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比尔·盖茨跟特朗普都聊了些什么?

财富中文网 2016年12月19日

微软联合创始人比尔·盖茨公开了与特朗普谈到的部分话题,主要关于创新和对抗气候变化。

从彭博新闻社的一篇采访看,对于候任总统特朗普治下的美国清洁能源革新前景,微软联合创始人比尔·盖茨并没有完全失去希望。盖茨表示,两周前和特朗普在电话里讨论了八分钟,话题涉及投资和慈善事业。据盖茨所说,谈话并非毫无成果。

最近拥有亿万身家的科技企业家盖茨成立了一只10亿美元规模的基金,目标是尽可能杜绝温室气体排放。

“我主要想推动的是创新机会,不仅在能源行业,也覆盖医药和教育领域,”盖茨向彭博表示,“而且希望强调气候变化很重要,美国领导人应该充分重视。”

美国电商巨头亚马逊的联合创始人兼首席执行官杰夫·贝佐斯、风投资本家约翰·杜尔和阿里巴巴集团创始人马云等等亿万富翁也都很赞同盖茨,以及盖茨旗下的“突破能源风险投资基金”(Breakthrough Energy Ventures Fund)。大佬们希望通过资助开发廉价的清洁能源实现环保。

盖茨承认,特朗普执政期间,美国“联邦政府一级”对推动可再生能源发展“很可能不会很积极”。他认为若果真如此会很“遗憾”。但他预计联邦政府对研发的投资会增加。他向彭博透露:“两党在能源政策方面最一致的是加大能源研发(研究与开发)力度。”

至于特朗普对气候变化的观点,盖茨也未完全悲观。特朗普不相信气候变化是人为导致,认为不过是一场“骗局”,并打算任命同样否认气候变化的人担任主管官员。“创新可能是两党共同的(诉求)。我们应该尽己所能。”盖茨对彭博说。

据路透社报道,风能与太阳能行业的游说组织寄望于疏通共和党议员,希望特朗普明年1月就任后,国会能支持保留可再生能源项目的税收优惠。 (财富中文网)

作者:Kevin Lui

译者:Pessy

审校:夏林

It seems that Bill Gates hasn’t lost all hope about the prospects for clean energy innovation in the U.S. under the incoming President Donald Trump, according to an interview with Bloomberg. The Microsoft co-founder said that he presented part of his agenda on investment and philanthropy in an eight-minute phone call with Trump two weeks ago. And according to Gates, the call was not entirely unproductive.

The billionaire tech entrepreneur has recently launched a billion-dollar initiative aiming to eliminate almost all greenhouse gas emissions.

“The key point I was pushing there was the opportunity for innovation in not only energy but also medicine and education,” Gates told Bloomberg, “and encouraging the idea that that’s a great deal and a great thing for American leadership.”

Fellow billionaires on board with Gates’ Breakthrough Energy Ventures Fund, which hopes to achieve its goal by financing the development of affordable clean energy solutions, include Amazon Co-Founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, venture capitalist John Doerr and Alibaba Founder Jack Ma.

Gates did acknowledge that the U.S. “will probably see at the federal level less incentives for” renewable energy during the Trump administration, a development which he called “unfortunate.” But he predicted increased investment in research and development, telling Bloomberg that “the most bipartisan piece of energy policy has been a commitment to energy R&D [research and development].”

He was not entirely pessimistic either about the way forward in the face of Trump’s views—he does not believe in man made climate change, calling it a “hoax”—and his slew of appointments of fellow climate change deniers. “Innovations could be bipartisan. We should all do our best,” Gates told Bloomberg.

According to Reuters, lobby groups for the wind and solar energy industry are hoping that by reaching out to Republicans, it could result in congressional support for retaining tax credits for renewable energy projects, even as Trump prepares to take office in January.

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