notes: More excerpts:
Bill Gates sees the transformative potential of low-cost energy. "Cheaper energy would be on the list of the three or four things you would want for the poorest people in the world," he said Tuesday at the 2012 Energy Innovation Summit, sponsored by ARPA-E, the Department of Energy's three-year-old advanced energy research agency. . .
But energy innovation is hard and requires more investment. Gates called energy research "greatly underfunded," saying we should be spending twice as much....
In Gates's view, the prospect of failure does not preclude tackling ambitious projects. . .
He has even provided some funding for research into geoengineering, something he characterized as a drastic step that might one day have to be considered if our energy practices don't change fast enough. Drawing an analogy, he asked, "Is heart surgery preferable to a good diet? Of course not. Let's go for the good diet."
A variation on geoengineering: Why quit smoking? Relax. We can always get lung surgery and chemo! What could possibly go wrong?
Diet and exercise? Too hard! I've got a plan: When I get sick, I'll just go get a gastric bypass and a heart transplant. My uncle did that, and he's doing fine.
Source: From "Bill Gates Calls for More Energy Research," The Energy Collective, 3/1/12.