Bill Gates took some jibes at fellow billionaire Elon Musk in a new interview, saying he dismisses the SpaceX founder’s efforts to go to Mars as a waste of money, while hailing the Tesla CEO as a great philanthropist.
The BBC recently asked the Microsoft co-founder whether he believed Musk would ever join the club of mega-rich donors like Gates, Warren Buffett of Berkshire Hathaway and Jeff Bezos of Amazon, who have given away most of their wealth to charity.
“I think someday he’ll be a great philanthropist,” Gates said of Musk, “obviously, you know, things like Tesla are having a positive impact—even if not as a form of philanthropy.” At the end of the day, I don’t think he’ll — other than going to Mars a few times, I don’t think he’ll spend it on himself, Gates continued. Someday I think he will use his ingenuity to join the ranks of philanthropists.
Gates told BBC interviewer Amol Rajan that he does not believe Musk’s mission to colonize the Red Planet is a good use of funds, adding that making vaccines available to those in need should be a higher priority. Bill Gates said he does not believe Elon Musk’s mission to colonize the Red Planet is a good use of funds, adding that providing vaccines to those in need should be a higher priority.
Gates said, going to Mars is really very expensive. You can buy the measles vaccine and save a life for $1,000 a life saved, and so that’s kind of your basis for, like — don’t go to Mars. Elon Musk and Gates have had differences in the past. Last year, Musk confirmed that he turned down Gates’ offer to collaborate on philanthropic efforts to combat climate change.
Musk told Gates after leaked texts between the two that he can’t take him seriously when he takes a massive position against Tesla. The company is making the most efforts to solve climate change. Musk then trolled Gates with a snarky tweet that compared a picture of the Microsoft co-founder to a pregnant person emoji. Elon Musk later said that he “moved from mocking Gates to putting down Tesla while claiming to support climate change action.
But since then, Gates has also praised Musk, and publicly stated that the Tesla CEO should not be underestimated after Twitter’s $44 billion acquisition. You don’t want to underestimate Elon. What they did at Tesla is amazing, helping climate change, what they did at SpaceX, Gates said on the Today Show in May 2022. Will he improve this time? Elon thinks he can improve Twitter. I don’t know what it will do specifically, but there is an opportunity and we need innovation in that space.
Elon Musk has never been one to mince words and he was as blunt as ever when he reacted to Bill Gates’ latest move to harness the power of hydrogen. But this time Bill may have dropped the ball and Elon was quick to point that out as Elon responded to a tweet from Bill Gates asking him to solve climate change using hydrogen energy to generate laughs.
Cheap clean hydrogen would be a huge breakthrough, we have tons of uses for it, if we could bottle up the tooth fairy and clone Santa Claus and replace public transport with unicorns, we’d be all good, one Twitter user asked Elon. Commenting on Musk’s emoji response in response to The Times’ expressed skepticism about hydrogen’s role in the planned transition to a more sustainable future, calling it the stupidest thing that could possibly be imagined for energy storage.
help accelerate the transition from fossil fuels during an interview at the Future of the Car Financial Time summit no he replied I really can’t stress this enough the number of times I’ve been asked about hydrogen, whether That’s over a hundred times, maybe 200 times, he said. It’s important to understand that hydrogen is a poor choice if you want a means of energy storage. Elon also said that keeping the hydrogen in liquid form would require huge tanks.
Expanding his argument, he added that it would require even larger tanks to store the gaseous form. Hydrogen fuel is produced by combining the compound with oxygen in an environmentally friendly process that does not rely on carbon sources. , It has been on the market for many years and is used for internal combustion vehicles such as buses and electric. Small-scale passenger cars Although hydrogen is a renewable resource, critics say it is highly volatile and highly flammable in the gaseous state because it is less dense than gasoline.
It has to be compressed and stored at low temperatures to ensure its effectiveness, converting hydrogen into electricity is a process that requires the energy-intensive effort of separating hydrogen from oxygen and the use of fossil fuels. When required, the process is also expensive and inefficient compared to other forms of energy, whether renewable or not. Many critics argue that the hydrogen industry is a major obstacle for oil and gas companies to adopt renewable energy sources such as solar and wind.
Elon has a long history of expressing strong opinions on hydrogen and hydrogen fuel cells, dating back to when the topic of hydrogen fuel cells came up during a discussion with reporters at the Automotive News World Congress a few years ago. came in front. As for being extremely silly of him he tweeted in June 2020 of equivalent fuel cells and t hat hydrogen fuel cells in July, according to his most recent comments that don’t make sense, he still talks a lot about hydrogen Suspiciously, it does not occur naturally on Earth.
so you have to split the water with electrolysis or the hydrocarbons when you’re breaking down the hydrocarbons they explained to the Financial Times you haven’t really solved the fossil fuel problem and the efficiency of electrolysis is a war because the hydrogen atom exists by itself they are almost always attached to another atom. Often another element. Hydrogen is especially abundant on Earth in the form of water or H2O. Hydrogen is euphemistically referred to by different colors depending on how it was created.
through electrolysis which involves passing electricity through a substance to force a chemical change, in this case the splitting of H2O into hydrogen and oxygen when the energy used for electrolysis is wind water or solar as it comes from renewable sources, it is called green hydrogen. Blue hydrogen is hydrogen produced from natural gas using a steam methane reforming process in which natural gas is combined with superheated steam over a catalyst.
A chemical reaction occurs that results in hydrogen and carbon monoxide. When water is added to the mix, the carbon monoxide is converted to carbon dioxide and more hydrogen if the carbon dioxide emissions are captured and stored underground. , then the process is considered carbon neutral and the hydrogen produced is called blue hydrogen, although blue hydrogen is flawed because natural gas production is essentially the result of methane emissions from methane leaks that result from the methane leak drilling extraction and transportation process. Methane doesn’t last as long in the atmosphere as carbon dioxide.
But it is a more potent greenhouse gas, with one ton of methane equivalent to 28 to 36 tons of carbon dioxide over a 100-year period, according to the International Energy Agency. Yellow hydrogen is energy produced to power the hydrogen grid through electrolysis. Carbon emissions vary greatly depending on the sources of power used. Gray hydrogen is made by reforming natural gas like blue hydrogen, but without any attempt to capture the carbon dioxide by-products. The pink hydrogen is the hydrogen atom. – Produced through powered electrolysis, which on the other hand does not emit carbon dioxide.
Nuclear power generates radioactive waste that has to be stored safely for thousands of years, turquoise hydrogen is hydrogen produced by methane lysis or the use of heat in reactors or blast furnaces to split methane into hydrogen and solid carbon. is also in its early stages of commercialization and its climate-conscious value hinges on using clean energy to power reactors and physical carbon storage, according to Daryl Wilson, executive director of the Hydrogen Council, a group of industry CEOs.
This needs to be updated and made more specific. The color scheme is not helpful in that it is not getting across the main point, which is the environmental merits of the hydrogen produced. The key issue, Wilson said, is how to track specific CO2 intensities. There should be a method to do and declare. Most of the hydrogen you’re dealing with today is supplied from fossil fuels. Electrolysis is bad he said financial times you are actually spending a lot of energy splitting the water into resins and oxygen so you have to separate the hydrogen and oxygen and pressurize it.
It also takes a lot of energy and if you have to liquefy hydrogen then oh my god the amount of energy needed to make hydrogen and turn it into liquid form is staggering. For energy storage I can probably imagine that the main disadvantage of hydrogen is its high cost. The cost of producing hydrogen from natural gas is approximately one dollar and fifty cents per kilogram. The cost of clean hydrogen is around $5 per kilogram. The Department of Energy has launched the Hydrogen Shot program in June 2021, aiming to reduce the cost of clean hydrogen to $1 per kilogram within a decade.
Lowering the cost of clean hydrogen would be a big step toward solving the climate. Bill Gates, who is also the founder of Breakthrough Energy Ventures, said that the goal of reducing the premium by 80 percent is fantastic and ambitious, while green hydrogen is critical to decarbonizing ships and aircraft that could be heavy industry and Maybe store. Energy, it is not efficient for use as one. Haworth is one of 22 members of the New York Climate Action Council, tasked with developing an implementation plan for the state’s decarbonization plan mandated by law by summer, according to the Robert W. Haworth Professor of Ecology and Environmental Biology at Cornell University.
In 2020 stakeholders in the natural gas industry proposed using blue hydrogen in existing natural gas pipeline infrastructure to heat homes, but in August Haworth and Stanford professor Mark Jacobson published a research paper showing that it was a bad idea. Paul Martin, a chemical process development expert and member of the Hydrogen Science Alliance, Haworth, said emissions and currently cannot be used except in a small percentage of T gas systems, which replace electric-powered heat pumps for heating.
The process of compressing hydrogen and then converting that compressed hydrogen back into electrical or mechanical energy is wildly inefficient, it’s worth putting up with a battery with a lot of problems because a fantastic 90 percent of what you put into it is what Martin said. Only 37 percent of the energy used to produce and store the hydrogen is recovered, so 63 percent of the energy you put in is lost and that’s the best case scenario for the people who actually do it. They are the fossil fuel industry behind the hydrogen push because what are they going to do without the fossil fuel industry without it?
Originally a petroleum chemicals and materials business that accounts for about 25 percent of the current business, Martin believes the pursuit of green hydrogen is still important for all its other applications, such as industrial processes and the Haber Bosch process, which converts hydrogen and nitrogen. converts to ammonia. For use in fertilizer in the last century, the Haber Bosch process is credited with helping to feed and increase food production on a large scale. Bill Gates and the United States government are committed to the continued development of the hydrogen industry despite the hydrogen energy controversy surrounding the world’s rapidly growing population.
This is only poised to worsen the relationship between Elon and Gates and it is insane to think that things could get any worse between the two billionaires. Elon and Bill Gates recently had a public spat on climate change over the entire Mars list. A Twitter user shared the two billionaires’ purported chat conversation, which Elon later confirmed in a separate tweet, so apparently Bill Gates hit up Elon Musk to discuss climate change philanthropy, but Elon asked That’s still a half billion dollar shortfall on Tesla.
So Elon asked him to get lost, if it was true the tweet user tagged Elon Musk to post the screenshot of the alleged conversation, if it was true Elon replied saying yes, but I took it from New York didn’t leak to the Times, they must have gotten it through friends of friends. I heard from several people at TED that Gates still has half a billion less than Tesla, which is why I asked him. So it’s not exactly top secret that the future of clean hydrogen may be debatable.
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