to be seen to be woke and saving Earth from gullible warming. No doubt the fund will extort, ahem, levy aministrative costs on donors, so in addition to some greenwashing for Amazon, Bozos should be able to skim off enough to recover those billions he lost in his divorce.
None of these billionaires claiming to want to save the earth got filthy rich by losing money on purpose, and in deference to the ‘get woke, go broke’ axiom of business, you know it’s their woke patrons who will be going broke.

John Robertson
February 18, 2020 2:23 pm

What do you bet this is 100% tax deductible?

Walter Sobchak
Reply to  John Robertson
February 18, 2020 3:29 pm

Not a tough bet. He sold a ton of stock recently and he needs the deductions.

LdB
Reply to  Walter Sobchak
February 19, 2020 5:19 am

He had to payout the ex.

Bruce of Newcastle
February 18, 2020 2:28 pm

He’d be better off spending it on his rocket launch business so that virtuous likeminded people like himself could escape the awful place that America has become. He could call it the Blue Ark.

(I’m sure that name could be shortened to B Ark if character limits are a problem.)

Rob_Dawg
Reply to  Bruce of Newcastle
February 18, 2020 5:16 pm

Standard Golgafrincham nomenclature would call that Ark B.

Michael S. Kelly
Reply to  Bruce of Newcastle
February 19, 2020 5:16 pm

Blue Origin’s long range vision was to move industry off of Earth into O’Neill habitats, gigantic space stations that were self-supporting and, in Bezos’ vision, economic boom towns. Solar energy would power them on a 24/7/365 basis, and raw materials would come from elsewhere in the solar system. Industry would no longer pollute the Earth, and the planet would heal, becoming a garden spot for those who chose to live there.

I met Bezos at a little commercial space event in DC a couple of years ago. At the time, I was Chief Engineer at FAA/AST, the FAA office that licenses commercial space launch and “reentry.” I’ve been in the commercial space launch field for most of my career, and was singularly impressed with Bezos’ grasp of how it had to work in order to be a viable industry. I don’t know anyone else in the industry who gets it the way he does.

Based on some personnel shifts I know about, and the general slow pace of Blue’s New Shepard program, I wonder whether he has de-emphasized this approach to planet-saving in favor of emphasis on terrestrial projects. It would be much easier than building several other Earths out in space.

My wife has simpler theory that is probably closer to the truth: he’s trying to impress a girl.

February 18, 2020 2:32 pm

Brazil’s Senate is considering a bill to ban sales of “oil” powered cars in 2030 and driving them in 2040. It just passed their “environment committee.”

https://www12.senado.leg.br/noticias/audios/2020/02/ccj-aprova-proibicao-de-carros-a-gasolina-e-diesel-a-partir-de-2040

https://www25.senado.leg.br/web/atividade/materias/-/materia/130612

There appears to be no consideration of funding the enormous amount of charging stations, grid rebuilding and new generation capacity required.

michael hart
Reply to  David Wojick
February 18, 2020 2:48 pm

They are behaving similarly in the UK.

I can’t speak for Brazil, but here I’m sure it will have the convenient effect of putting personal transport beyond the financial reach of the average citizen again. This will be convenient for the wealthier, planet-saving classes, so they can once more enjoy their own motoring without the inconvenience of being obstructed by the hoi polloi.

markl
Reply to  David Wojick
February 18, 2020 4:11 pm

They are probably thinking ethanol powered because they are already doing it but how will they provide the power to grow, transport, and convert that much corn to fuel?

Jean Parisot
Reply to  markl
February 18, 2020 4:20 pm

Sugar cane, and it’s processing is a mess

Not Chicken Little
February 18, 2020 2:34 pm

I thought all these zillionaires were supposed to be smart! Boy am I disappointed.

Maybe I can tap them all for just a few measly million, not billion, to Stop Continental Drift? I can whip up a really great PowerPoint presentation in just a few, for that alone they could pay me, I mean, donate to the worthy cause to Save Humanity, say, $200K or so, that’s in line with what our politicians get for a speech about something or other…now, to actually DO something about continental Drift, that’ll be a few more millions…

David Blenkinsop
Reply to  Not Chicken Little
February 18, 2020 5:06 pm

Do you know where your continent is going to be in 200 million years? Stop Continental Drift Now!

beng135
Reply to  David Blenkinsop
February 19, 2020 8:24 am

While we’re at it, stop the sun from increasing its core-temp so it doesn’t go red-giant & cook us in a couple billion yrs. And maybe the universal increase in entropy (disorder) can be halted too.

Redge
Reply to  Not Chicken Little
February 19, 2020 12:32 am

I sometimes think about so-called “tipping points” in the “fight” against climate change (one we can’t win let alone take part in). We keep being told we are reaching tipping points.

As we all know, the continents are forever moving.

What if, for example, the movement of India pushing up the Himalayas really is causing a natural tipping point and changing circulation patterns, which has a butterfly effect?

I don’t know, anybody have any ideas?

Johann Wundersamer
Reply to  Redge
March 2, 2020 12:15 am

“As we all know, the continents are forever moving.

What if, for example, the movement of India pushing up the Himalayas really is causing a natural tipping point and changing circulation patterns, which has a butterfly effect?

I don’t know, anybody have any ideas?”

____________________________________

Redge, could be China sinks under Himalayan pressure and weight.

The meltwaters of the glaciers above that natural pan evaporates leaving the contemporary China a salt desert – no problems with tipping points, the new equilibrium will be: salt deserts.

Svend Ferdinandsen
February 18, 2020 2:35 pm

It is so much easier to save something that don´t need to be saved.

Mike
February 18, 2020 2:37 pm

The $10b will vanish into the ether never to be seen or heard from again and the climate will carry on as it always has.

Editor
February 18, 2020 2:38 pm

“We can save Earth…” Bevos says.

The Earth doesn’t need saving, but its inhabitants need to be saved from eco-loonies.

Regards,
Bob

Joel O'Bryan
Reply to  Bob Tisdale
February 18, 2020 3:25 pm

Bevo:
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He’s all bull.

RelPerm
Reply to  Joel O'Bryan
February 18, 2020 7:25 pm

Bevo will be the first to go due to flatulence.

$10bln pile of steaks, yum yum yum!

Beachbum
February 18, 2020 2:47 pm

Is buying something online (Amazon) and having it packaged in cardboard, plastic, and styrofoam, have a smaller footprint on the environment than shopping and buying the same thing locally?

shortus cynicus
Reply to  Beachbum
February 18, 2020 11:37 pm

Paradoxically it does because individual customers don’t ned to drive to a store.

It’s even economicaly viable: in my location, it is equally expensive to pay shipment as use public transportation in both directions.

Buing online can also mean buing locally, it’s only a matter of transportation.

ResourceGuy
February 18, 2020 2:53 pm

We can save our tax return too!

Wade
February 18, 2020 2:55 pm

$10,000,000,000 to fight “global warming”
$0 for better working conditions for the employees

Something is wrong there.

Greg
Reply to  Wade
February 18, 2020 6:18 pm

Hey, he gave the dumb fkx what they asked for didn’t he? They should have asked for a pay rise.

Greg Cavanagh
Reply to  Greg
February 18, 2020 9:13 pm

There is so much truth in this observation.

Troe
February 18, 2020 2:56 pm

Guess he’s to busy to educate himself on this issue. Anyway he can afford to buy a little virtue

Gunga Din
February 18, 2020 2:56 pm

If Bezos wants to give spend his own 10 billion on Teslas or whatever, his privilege. (Maybe convert his private jets to solar power?) It’s his money.
Just don’t spend it to lobby the Government to force/influence the taxpayer to supply the $10 billion or even one thin dime of their own money.

eddie willers
February 18, 2020 2:59 pm

I’m with Scott Adams. Unless the thrust is nuclear power plants, it’s just “blah, blah, blah”.

ResourceGuy
February 18, 2020 2:59 pm

Buy stuff on my marketplace but it’s not my fault if it does not work and can’t be returned across the world’s largest ocean because it’s not my problem and don’t blame me when the contract delivery truck does damage to your property because it’s not my problem. And don’t blame me if counterfeit goods are sold on the marketplace because it’s not my problem. My tax problem has now been solved at the expense of other real problems and solutions but that’s also not my problem.

Kamikazedave
February 18, 2020 3:00 pm

Has any woke person thought to ask Beezus what the climate will be like once he pisses away all his billions?

Joel O'Bryan
Reply to  Kamikazedave
February 18, 2020 3:22 pm

$10 billion to guy worth at least $131 Billion and climbing is easy, especially when he can write it off his taxes and it is spread out over years to decades.

Bezos was estimated to be worth $131 Billion last August , and that was after he agreed to his Ex wife MacKenzie getting a reported $40-50 billion in their divorce settlement last year. That took his personal net worth down then from $157 Billion down to ~$110 Billion. But since then Amazon’s stock price rise has pushed him back above $131 Billion.

So $20+ Billion rise in 6 months shows how little $10 Billion, money that will be spread out over years and tax deductible, means nothing to someone with that kind of money.
Importantly for him, it buys him virtue points with the Left.

Joel O'Bryan
Reply to  Joel O'Bryan
February 18, 2020 3:33 pm

Bezos’ current net worth according to Forbes is $131 Billion.
A $20 Billion rise in 6 months.
Puts the $10 Billion for buying-off his econutter employees into shutting up and gets him virtue points — a worthwhile investment.

https://www.forbes.com/profile/jeff-bezos

Joel O'Bryan
February 18, 2020 3:13 pm

The line of rent-seekers queued up for a piece of that much money will stretch to Moon and back.

Latitude
February 18, 2020 3:14 pm

…now I’m pretty sure it was his wife that divorced him

This and dating the Ken Doll sealed it…….

damp
February 18, 2020 3:17 pm

Why didn’t he call it the Bezos Anthropogenic Remediation Fund?

LdB
Reply to  damp
February 19, 2020 5:20 am

BARF?

Michael in Dublin
February 18, 2020 3:34 pm

Bezos could not even save his own marriage but wants to preach to everyone about saving the world? 🙁

Greg Cavanagh
Reply to  Michael in Dublin
February 18, 2020 9:16 pm

Some things are worth fighting for?

(<……exit stage left)

Earthling2
February 18, 2020 3:57 pm

Well, I am just buying a new laptop, and I can get it at Staples for the same price, and take it with me out the store after I pay for it. Or I can order it to pick up at the store and not worry about it getting stolen off my front steps after it is delivered. I think I am going to be dialing back my purchases from Amazon in the future. I am not supporting anyone who supports this extortion and racketeering called global heating which is causing an imaginary climate emergency.

Earthling2
Reply to  Earthling2
February 18, 2020 8:32 pm

Update…I just went to Staples and got the laptop I wanted. Yesterday, I was just about to order it though Amazon until I heard Bozo is going to waste my hard earned monies I have been sending him over the years. Maybe if enough people like me follow suit, we will reduce his profitability by $10 Bil, just so he realizes there is two sides to the climate charade. I just lost a lot of respect for him with this idiocy. It would have better spent on his rocketry.

PaulH
February 18, 2020 4:05 pm

That’s another $10B to be fed to the Green Blob.

February 18, 2020 4:05 pm

If he spends it on Gen IV nuclear, it will be money well spent. Otherwise, simple more wet stuff into the wind. Cheers –

Jeff Labute
Reply to  agimarc
February 21, 2020 8:26 am

That’s what I thought too. Gen IV being economically superior, Bezos could perhaps build 3 of them and maybe close a few coal stations along the way. Then he’d be a hero.
Worst case, he’ll give the money away to enemies of real science.

H.R.
February 18, 2020 4:22 pm

Bezos can save the Earth for $10 billion?

Great! Write the check, save the Earth, and then we can all move on to something else.

Everyone is tired of Climate this and Climate that. About time somebody fixed it, and it only takes $10 billion. Who knew?

john
February 18, 2020 4:28 pm

Just have a small question…

Why did this idiot get a pardon?

Trump-ron

https://milkeninstitute.org/videos/if-we-do-nothing-earths-climate-tipping-point

Someone just lost a LOT of votes and anither term. The Cohen fellow (enron) who is an advisor seals the deal.

John Bell
February 18, 2020 4:41 pm

Let us all keep track of what it funds, cannon fodder for us.

Chazz
February 18, 2020 5:12 pm

Is 10 billion enough to halt the precession of the earth’s spin axis? Was Jeff’s purchase last week of a 126 million estate for his girlfriend a part of his fight against climate change ?

Larry Hamlin
February 18, 2020 5:33 pm

Ten billion dollars is chump change compared to the multi-trillion dollars that have already been wasted on renewable energy schemes that have had negligible impact on global energy use and contributed insignificant reductions in emissions that are completely overwhelmed by increased fossil energy use. This commitment is pure politics and meaningless in impact.

Joel O'Bryan
Reply to  Larry Hamlin
February 18, 2020 9:22 pm

To these GreenSlime billionaires and funds like CalPERS heavily invested in the solar and wind scam, the billion$ on the propaganda campaigns … it’s just a marketing/advertisement cost towards the Trillion$ they hope to reap.

They know to make a thousand bucks, you gotta spend a buck. Now multiply that by 10^9, and you have your climate scam, along with all the rent seekers it brings as teet-suckers and shoe-shine boys.

February 18, 2020 5:48 pm

We should welcome Bezos’ money to finance all the global climate doomsayers and thus save the U.S. Gov’t all of the funds it now wastes on “climate research.” Thanks, Jeff

RelPerm
February 18, 2020 6:06 pm

How’s the funding for the Paris Climate Accord going? Didn’t UN have a $10bln start up goal ramping up to $100bln/yr starting in 2020. I suspect pledging countries are woefully short on their payments.

Jeff, if you really want to waste your $10bln quickly, just donate it to this UN Green Energy Fund that is already set up to spend big buck$ and save the Earth from Climate Change.

February 18, 2020 6:06 pm
Ill Tempered Klavier
February 18, 2020 6:07 pm

“Save the planet!?!?!? The planet doesn’t need saving. Some people are (beep), but the planet’s doing just fine.” George Carlin ( A wise man. Pay close attention to what he had to say.)

Ian Coleman
February 18, 2020 6:32 pm

The year my father turned 20, Canada entered World War II. World War II was actually pretty bad, as global disasters go, as at least 60 million people (many of them quite good-looking) died in it. But now, apparently, WW II can be judged as a minor catastrophe in comparison to Climate Change which, if the predictions of the scientists are correct, will result in the climate of Edmonton in 2050 becoming as bad the climate in Lethbridge today. Oh, the horror.

Tom Abbott
February 18, 2020 6:53 pm

Bezos should spend that $10 billion building an O’Neill Habitat in orbit. Then he will have a whole new world he can play with. He can adjust the temperature to any level he likes.

RickWill
February 18, 2020 6:58 pm

Out of left field – If Mr Bezos happens to be following this thread! Do I have a proposal for you! I have developed an innovative surface profile that can reduce skin friction by 40%. This is a development on the type of surfaces that were banned in yacht racing for the unfair advantage but offer much greater reduction in skin friction than 3M achieved.

This new surface profile would save 40% on all transport costs in fluid domains – air and water and up to 30% in road transport.

The concept evolved from adaptive surfaces often seen in nature but never exploited in modern transport apart from briefly in yacht racing.

At this stage the surfaces have been modelled and perfected at laboratory and workshop level. $10M would enable the surfaces to be further developed and prototyped for ships, aircraft and road vehicles. $100M would enable proofing of production processes for creating these surface on all transport vehicles. $2.5bn would enable factories to be constructed to manufacture the new surface on an OEM basis as well as supplying proprietary tooling to vehicle manufacturers.

The surfaces are also applicable to the blades of wind turbines and would increase efficiency such that output would be better than 98% of the Betz limit.

Rod Evans
Reply to  RickWill
February 18, 2020 11:18 pm

Hey RickWill, when Jeff has advanced you the money and is looking for another great investment option that will, “save the world”, he can come and help me with my Thorium fuel cell. It is a simple idea but proving a touch tricky, controlling the uranium triggers. I also have a bridge he might be interested in.
He seems like a generous sort of guy…

Dr Deanster
February 18, 2020 7:39 pm

Anne ol Bezos should read the next article here about recycling! Think his billions would be better suited to preventing us soiling the place than causing a few tenths of a degree warming.

Joel O'Bryan
Reply to  Dr Deanster
February 18, 2020 9:33 pm

His Amazon box airpacks//bubble wraps in the many millions of boxes/packages/bubble envelopes that go out of Amazon’s warehouses everyday shows where his eco-sense lies. There’s is nothing he can do about it without shutting down his whole operation, just like the gas and diesel his fleet of delivery big rig and local trucks consumes everyday.

John Hardy
February 18, 2020 11:48 pm

Amazon delivered a package yesterday containing two small tubes of ointment. The box they were packed in was about the size of a lunch box and almost the whole volume was packed out with a kind of bubble wrap with huge bubbles. It was delvered using a diesel van (I don’t mind the CO2, but I don’t like diesel fumes).

A good place to start.

chaswarnertoo
Reply to  John Hardy
February 19, 2020 6:14 am

Was there something wrong with the engine? Modern (adblue) diesels don’t do ‘fumes’.

Redge
February 19, 2020 12:42 am

“Climate change is the biggest threat to our planet,”

Try telling that to the 485000 people who die each year due to diarrhoeal disease, the 785 million people who lack even a basic drinking-water service and the 2 billion people who use a drinking water source contaminated with faeces.

Source

LdB
Reply to  Redge
February 19, 2020 5:28 am

Facts have no place in a Climate Science ™ argument you need to model it or get Nick to define the terms.

You could add wars and conflicts to you numbers but that wont’ change the belief that more imaginary people are modeled and defined as harmed by climate science than any of your real facts.

chaswarnertoo
Reply to  Redge
February 19, 2020 6:15 am

Too many people, anyway. They’ll just breed more dependents.

Tom Abbott
February 19, 2020 4:43 am

Bezos could figure out what his company uses in electrical power everyday, and then build enough nuclear power generation to equal his company’s electrical usage, and then I think he could legitimately claim that he has offset all of his company’s fossil fuel use.

Jeff Id
February 19, 2020 5:59 am

10 billion because he won’t read a graph.

Bezos is certainly a genius!!

Sheri
February 19, 2020 6:10 am

Money cures everything. Climate change especially. We just have not thrown enough money at it yet to stop the climate change. Keep sending checks. When the climate stops tossing hurricanes, floods, heat waves and melting summer ice in the arctic regions, you’ll know we have enough cash.

ColMosby
February 19, 2020 6:12 am

Bill Gates is actually doing something of great value – he has been financing Thorium molten salt small nuclear reactors for years. Unfortunately, he has not publicized the value of this revolutionary technnology very well. If Bezos knew squat about energy technology he would be doing the same.

chaswarnertoo
Reply to  ColMosby
February 19, 2020 6:16 am

Gates is quite bright.

DocSiders
February 19, 2020 7:45 am

$10 Billion invested in Gen 4 Nuclear could be productive in lowering future energy costs.

Bezos is an “Off Worlder” whack job, so that $10 Billion will just enrich our country’s enemies…and give credence to the Climate Fraud Crime Syndicate.

Paul Penrose
February 19, 2020 9:59 am

So, CAGW is an existential threat to human-kind, yet he can only afford to spend ~7.5% of his net worth to prevent it? How much you want to bet that his accountants told him he wouldn’t be able to deduct more than $10B. As many have already commented, most (all?) of it will be wasted anyways. Don’t fool yourself; he’s just buying indulgences. Big indulgences to be sure, but then he has a massively wasteful lifestyle he needs to “atone” for.

TomRude
February 19, 2020 10:04 am

He is simply buying an insurance from the green mob.

Steve Safigan
February 19, 2020 11:37 am

What’s left unsaid in this particular article is that the large majority of the $10B is going to activist groups and agitators, and not to projects designed to actually address the perceived problem. So expect a lot more suffocating BS from the usual climate catastrophists.

Steve Safigan
Reply to  Steve Safigan
February 19, 2020 3:05 pm

The feeding frenzy has already begun:

How climate scientists, activists, and NGOs want to spend Jeff Bezos’ money:
https://www.theverge.com/2020/2/19/21143044/jeff-bezos-climate-change-donation-scientists-earth-fund-activists-ngo

Phil Salmon
February 19, 2020 2:30 pm

Amid all this talk of insect apocalypse, biodiversity crisis and looming extinction, an actual scientific study by the NERC on 5000+ species of invertebrates and plants (plus mosses, lichens etc) finds that between 1970 and 2015, biodiversity has increased in the UK. There has been on average an 11% increase of habitat range.

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/02/200217112736.htm

CAGW is a death cult. Looking at life they see only death.

Eric Vieira
February 21, 2020 12:07 am

If Bezos really wants to help, the money would be better invested in 4Gen Nuclear research.

Cam_S
February 21, 2020 2:45 pm

Ross McKitrick: It’s never enough with climate activists — even a staggering $10 billion from Jeff Bezos

Observers might conclude activists don’t care about the climate per se but instead want to impose a big-government central planning regime
Who would be the saddest people in the world if a cheap carbon-scrubber were invented? Answer: climate activists.

Read the rest, here:
https://business.financialpost.com/opinion/ross-mckitrick-its-never-enough-with-climate-activists-even-a-staggering-10-billion-from-jeff-bezos

Johann Wundersamer
March 1, 2020 11:59 pm

‘We Can Save Earth’: Amazon’s Jeff Bezos Announces $10-Billion Climate Action Plan

Amazon employees created a group called Employees for Climate Justice, which published a statement in January updating its plans to allow company employees to speak to the press in September.

More than 1,000 employees walked off their jobs in September 2019 in support of a national march calling on Bezos to do more on global warming.

“Now is a time when we need to have communications policies that let us speak honestly about our company’s role in the climate crisis,” Karen Costa, a user experience principal designer at Amazon, said in a statement in January.
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What will Amazon’s Jeff Bezos do with “Announce[d] $10-Billion Climate Action Plan”:

Invest in AI, dismiss employees –> higher efficiency + less CO₂ exhaling.

Johann Wundersamer
March 2, 2020 12:46 am

“As we all know, the continents are forever moving.

What if, for example, the movement of India pushing up the Himalayas really is causing a natural tipping point and changing circulation patterns, which has a butterfly effect?

I don’t know, anybody have any ideas?”

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Redge, could be China sinks under Himalayan pressure and weight.

The meltwaters of the glaciers above that natural pan evaporates leaving the contemporary China a salt desert – no problems with tipping points, the new equilibrium will be: salt deserts.

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Compare: don’t invest in Mallorca:

“search: “Harald Lesch Mallorca”

Did you mean: harald, brharald, lesch, resch, mallorca oder mallorcas?

alpha-Centauri | 17.01.2020: Should you invest in a house in Mallorca?

Africa is coming! At around the speed at which fingernails grow, the African continental plate pushes towards Europe – and folds in the process …

10.01.2020 | ARD-alpha

https://www.br.de/mediathek/video/alpha-centauri-17012020-soll-man-sich-ein-haus-auf-mallorca-kaufen-av:5c361cd305d29e0017ffcfae

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