Again, Microsoft founder, Bill Gates has said that he is committed to the fight against climate change and has invested in the cause more than Elon Musk.
In an interview with French YouTuber HugoDécrypte, Gates defended his record on climate change philanthropy and questioned the benefit of electric vehicles.
He said, “I give a lot more to climate change than Elon or anyone else,” Gates said. “I give a lot of philanthropic dollars, I back companies – you know electric cars are about 16% of emissions, so we also need to solve that other 84%.”
He added that somebody shorting the stock doesn’t slow him down or hurt him in any way.
In his response to Gate’s interview on Twitter, Musk simply “Sighed.”
Musk spoke of how he refused a philanthropic donation from Gates because the Tesla CEO heard he had a $500 million “short”, or bet, against the company, which Musk said meant Gates wasn’t serious about climate change.
Recall that Musk, who is the SpaceX and Tesla boss, initially confirmed leaked texts in April which showed an exchange between him and Gates, with Musk saying that the rise in Tesla’s share price meant the bet was now worth $2 billion.
In the interview, Gates was further quoted as saying that he hadn’t joined Musk’, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos’ and Virgin Group founder Richard Branson’s “space race” because he was more concerned with tackling illnesses such as measles and malaria.
Story was adapted from Yahoo News.
Here is link to the interview.