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Sorry, Bill Gates—billionaires’ quick fixes won’t solve climate change

The super-rich want to fund quick fixes because the real solutions could cost them. But their schemes stand to do real harm

By Adam McGibbon  

Bill Gates with Former New York mayor and United Nations special envoy for cities and climate change, Michael Bloomberg. Photo: PA

Everyone calm down—Bill Gates is here to save us from climate change, apparently—as reported this week in the Guardian.

The Microsoft billionaire is bankrolling a plan to suck the greenhouse gas CO2 out of the atmosphere. Giant fans will extract the gas and use it to make “clean fuel.” Outside a small town in western Canada, a Gates-funded prototype sits, extracting a tonne of C02 a day from…

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