A.w.N. | Stories like this sicken me on so many levels. From the point of view of the writer it of course is an awful thing that such a rich=powerful man like Bill Gates is so heavily invested in fossil fuels. We all know that fossil fuels pollute and that it is a terribly vicious industry with much blood and environmental destruction on its hands, but while thats sickening enough I see so much more. For one there is the implication that Bill Gates (in his attempts to rule Africa) is somehow more noble than the average bear. And yet here he is shattering people dreams of a noble rich man entering the eye of a needle. Bill Gates is not a savior, in fact the products he has turned into billions of dollars are laid out all over Ghana polluting and causing cancer. Rather than supporting the people of the earth he vicariously supports big pharama and oil.
The thing that bothers me the most about articles like this one is the notion that people like Bill Gates would not invest in oil. It is the nature of people in power to use every available resource to remain in power. There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that regardless of how much oil you are convinced to give up, the military and like parties will use up every last drop of oil as required by future conflicts. I do not know whether the whole topic of global warming is a fabrication, but the idea that we are going to stop using the most valuable resource ever discovered is absurd.
Underlying this article is the sense that the writer and others expected better from Bill Gates, but people like Bill Gates usually believe they are above moral laws. In their brains and the upper upper class circles of these multi billionaires they can do no wrong. Morality is what they say it is. By this I mean that it is irrelevant whether they invest in oil for their personal character, for them it is your responsibility to not drive a car or heat your house with it if you don't like it. A man like Bill Gates is playing a game with his friends to see who can amass the most funds and inflate his head the largest, and oil is a fine investment for the amassing of wealth. His contributions to charity do not impress me, they make me wonder what his end goal is (King of Africa?). If he is so noble I wonder why he still has 1.4 billion to invest in oil, if he is so charitable should he not have a modest sum of money? Should he not have bought back large tracts of Africa for the Africans if he really has their interest at heart? Why are his charitable efforts tied to big business, and not helping people reclaim their land? Something like this only lays clear that Bill Gates is not on the side of hummanity, or the earth, he is on the side of his family and whatever group he answers to. If enough people make Mr. Gates fear for his legacy, perhaps he will hide his investments better.
Finally, I am once again reading that global warming is the major threat, while in reality is one of a GREAT MANY threats. The only thing that makes global warming different is that it frees up cheaper oil for the likes of Bill Gates and keeps it from over consumption by the global population.
Revealed | Gates Foundation's $1.4 billion in fossil fuel investments
The charity run by Bill and Melinda Gates, who say the threat of climate change is so serious that immediate action is needed, held at least $1.4bn (£1bn) of investments in the world’s biggest fossil fuel companies, according to a Guardian analysis of the charity’s most recent tax filing in 2013. The companies include BP, responsible for the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, Anadarko Petroleum, which was recently forced to pay a $5bn environmental clean-up charge and Brazilian mining company Vale, voted the corporation with most “contempt for the environment and human rights” in the world clocking over 25,000 votes in the Public Eye annual awards.