Bill Gates on Climate Change: All the Coral and Trees will Die

h/t Dr. Willie Soon; According to Bill Gates, if we don’t mend our evil ways the equator will be uninhabitable, except when temperate regions will freeze, and forests and coral reefs will die.

Losing time against climate disaster

 Juan Siliezar
Harvard Staff Writer
DATE February 24, 2021

“There are points at which when the corals die off, they never come back,” Gates said. “This is acidifying the ocean, and all the aqua ecosystems die off as that acid level goes up. As forests dry out, they are subject to both fires and infestations that kill all the trees, so you get a lot less trees. As the sea level goes up, the beaches go away.”

Without changes in global practices, “It’s going to be essentially unlivable at the Equator by the end of the century… [leading to] the instability of hundreds of millions of people trying to get out of those regions where a lot of the world’s population is, and particularly the poorest in the world,” he said.

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Poor Bill. For what its worth I think he really does care, but it seems like he is suffering in a hellish prison composed of his own ignorance.

Why do we know Bill is wrong about the corals dying and trees all burning away, and the equator becoming uninhabitably hot, if we release a little anthropogenic CO2?

Because none of this happened last time CO2 levels were slightly elevated.

Paleo-climatologists know that far from being abnormally warm, the world is currently enduring the Quaternary Glaciation, a period of unusual cold which started 2.58 million years ago. Only four other comparable cold ages have been identified in the entire paleo-climate record.

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February 26, 2021 10:04 am

What a deploarable man

Reply to  Krishna Gans
February 26, 2021 11:00 am

Poor man, trying to earn a penny by promoting his book, no one wants to buy, Greta got free signed copy, else no sales.
Actually, personally he isn’t that bad, some 20 or more years ago I had opportunity to exchange couple of sentences, he was promoting a version of windows, appeared down to earth, unpretentious bloke.

Robert Austin
Reply to  Vuk
February 26, 2021 11:43 am

Billionaires, actors, politicians, they all think their wealth / fame somehow endows them with wisdom superior to the hoi polloi.

Reply to  Robert Austin
February 26, 2021 12:18 pm

Yes and unfortunately there status and the complicit msm gives them a stage from which to shout their message. Even skiving school children have been allowed on the stage. Climate realists have no such stage as a result we are losing the debate so badly most people don’t even know there is a debate. Fortunately the climate/weather is not playing ball.

Reply to  Notanacademic
February 26, 2021 12:30 pm

In today’s world, virtue signaling is cheap insurance for the rich and famous. Can you imagine if Bill thumbed his nose at the global warming…climate change..I mean climate extinction crowd?

D Cage
Reply to  Notanacademic
February 27, 2021 11:03 am

What debate? The BBC told me in no uncertain terms the science is settled and beyond question and they had no intention of stopping using the offensive label denier. I do not deny climate science or scientists any more than I deny the existence of untreated sewage.

Peter K
Reply to  Robert Austin
February 26, 2021 3:53 pm

It’s attention deficit syndrome. A common condition with actors and celebs that have not featured in MSM for a while.

Nicholas McGinley
Reply to  Vuk
February 26, 2021 1:15 pm

He is bad.
His words prove it.
He is a greedy, self important cheat.
Unpretentious people do not pretend to knowledge when they are just repeating something someone else said, while acting like it is knowledge.

Reply to  Vuk
February 26, 2021 5:44 pm

Any one who released Windows Vista can never be trusted.

Reply to  Vuk
February 27, 2021 11:08 am

This book How to Avoid a Climate Disaster is total billsh!t.

Abolition Man
Reply to  Krishna Gans
February 26, 2021 1:56 pm

Hey, I’m a deplorable and I resent being compared to that wretched excuse for a human being!

February 26, 2021 10:04 am

Let him go – give him more rope – you go Bill – pass me the mashed dandelion and clover steak

February 26, 2021 10:05 am

It’s beautiful to see a great mind working and promoting things that everyone should be concerned about. And Bill Gates is not a great mind.

Reply to  Pauleta
February 26, 2021 11:10 am

I think the DOG, has more working brain cells than the great Sir William Henry Gates III of Richmond next to it.

At least the dog has scruples, doesn’t steal other people’s property, minds its own business, poops where it is told to, and generally likes to live a bug free life.
They say pets resemble their owners, in this case it appears Gates doesn’t much resemble his pet.

Reply to  pigs_in_space
February 26, 2021 12:20 pm

They both have the same addled-mind vacant stare. !

Mumbles McGuirck
Reply to  fred250
February 27, 2021 8:05 pm

I think the dog’s expression screams, “Help me! I’m owned by a mad man.”

February 26, 2021 10:07 am

We’ve added all these new (climate) features in Word and Excel that you did not ask for, while not listening to any of your complaints about what continues to cause problems for your work and efficiency. Here is your bill for the upgrade.

Reply to  ResourceGuy
February 26, 2021 10:18 am

So many bugs in EXCEL from the beginning, working with calender dates starting in 19th century, or calculating with hours and minutes without several special settings is an adventure no other spreadsheet program knows.
And that guy eill explain us the world ?

Reply to  ResourceGuy
February 26, 2021 11:44 am

What’s WORD and EXCEL? – oh right those programs I used to use, bought new MacBook Air in Nov. and did not buy more Microsoft product. I’m finding PAGES to be fine, haven’t tried spreadsheet yet but no longer need to anyway.

Reply to  Tomsa
February 26, 2021 12:50 pm

I used Quattro Pro for a few years in the early 90s and was quite impressed with it.

Reply to  Mr.
February 26, 2021 2:35 pm

Yes that was fine and if here is still one remembering Geoworks Ensemble, Quattro Prp couldt be run within.

David Stone
Reply to  Mr.
February 27, 2021 7:03 am

Word Perfect was much the best though. It died the death because it was not WYSIWYG, but at least it produced my PhD thesis correctly, the index and cross-reference features were superb, Word didn’t even have them, but Word Perfect was written for Lawyers, etc. so had to. A legal case with no references to the evidence, now there’s a new idea! It also worked just fine with 400 pages of text, on a 286 computer with 640k of RAM!

Jim Whelan
Reply to  ResourceGuy
February 27, 2021 8:43 am

Download Open Office.Or better yet use Linux and Libre Office.

February 26, 2021 10:09 am

I never forgave him for Clippy

Reply to  John
February 26, 2021 10:11 am

Really? What about ME, Vista, …. I really “liked” him when he was getting pies to his face.

Reply to  Pauleta
February 26, 2021 1:50 pm

Vista was after Bill Gates left. But, truth be told, I would much rather have ME or Vista than the abomination of Windows 10. It is easily the worst Windows ever made. Windows 8 is a distant second, and ME is a distant third from 8. If this were a race, Windows 10 would win by 10 track lengths over Windows 10 and 1000 track lengths over Windows ME.

Microsoft still employed quality control people for ME; the new CEO thinks we should be the quality control people so that they can be “agile”, his words. You could control which updates you installed with ME, and the updates told you exactly what it did; neither of those applies with Windows 10. Microsoft didn’t have an app store that they shove down your throat with ME. Microsoft had a logical user interface with ME. Microsoft didn’t have creepy telemetry with ME. Microsoft didn’t almost demand your email with ME. So, while ME crashed every other second, it still was far and away superior to Windows 10.

And Windows 7 was the absolute best operating system Microsoft ever made. Including the server ones.

Reply to  Wade
February 26, 2021 2:38 pm

Win 7 best and the only I ever bought, and second the older XP

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Krishna Gans
February 26, 2021 2:49 pm

I still use XP. It works fine, except it uses Flashplayer for videos, and Flashplayer has been retired, so I can’t view any videos on XP now.

I think there is a workaround, but haven’t looked into it.

I have a windows 8 computer that still works just fine.

Reply to  Tom Abbott
February 26, 2021 3:23 pm

Use VLC media player, works fine for nearly all video types.

Reply to  Wade
February 26, 2021 6:34 pm

I run Win 7 on a virtual machine on my Macbook Pro. And having been in the game since the first desktop computer, I’ll give the latest Mac OS Big Sur the best marks.

Ed Zuiderwijk
Reply to  John
February 26, 2021 10:38 am

Hi, I notice you want to pontificate about the climate. Do you need help with that?

Reply to  John
February 26, 2021 12:13 pm

Clippy was the son of Bob, which was Melinda’s idea and we know what that led to…

Reply to  yirgach
February 26, 2021 12:36 pm

Remember Bob?

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Reply to  John
February 26, 2021 12:27 pm

Linux all the way LibreOffice Convert now you will see the light

February 26, 2021 10:10 am

And another thing….

Mr. Gates, your jet is waiting.

Curious George
Reply to  ResourceGuy
February 26, 2021 11:37 am

 “As the sea level goes up, the beaches go away.”
The sea level went 130 m up in the last 13,000 years. There are no beaches.

Reply to  Curious George
February 26, 2021 6:45 pm

Question, layman here…
no matter where the shore is, why wouldn’t there be beaches?

Nicholas McGinley
Reply to  Nashville
February 27, 2021 4:42 am

Of course there are always beaches where the land meets the sea.
Except where there are mangroves marshes, or some other such thing, instead.

Richard (the cynical one)
Reply to  Curious George
February 26, 2021 8:51 pm

You shoulda seen the beaches 13,000 years ago – miles upon miles of pure white sand as far as the eye could see! It took a good month for the tide to come in, and another to go back out again. And not a condo anywhere to spoil the view!

Mumbles McGuirck
Reply to  Richard (the cynical one)
February 27, 2021 8:14 pm

But those Paleolithic off-shore wind farms were an eye sore.

Phil Rae
February 26, 2021 10:17 am

Poor Bill……well, maybe not so poor! But seriously, how can a guy who’s supposedly so smart and with access to so much information believe such utter nonsense?

I really struggle to understand how anybody, faced with the vast amounts of data that contradict the “climate emergency” narrative could come to such bizarre conclusions.

And I know we can say, “follow the money” but he clearly doesn’t need any. Is it just a need to stay relevant or indulge in “social engineering”, perhaps?

Reply to  Phil Rae
February 26, 2021 10:26 am

It’s never about money, it’s always about control. After control all else follows.

Reply to  geo
February 26, 2021 11:32 am

In this case, I think it’s more likely empty nest syndrome, since he no longer has thousands of employees to control.

Reply to  Phil Rae
February 26, 2021 10:30 am

If he said that he now believed the contradictory data he would be seen as changing his mind and he can’t lose that much “face”.

Patrick B
Reply to  Phil Rae
February 26, 2021 11:25 am

He can believe it because it does not cost him or his family anything to believe it. His life style and those of his great grandchildren will not be changed by any laws or regulations that he thinks should be imposed. That level of wealth means you will always get whatever you want. There are no sacrifices for Gates and his family or even by most of those he spends his time with – only by the rest of us.

Rick C
Reply to  Phil Rae
February 26, 2021 11:41 am

If Gates hadn’t spent two years playing video games before dropping out of Harvard he might have learned something useful. Obviously he’s very poorly educated in science.

Nicholas McGinley
Reply to  Rick C
February 26, 2021 1:20 pm

He has the opposite of an education in science.
He believes things for which there is not only no evidence, but for which there is a mountain of evidence to the contrary.
He is now an antiscientist.

Reply to  Rick C
February 26, 2021 5:06 pm

Majored in junk science!

A Cross
Reply to  Phil Rae
February 26, 2021 11:54 am

Bill knows how to work the money and sell WEF agenda.

He has a stake in green energy and -building- wind farms for the subsidies. He is largest USA farm land owner and is selling B’ef plant based protein. He has a stake in wuhan lab and vaccine development, manufacture, and distribution. He has a stake in Microsoft Teams which was heavily used because of lockdown. Online schooling is similar and aligns with stake in school assessment testing company.

Roger Knights
Reply to  Phil Rae
February 26, 2021 5:31 pm

But seriously, how can a guy who’s supposedly so smart and with access to so much information believe such utter nonsense?”

Maybe it’s his wife’s influence. Plus maybe he’s trying to soften his evil-empire image.

Bruce Cobb
February 26, 2021 10:17 am

“…and all the aqua ecosystems die off as that acid level goes up.”
OMG – the stupid, it burns like HCl.

Phil Rae
Reply to  Bruce Cobb
February 26, 2021 10:20 am

Agreed……that’s particularly high on the “ridiculosity scale”

Reply to  Phil Rae
February 26, 2021 10:54 am

The trees and coral die anyway, its what they do. Mr Gates should learn about the carbon cycle where the quantities dwarf what humans can do.

Robert of Texas
February 26, 2021 10:17 am

It is sad to see dementia set in so early. I am sure he is very concerned about our Carbon Footprints while he lives in mansions and yachts and goes jetting around the world.

Reply to  Robert of Texas
February 26, 2021 12:24 pm

E D maybe?

Abolition Man
Reply to  czechlist
February 26, 2021 12:39 pm

E D? You mean Environmental Delusions? He definitely suffers from that! Any other version is way more information than I need!

Pariah Dog
February 26, 2021 10:24 am

This from the guy that thought 640kb RAM ought to be enough for everybody. You were short-sighted then, and nothing has changed.

Reply to  Pariah Dog
February 26, 2021 10:29 am

For that, 320 for you.

Reply to  Pariah Dog
February 26, 2021 11:00 am

Actually hes was right, I cant believe I use 8GB- very inefficently- for this little machine Im using now. The previous one regularly used 25% of the 8GB, now its 40% and it was a clean swap of the old SSD into this one, a barebones box I configured myself. Of course it doesnt matter anymore

James Beaver
Reply to  Duker
February 26, 2021 12:46 pm

Run AutoCAD and a complex systems simulator. 32 Gb will feel cramped.

Mr. Lee
February 26, 2021 10:25 am

This is your brain on main stream media.

February 26, 2021 10:27 am

Why people listen to wealthy people, movie stars, sports figures, or anyone given media attention for something other than their expertise is beyond me. Does the MSM really believe we’re that vapid or ….. are we?

Reply to  markl
February 26, 2021 11:50 am

I work for a tech company and most of my co-workers hang on every word of Elon Musk as if it is eternal truth. It’s creepy, to say the least.

Reply to  Tom
February 26, 2021 12:52 pm

That’s that cult effect that someone commented about yesterday.
Creepy is certainly what it is.

Roger Knights
Reply to  Tom
February 26, 2021 5:40 pm

TSLA closed at $675 today, down from its high of around $895 month ago—that’s approaching 25%. Maybe a 50% drop, to $450, will make his acolytes less trusting. Such a drop is likely within six months, I believe. If that drop doesn’t wobble their faith, another 50-percenter, due after 12 more months, should do it.

Nicholas McGinley
Reply to  markl
February 26, 2021 1:22 pm

They do not. His book is doing very poorly.

February 26, 2021 10:30 am

His dementia seems to be worse than Joe Biden’s problem. According to the Weather Channel, the Arctic heating is causing colder weather. Than means, moving forward, the equator will be un-inhabitabl because it will become a frozen wasteland — and the Arctic will become very inhabitable, especially Greenland.

February 26, 2021 10:31 am

Whenever anyone asks who my doctor is, I always say Dr. Bill Gates. He has a prescription for everything that ailes us.

Ed Zuiderwijk
February 26, 2021 10:34 am

He really believes all the porkies he has been told. How sad.

Reply to  Ed Zuiderwijk
February 26, 2021 11:30 am

He doesn’t have the mental activity to tell the difference !

A classic case of ACDS, including all the rank hypocrisy that goes with it.

David Kamakaris
February 26, 2021 10:42 am

Go buy yourself some climate offsets, you hypocrite. You’ll feel better in the morning.

Reply to  David Kamakaris
February 26, 2021 11:09 am

He does !

Reply to  Duker
February 26, 2021 12:54 pm

and that just shows what a follower of useless gestures Gates and everyone else that buys these religious ‘indulgences’ is.

Abolition Man
Reply to  David Kamakaris
February 26, 2021 12:54 pm

I’m hoping we will soon see the return of self-flagellation among the REAL science deniers! Wouldn’t it be fun to cheer on groups like XR as they prance about ripping the flesh on their backs to shreds?
Too much? I still yearn for the return of stocks as a worthy treatment for those who think they can change their gender, and dueling for settling political differences! Ah, the good old days!
Apparently being reasonably intelligent or successful does not preclude being delusional!

David Middleton
February 26, 2021 11:04 am

An example as Thomas Sowell has said of somebody with knowledge in very narrow area assuming they have equal knowledge in other areas in which they have little or no knowledge but think they do.

Curious George
Reply to  David Middleton
February 26, 2021 11:40 am

Not always. I have a degree in vacuum physics. I know everything about nothing.

Eyes Wide Open
February 26, 2021 11:07 am

Mr. Blue Screen of Death is applying his quality insights to climate? Good luck with that!

mike macray
February 26, 2021 11:17 am

It’s the microscope malady, a common affliction among experts, analysts and the self important.
Making little things seem much bigger than they are means knowing more and more about less and less until eventually they know everything about nothing.
Dazzled by their own brilliance the afflicted soon become blind to everything else.

Jeff Corbin
Reply to  mike macray
February 26, 2021 11:50 am

Maybe, Bill wants us to think that he is no more harmless than the Prince of Wales. Gates is sly like a fox. He knows how to do harm. He is a market colonist and empire builder of the highest order. I don’t think he is done yet. His world is not strawberry fields for ever… it divide and conquer. I am sure that he is aware that his chicken little panacea is disarming pabulum. Gotta know all his swords are out.

February 26, 2021 11:23 am

Next carboard sign….

Out to lunch

Reply to  ResourceGuy
February 26, 2021 12:16 pm

He probably has lunch flown in by helicopter. So he can still be “environmentally friendly” and work from home.

February 26, 2021 11:24 am

We just recently learned that the world is greening, the Sahara has shrunk by 700,000 sq. kilometers in the last 20 years. If Bill is right, shouldn’t the opposite be happening? Somebody please clue him in.

Reply to  Art
February 26, 2021 11:51 am

Facts are secondary to “settled science” computer models, don’t you know? This is a post-facts world. Get woke!

paranoid goy
February 26, 2021 11:24 am

“…where a lot of the world’s population is, and particularly the poorest in the world,…”
How exactly do you define poverty? Cell phone, TV and refrigerator, with existential dread every day you wake up wondering what dreck your children will eat today, or a guy sleeping on a grass mat in a grass hut with ten cows outside, and a variey of fresh greens from the bush. So, sometimes there’s drought, and you have to slaughter most of your cattle, and eat tree leaves for seven months, how is that different from being retrenched six days before Christmas and sleeping in your car, or blowing your entire life savings on cancer treatment because you ate the GMO dreck Baal Gates insists you eat?
In the tropics, ambition is different than in New York, stuff your evaluations on poverty, you pathetic wage slaves!
Just sayin’…

paranoid goy
Reply to  Eric Worrall
February 26, 2021 10:31 pm

“…a pretty fair idea of how much they’re missing out on…”
Because they have television showing them the desirable women dressed 24/7 in evening wear and perfect makeup living like queens even if they have no jobs? Every man has a shiny car and a gun that never runs out of bullets, and every child has so much free food lying around, they get distracted by the slightest thing, and then (and I cannot stress this enough) they literally just throw whatever food they have in their hand, casually over their shoulder! Sure beats working for a living, don’t you think? We hardly never see poor people on TV, unless it is part of the plot, and they either traffic drugs, or suddenly become famous.
Do not underestimate the culturally destructive and morally degenerative power of Hollywood. Magic is real, and repeating primal-desire(?) queues is a powerful incantation…
But it still does not address the issue of who defines poverty on what grounds. I maintain, occasional hunger beats eating poisonous dreck every single day of your life until you die a painful cancerous death.
There is a midway between the two extremes, but the money is not on the side of finding that balance. It would spoil the fun of “rule the nations with an iron rod”?

February 26, 2021 11:24 am

The rich retired guy has spoken!

February 26, 2021 11:26 am

I only bought one Windows machine…been using Linux since…mostly Linux Mint now. I want Billy to go all in and predict we are going to reach unstoppable feedback – Venus runaway style…just do it Dr. Bill.

Reply to  Anti-griff
February 26, 2021 3:10 pm

In earlier Times, I was a fan of OS/2 Warp as it came out. Geoworks worked fine there, and I used the GeoWorks Desktop as OS/2WPS. The GeoWorks suite was internal a preemptive multitasking sytem in contrast to the old Windows systems only beeing multithreadting.
In so far Geos and OS/2 did harmonise very well. (info still available ! I wonder that was 1995 !)
GeoWorks and IBM Dos or DR-Dos, because worked well together as multithreating combo, MS-Dos was a fail for that 😀

Reply to  Krishna Gans
February 26, 2021 3:44 pm

MS-DOS ? What should I do with it ?
That I wrote 1995 in an other article about GEOS/2 😀

Jeff Labute
February 26, 2021 11:29 am

Windows will crash long long before coral and trees.
Bill, what you are doing is wrong.

Reply to  Jeff Labute
February 26, 2021 12:59 pm

Windows will crash long long before coral and trees.

Keep up, Jeff – that’s been happening regularly since oh,1988.
But the good news is – Bill and his millions of users have been able to adapt to these changing events as they went along.

So adapting to climate change should be a walk in the park, hey?

February 26, 2021 11:29 am

Bill Gates’ first book blew the Internet off as a fad of no use; seems his credulity pendulum has swung the other way with global warming.

Reply to  Eric Worrall
February 26, 2021 12:36 pm

The security must have been a mess

February 26, 2021 11:37 am

Whenever I see his name I always remember this gem from the 90s (it’s just a joke – obviously never happened). Part of the irony is that we now do have the “General Protection Fault” (the highly informative ‘Check Engine’) light (#6) and we do press the Start button in our cars to turn them off (#10).

It serves as a reminder of what we lived (and still do, to some extent) with day to day with our computers thanks to Microsoft’s QA and Dev processes.

“Bill Gates reportedly compared the computer industry with the auto industry and stated: “If General Motors had kept up with the technology like the computer industry has, we would all be driving $25.00 cars that got 1,000 miles to the gallon.”

In response to Bill’s comments, GM issued a press release stating: “If General Motors had developed technology like Microsoft, we would all be driving cars with the following characteristics:

  1. For no reason whatsoever, your car would crash twice a day.
  2. Every time they repainted the lines in the road, you would have to buy a new car.
  3. Occasionally your car would die on the freeway for no reason. You would have to pull over to the side of the road, close all of the windows, shut off the car, restart it, and reopen the windows before you could continue. For some reason, you would simply accept this.
  4. Occasionally, executing a maneuver such as a left turn would cause your car to shut down and refuse to restart, in which case you would have to reinstall the engine.
  5. Macintosh would make a car that was powered by the sun, was reliable, five times as fast and twice as easy to drive – but would run on only five percent of the roads.
  6. The oil, water temperature, and alternator warning lights would all be replaced by a single “General Protection Fault” warning light.
  7. The airbag system would ask “Are you sure you wish to deploy?” before deploying.
  8. Occasionally, for no reason whatsoever, your car would lock you out and refuse to let you in until you simultaneously lifted the door handle, turned the key and grabbed hold of the radio antenna.
  9. Every time GM introduced a new car, car buyers would have to learn to drive all over again because none of the controls would operate in the same manner as the old car.
  10. You’d have to press the “Start” button to turn the engine off.”
Reply to  Tom
February 26, 2021 2:01 pm

Billy…the poster boy for nerd….bought a Porsche 959….an expensive car that required very expensive mods for US regulations since it was built for Europe only…..his mug shot in Arizona for speeding in the car is a classic with him grinning and likely thinking I could buy this whole police Dept.

February 26, 2021 11:37 am



February 26, 2021 11:40 am

Joe Biden may not be the only one who’s brain is showing the rigors of age

Reply to  Scott
February 26, 2021 12:36 pm

Ole Joe didn’t even know his war department bombed Syria

February 26, 2021 11:47 am

“…the corals die off, they never come back,” Gates said. “This is acidifying the ocean…”

More proof that rich does not mean smart. He can’t even get the ‘settled science’ right. The neutralization (“acidification”) of the ocean is supposed to cause coral to die, not the other way around.

Reply to  Eric Worrall
February 26, 2021 1:26 pm

Given his huge investments in everything ‘green’, I expect he’ll keep doubling down until he’s the only one left holding the bag. Poor Bill. He’ll probably be left with only a few $billion to dry his tears with.

paranoid goy
Reply to  Eric Worrall
February 26, 2021 10:40 pm

Now if only Baal was a self-made billionaire, instead of a lucky stooge handed everything (including his daily script) on a platter. If he loses money on anything, he just organises another subsidy by taxpayers. Like with vaccines, the biggest subsidy con I have ever heard of.

February 26, 2021 11:48 am

He’s a dangerous, hypocritical ignoramus. How does he think beaches form?

Steve Z
February 26, 2021 12:03 pm

Most of the circumference of the Equator is over water (Pacific, Indian, and Atlantic oceans). Due to evaporation and formation of thunderstorms (as posted by Willis Eschenbach), sea surface temperatures in tropical areas rarely exceed 27 C. Most of the warming in recent decades occurs at high latitudes, not in the tropics.

Perhaps the Great Microsoft Genius has never heard of the Intertropical Convergence Zone, where the northeast trade winds from the Northern Hemisphere meet the southeast trade winds from the Southern Hemisphere, causing frequent thunderstorms near the Equator. This zone of frequent thunderstorms shifts northward to about 10 degrees north during Northern Hemisphere summer, and southward to about 10 degrees south during Northern Hemisphere winter, and is near the Equator around the equinoxes. These thunderstorms tend to cool the oceans under them during the period of maximum sun angle near the Equator.

The part of the Equator that passes through Africa is mostly savanna, with alternating dry and rainy seasons, and wildlife frequently migrates in search of water. The southwest coast of Africa (just north of the Equator) has a wet climate, which becomes drier as one moves north and inland into the Sahara. But the land near the Equator has a cooler climate than the Sahara, due to sea breezes that bring rain over the land near the coast.

Part of the Equator passes through or near the islands of Indonesia, which have a humid but not terribly hot climate, with alternating wet and dry seasons.

The southern tip of India and the island of Sri Lanka are just north of the Equator, but the (Northern Hemisphere) spring and summer bring monsoons that temper the heat, while the autumn and winter are relatively dry.

The part of the Equator that passes through South America has a wet climate in the Amazon basin east of the Andes (due to trade winds), and a cooler, dry climate west of the Andes, (due to the Pacific Humboldt current, and high elevation of the Andes, some of which are snow-capped).

So where is the evidence that the Equator will become unlivable, if most land areas of the Equator are not really hotter than neighboring areas to the north or south? The Sahara desert (north latitude) has a hotter climate than equatorial Africa or the southwest coast, and the Outback of Australia (south latitude) has a hotter climate than equatorial Indonesia.

Reply to  Eric Worrall
February 26, 2021 1:10 pm

Eric, but then at those places a few miles inland from you, the numbers are swapped –
humidity at your place is 100, temp 35
while temp inland is 100, but humidity is 35

Reply to  Eric Worrall
February 26, 2021 3:29 pm

Born & raised in Brisbane myself Eric.
In the last millennium though.
Worked & lived around the world many times since then.
So many climates to see changing 🙂
Does that make me a dinosaur?

Nicholas McGinley
Reply to  Eric Worrall
February 26, 2021 2:01 pm

I agree about the paleo.
I do tend to think that some of what Steve has described is a somewhat oversimplified and leaves out important details of the various climate zones.
In particular, while it is very true that proximity to water moderates temperature regimes, it is also true that moisture in the air does the same thing.
Deserts are hot in the daytime because the air is dry, and dry air has a low specific heat. But it also gets cooler at night than regions that have equal insolation but higher humidity.
Humid tropical locations do not get as hot as dry air regions during the day, both because of the air having a higher specific heat, but also because places with humid air will on average be cloudier than those with dry air.

Moisture is the most important factor, and a warmer world is necessarily more humid overall.
Moisture in the air moderates temperature due to having a higher specific heat, and because it allows the formation of clouds, and because these clouds then tend to drop precipitation. Moist ground tends to be vegetated, and plants and trees also have a moderating effect on the temperature, and also tend to conserve moisture in the soil by several mechanisms. They shade the ground, and they reduce runoff, and they cause the formation of soils with a greater ability to hold water.

Areas adjacent to the warm wet climates near the Equator tend to be hot and dry because the air that rises in the ITCZ is descending in those regions, and the air is depleted of moisture by the rain that falls from those thunderstorms. It is then heated and dried out (absolute humidity remains constant, but warmer air can hold more so the relative humidity decreases dramatically) by compression as it descends to the ground surface from aloft.

This entire circulation pattern forms the basis of the weather patterns on the entire planet, and is the primary circulation pattern of the atmosphere.
This leg of global air circulation is called the Hadley Cell. Geographic features prevent the resulting climate zones from being cleanly defined belts, but the general pattern of A climate zones sandwiched between the dry B climate zones is very evident in a global view.
The Koppen climate zones, and the primary circulation patterns of the Earth:

Global primary.PNG
Nicholas McGinley
Reply to  Nicholas McGinley
February 26, 2021 2:06 pm

And the resulting global average surface temperatures:

Beta Blocker
February 26, 2021 12:14 pm

Climate skeptics who are also advocates of nuclear power must recognize that the nuclear power industry in the US is counting on the issue of climate change to keep itself from being forced out of the energy marketplace by an unholy alliance of natural gas interests and the wind & solar interests.

Bill Gates wants four billion dollars from the US Government to build his first prototype TerraPower nuclear reactor. His company has already been chosen for partial government support worth several hundred million dollars.

Gates will say and do what ever he has to say and do to get the government support he wants. As will every other private sector interest attempting to build a 4th Generation nuclear power plant in the US.

Reply to  Beta Blocker
February 26, 2021 12:30 pm

OMG, a nuclear reactor from the Windows stable.

What could possibly go wrong !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Beta Blocker
Reply to  fred250
February 26, 2021 4:44 pm

fred250: “OMG, a nuclear reactor from the Windows stable. What could possibly go wrong!”

In creating TerraPower as his nuclear reactor project corporation, Bill Gates has assembled a highly competent team of nuclear technologists to research and develop the TerraPower SMR design. Gates wouldn’t have gained support from the federal government if he hadn’t done this.

However, if the new SMR technology is to eventually see commercial scale realization, having a competent team of nuclear technologists developing the basic 4th Generation technology isn’t nearly enough. That part of the overall task is only one-quarter or less of the total work scope.

When the time comes to build the first commercial scale 4th Generation plant, the project team must also include an experienced engineer-procure-construct contractor (an EPC), an experienced nuclear plant operator, a knowledgeable customer paying for the project, and last but not least, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission as both an independent project oversight monitor and a project participant to the extent that current law allows.

It is best to do what NuScale has done and that is to enlist all of the people and the organizations who will eventually be constructing and operating the plant early on in the planning for the project. For the NuScale SMR design, the EPC is Fluor, the plant operator is Energy Northwest, the customer is Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems (UAMPS), and the NRC is of course the NRC.

Reply to  Beta Blocker
February 26, 2021 7:52 pm

If I’m developing new technology, thing one is proof of concept. Period.

Even when new technologies develop to the pilot plant stage, they can still be blind sided. I’ve followed a number of developing energy technologies and none of them has progressed past the pilot plant stage. An example would be Aquion Batteries, backed by Bill Gates.

Betting the farm on unproven technology is foolish.

Beta Blocker
Reply to  commieBob
February 26, 2021 10:47 pm

See my response to KcTaz below.

Reply to  Beta Blocker
February 26, 2021 9:33 pm

I appreciate your comment but what in the world possessed you to say this?
“Gates wouldn’t have gained support from the federal government if he hadn’t done this?” Have you ever looked at the things that get support from the Federal Government?

Beta Blocker
Reply to  KcTaz
February 26, 2021 10:43 pm

KcTaz, read what it is I actually said: “In creating TerraPower as his nuclear reactor project corporation, Bill Gates has assembled a highly competent team of nuclear technologists to research and develop the TerraPower SMR design. Gates wouldn’t have gained support from the federal government if he hadn’t done this.”

In its support for 4th Generation nuclear, the US Department of Energy has been much more careful in choosing who gets federal grant money than it has been for any other kind of energy technology development project.

If it is being done with nuclear, it must be done with an exceptional commitment to project management discipline. TerraPower had to prove to DOE’s satisfaction that it did indeed have the staff and the technical resources needed to deliver the particular flavor of 4th Gen nuclear the corporation was promoting.

paranoid goy
Reply to  KcTaz
February 26, 2021 10:45 pm

Plus, it reiterates my comment that Bill never loses money, because he lives off government subsidies.

Reply to  fred250
February 26, 2021 7:00 pm

Perhaps you’re referring to this: If cars were like Microsoft Windows

Reply to  commieBob
February 26, 2021 9:42 pm

commie Bob, that is hilarious!! Thanks.

Beta Blocker
Reply to  Eric Worrall
February 26, 2021 3:01 pm

Regardless of the many technical and economic issues that going forward with greater reliance on the renewables presents, a public policy decision has been made to add substantially more wind and solar to the grid.

Bill Gates has said a number of times that wind and solar won’t deliver on its promise; and that if we are determined to move to a low or no carbon economy, that decision demands we go with nuclear.

The fact remains that the first prototype 4th Generation nuclear plants which are so necessary for achieving a greater reliance on nuclear will not be constructed without substantial government assistance.

Those who are now heavily involved in promoting these 4th Generation nuclear plants must demonstrate that their advanced technology can be delivered on cost and schedule.

After what happened with the VC Summer and Vogtle 3 & 4 third generation AP1000 project management debacles, private sector corporations will not become involved in deploying the improved 4th Generation nuclear plants unless the federal government agrees to shoulder some portion of the financial risk for constructing the first iterations of the new technology.

If the first commercial-scale examples of a particular 4th Generation technology are successfully delivered on cost and schedule, then the federal government will step back and let private investors carry the full risk of building nuclear, if they choose to do so.

Dave Andrews
Reply to  Eric Worrall
February 27, 2021 9:57 am

Eric,at least he is on record as saying AOC’s GND is a “fairytale” and “Why peddle fantasies to people?”

Reply to  Beta Blocker
February 27, 2021 3:59 pm

The thought of a nuclear reactor controlled by a Windows OS is somewhat unnerving….

Rud Istvan
February 26, 2021 12:21 pm

Gates is an example of the great damage done by the IPCC and the climate alarmists in the media. He is supposedly a smart guy. But obviously has done no personal research into what is actually what. So he parrots what he heard. That is what has given the climate scam popular legs.

And it will end badly like the Ditch tulip bulb mania, except the modern equivalent appears to be wind turbines.

February 26, 2021 12:30 pm

If he feels so confident in his prediction, I will bet half of my fortune against half of his that he is wrong.

He may know a bunch about computers ( gut not enough to make programs that work with few problems) and he may know how to market them, but he is no more a climate expert than I am a computer expert.

James Beaver
February 26, 2021 12:41 pm

As one of the richest people on the planet, who made some shrewd business decisions early in the emerging PC era, and became wealthy due to the hard work of his over worked minions … he can afford to “work” from home.
The other 99.999% of us can’t do that.

Shoki Kaneda
Reply to  James Beaver
February 26, 2021 1:27 pm

He also engaged in some really unscrupulous business practices. See what some of his contemporaries have to say about him.

Christopher Erikson
February 26, 2021 1:01 pm

Like they did during the Roman warm, but the trees and corals are all still here in spite of the higher temps then than predicted now?

Use that Giant Brain, Bill. It seems to be atrophying.

February 26, 2021 1:04 pm

I, for one, devoutly hope that Bill Gates lives long enough to be thoroughly ashamed for having fallen for this claptrap.

Peter W
Reply to  Kemaris
February 26, 2021 1:19 pm

It never works that way. His type merely picks up a new “cause” and moves on, ignoring the mistakes of the past as being immaterial.

Al Miller
February 26, 2021 1:09 pm

Ahhh, I used to think Bill Gates was smart, now I see he is an evil and deplorable man.

February 26, 2021 1:10 pm

“if we don’t mend our evil ways the equator will be uninhabitable”

Strange that did not occur in the geological past, when global temperature was much higher, polar regions were not glaciated, much of Earth’s land mass was located near the equator, and Life Flourished.

Nicholas McGinley
February 26, 2021 1:11 pm

He really is terribly ignorant, unless he is just a complete liar.
It is somewhat unknowable which.
But he seems to be someone who reads alarmist press with 100% credulity and gullibility, and just swallows all of it hook line and sinker.
Worse yet, he then exaggerates the worst parts of the lies told by the most unhinged of the alarmists.
Sadly and incredibly, it seems he is not given to reading what serious and sober global warming advocates are saying, but instead has taken the view of the most ignorant and ridiculous doomsday panic mongers.
Serious scientists know that the temperature in the tropics has been largely constant for hundreds of millions of years, even as the higher latitudes have swung through huge variations in average temperature and rainfall patterns.

He seems unaware that CO2 is only postulated to be able to raise the average temperature slightly, and that the largest parts of the warmista scare story is that this higher temp will cause an increase in atmospheric moisture, which will then raise temperatures even more.
He seems unaware that the climate models that have “predicted” all of this have so far failed utterly to describe what has actually happened instead, as CO2 levels rise.
Or that climate models are unable to model clouds, and as such this most important of factors is only accounted for in the models by parameterization. Which is another way of saying the models are programmed to predict what the people who program them want to believe about the effects of more moisture in the air, how this will effect clouds, and how cloudiness affects the global climate regimes.

IOW, this man has no actual knowledge, and is merely repeating the grave intonations of the doomsday cult of global warming alarmism.

He has bought the lie, and it is a particularly ridiculous lie, of “ocean acidification”.
He has bought the lie that corals die when the ocean warms slightly.

He seems to have no idea how ridiculously contradictory it is to think that a warmer world with higher moisture levels in the air will cause to just “dry up”, and all the trees in them to die.
He seems unaware that that it is bad forestry management practices that have led to insect infestations that kill trees. Suppressing all fires throws forest ecosystems out of balance, which leads to all sorts of problems that do not happen when the normal process of burning rejuvenates forest biomes.

In order to know the truth about matters scientific, one must have either an inquisitive mind and read a lot, or one must have some scientific education. And at the very least one must have learned to ignore the mainstream press, that is by now simply the public relations arm of a radical political movement.

He knows nothing about any aspect of ecology, physical geography, biology, Earth history, or any other relevant discipline of scientific inquiry. This fact is plainly evident from the things he is quoted as saying.
He has styled himself to be the mouthpiece for a pack of fools, which makes him a fools fool.

And he is now shouting his ignorance loudly to the whole world.

Reply to  Nicholas McGinley
February 26, 2021 9:26 pm

Nicholas, true but his pack is a bunch of very, very rich fools and because of that, we are forced to suffer them. We do not have to suffer them lightly, or gladly, though.

Shoki Kaneda
February 26, 2021 1:24 pm

Bill Gates has to be one of the most despised people in America.

paranoid goy
Reply to  Shoki Kaneda
February 26, 2021 10:49 pm

Oh, you should see what the rest of the world thinks of the POS…

February 26, 2021 1:41 pm

Bill Gates’ lack of connection to reality continues…

Chris Hanley
February 26, 2021 1:54 pm

“… The CO2 accumulates like water in a bathtub that’s already almost full, he said. When it hits a certain level, it overflows and, in the case of climate, it tips …”.
That’s a Gates quote from the link.
It’s a nonsensical analogy I have no idea what it means, where does the CO2 overflow to — space?
Is he postulating that the Earth will tip over on its axis?

Nicholas McGinley
Reply to  Chris Hanley
February 26, 2021 2:18 pm

People’s minds are like bathtubs for knowledge, and people with a tiny bathtub get their mind filled all the way up, and they drown in a sea of ignorance.
See, I can make terrible analogies that are nonetheless better than those of the Great Bill Gates!
Plus mine do not signal that I take myself too seriously for my own good.

Chris Hanley
Reply to  Nicholas McGinley
February 26, 2021 2:39 pm

If that is the man’s level of comprehension he is clearly deluded.

Abolition Man
February 26, 2021 2:14 pm

Thanks for pointing out the delusions of the rich and famous! Gates may be in favor of developing nuclear energy, but the rest of his schtick is pure, science denying, carbon dioxide rules the climate claptrap!
I wish someone would point out to him the steady drop in CO2 over the last 150,000,000 years and ask him how he proposes to stop the decline before life as we know it is destroyed! How humanity deals with plankton trying to make kitchen countertops will require some wisdom AND knowledge; his certainty in his own rectitude is not helpful!

William Haas
February 26, 2021 2:30 pm

Bill Gates does not know what he is talking about. Based on the paleoclimate record and work done with models, one can conclude that the climate change we are experiencing today is not out of character with what has been happening during the Holocene and is caused by the sun and the oceans over which mankind has no control. Despite the hype, there is no real evidence that CO2 has any effect on climate and there is plenty of scientific rationale to support the conclusion that the climate sensitivity of CO2 is zero. It is currently not as warm as the past Medieval Warm Period let alone the Holocene Maximum and trees, corals and even polar bears survived these conditions. The previous interglacial period was warmer than this one with more ice cap melting and higher sea levels and trees and corals and even polar bears survived these conditions too. In the past CO2 levels have been more than 10 times what it is today and life flourished and no climate tipping points were ever encountered. I believe that there are plenty of good reasons to be conserving on the use of fossil fuels but climate change is not one of them. A bigger concern has to be how much lower will CO2 levels be during the next ice age. Too low CO2 can snuff out all life as we know it on this planet. Over hundreds of millions of years atmospheric CO2 that plants require has been decreasing. The carbon has become locked up in fossil fuels and carbonate rocks. The burning of fossil fuels has been alleviating the situation somewhat but maybe we should be doing more to free up carbon that has become trapped in carbonate rocks. Adding CO2 to our atmosphere will not affect global climate but will enhance plant growth and hence food production for all animal life on this planet.

Nicholas McGinley
Reply to  William Haas
February 26, 2021 3:39 pm

Well said!

February 26, 2021 2:36 pm

Bill Gates has 66,000 square foot mansion. Turn it into a homeless shelter.

Reply to  TheMightyQuinn
February 26, 2021 4:59 pm

It’s a 43 million dollar mansion ON THE OCEAN! He just bought it. He must just be so concerned about SLR that he decided to blow 43 million on it so he could be the first one to sacrifice himself to the AGW gods to save planet Earth!

Kevin Stall
February 26, 2021 2:58 pm

Is bill just recycling predictions from a decade ago.

Wojciech Langer
February 26, 2021 3:20 pm

Why people pay so much attention to this megalomaniac Creten?

Nicholas McGinley
Reply to  Wojciech Langer
February 26, 2021 3:41 pm

That wasn’t nice.
Please apologize to Cretins.
Anyone seen my levothyroxine?

Charles Higley
February 26, 2021 4:06 pm

Gates is a blithering idiot and also has an agenda. How else could he not know that even NASA has not been able to find any acidification of the oceans and that the coral reefs are thriving. Coral reefs LIKE warmer waters as they can grow further north and south than before. How is that a bad thing?

He may know computers but he is nothing but a propagandist in everything else.

Flight Level
February 26, 2021 4:37 pm

And so what ? Since travel is restricted and all are locked down home, who cares of things that no one can visit to admire?

Timothy Mccarthy
February 26, 2021 4:45 pm

I thought Bill Nye was the “Science Guy”. Did Mr. Gates buy some science degrees, or is he just a self proclaimed science expert, like Al Sharpton is a self proclaimed spokesmen for black people?

February 26, 2021 4:54 pm

Bill Gates on Climate Change: All the Coral and Trees will Die 

Things that make you go “oh, s#it.”

When you realize you just got a vaccine developed by this guy’s company.

February 26, 2021 4:56 pm

I’m sure Gates is real concerned about global warming.

Bill Gates: Millions of American Workers ‘May’ Be Affected by Climate Change Policies –

Bill Gates: $43M beachfront estate: Proof he’s a WUWT fan?

February 26, 2021 5:31 pm

It was written: Nouveau is better than never having been riche.

But money can’t buy class

Clyde Spencer
Reply to  Dennis
February 26, 2021 6:12 pm

Nor can money buy good looks, aging gracefully, or happiness. While many people look up to him, I doubt that he could intellectually keep up with most of us here on a one-on-one basis. Paying ghost writers to write books under his name doesn’t provide him with any knowledge.

russell johnson
February 26, 2021 5:49 pm

Why do billionaires think their solution is the answer? What is it about having piles of money that gives anyone the right to ignore people’s rights? Gates is a lunatic with money that’s all there is to the issue!!!!

C. Earl Jantzi
February 26, 2021 5:58 pm

How do we know HIS stupidity is showing? Are his lips moving? It’s amazing how someone can be smart in 1 area and utterly stupid in another.

February 26, 2021 7:28 pm

Bill Gates is scientifically illiterate about climate/biology/chemistry…

For the past 2.5 million years, the earth has been in an Ice Age, punctuated by massive glaciation periods and inter-glacial periods.

During the end of the last glaciation period 12,000 years ago, the area where the UN building exists was under 1 mile of Ice…. Hmmmm, the UN building under 1 mile of ice… sweet!

CO2 levels are still actually too low. For the past 600 million years, CO2 levels were normally well over 1,000 ppm except during a few extinction events when they fell to current levels (not good)…..

There are entire gigantic mountain ranges partially comprised of sandstone, which is comprised of ancient corals and shellfish which thrived when CO2 levels were many multiples of current levels, so the corals will do just fine…

Just since 1980, higher CO2’s levels have increased global greening by 12 million KM^2 (1.5 TIMES the area of the continental US), so it’s absurd to think higher CO2 levels will kill all trees.

We’re living in an era of anti-science..

February 26, 2021 8:36 pm

Does he have a backdoor out of the program?

February 26, 2021 8:40 pm

Full speed ahead into the cyclical and proverbial ice field with the RMS Climate Titanic. What can possible go wrong Mr. “Bruce Ismay” Gates?

February 26, 2021 8:44 pm

Somebody send him a photo of the sea floor in the Messina strait. It’s a garbage dump because they have no landfills.

February 26, 2021 10:03 pm

“so you get a lot less trees”
If you can count them it’s “fewer”

February 26, 2021 10:09 pm

In my mind, Gates mind, is or has, gone nuts. There is no reason a, supposedly, smart human being could spout this nonsense. He’s suffering from early onset dementia or hallucination. No one should listen to his nonsense.

Reply to  eck
February 26, 2021 10:12 pm

It’s kind of like touting the whack job Bill Nye as an expert on (anything!)

February 27, 2021 4:09 am

Sad to see Biden and Gates sharing the same basement and being treated for the same mental decline.

Gordon A. Dressler
Reply to  cedarhill
February 28, 2021 10:54 am

Well, since Gates sees himself being on par with many world governments (in terms of his wealth and political power), there is this to consider:

“The primary method by which governments increase their control is by creating fear.” — Charles Eisenstein

February 27, 2021 6:30 am

Hey Bill, just stay home and study up on what you don’t know — one would be that corals like warm water. Your crazy sun-blotting plan will hurt the corals.

February 27, 2021 6:54 am

If Gates didn’t undertake this type of misdirection salesmanship, just think how much trouble the eco-extremists could cause because of the huge CO2 footprint of his enormous server farms.

David Stone
February 27, 2021 6:56 am

Bill has lost his marbles, but unfortunately not his money. Who denies that money talks, even if it scientific nonsense?

Bill Rocks
February 27, 2021 8:42 am

Just saw him on CNN. Everything he said is BS.

February 27, 2021 8:45 am

During the last glacial cycle earth’s CO2 level fell to 180ppm.
That’s just 30ppm above the “Death Zone” for plants.
Plants are the base of the food chain for all life on earth.
The CO2 level basement has fallen with each successive glacial maximum cycle.
We are well over the average time interglacial warm periods last, by around 3000 years.
So, the next era will start soon (on the geologic clock), and it will be the Big Long Cold.
The best man can do for the long term survival of life.
Is to pump as much CO2 into our atmosphere as possible.
Bill Gates is a smart man. But deluded, and ignorant outside of his box.

Gordon A. Dressler
February 27, 2021 5:37 pm

Hey, Bill . . . not only that, the sky will be falling too.

Steve Case
February 28, 2021 2:44 am

Paul Joseph Watson – It’s OK when Bill does it You Tube:

3:15 “…it’s time you lived in an environmentally friendly sewer pipe…”

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