Bill Gates is facing sharp criticism from an infrastructure advocacy group for his persistent use of private jets despite his vocal claims for climate change mitigation efforts. Grow America’s Infrastructure Now posted a video on social media that brings up an issue around the carbon emissions of private jets used by billionaires, including Gates, Jeff Bezos, and Michael Bloomberg.
The video also features footage of Gates claiming that his private jet travel does not contradict his climate change initiatives because he is investing billions in the cause. CEO of Tesla, Elon Musk, reacted to the video on Twitter by criticizing Gates for taking a short position against Tesla while claiming to support electric vehicle initiatives.
In a leaked conversation between Musk and Gates, the two clashed over philanthropy and climate change, with Musk accusing Gates of gaining profits from a fall in Tesla’s stock. Gates defended his short position in Tesla in a recent interview, claiming that it does not harm Musk or the company.
However, Bloomberg reported that Musk has been a frequent flier in private jets, with some flights lasting as little as 13 minutes, which brings up questions about his commitment to mitigating the climate crisis.
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The controversy surrounding private jet use by Gates and Musk brings attention to the widely debatable issue of personal convenience over environmental responsibility. As the climate crisis continues to make headlines, individuals and companies are still struggling to question their own actions and make necessary changes to reduce their carbon footprint.