The fund, which one of the people described as the largest such effort in history, is meant to pay for research and development of new clean-energy technologies. It will include contributions from other billionaires and philanthropies, as well as a commitment by the United States and other participating nations to double their budget for clean energy research and development, according to the people with knowledge of the plans, who asked not to be identified because they were not authorized to discuss the fund.
I realized recently that Bill Gates is the closest thing (at least, that I’m aware of) that the Democratic Party has as a counterpart to the Koch Brothers. Which is something that concerns me, because even though I find the actual methodology of the Koch Brothers despicable, what if it turns out to be a more effective way of enacting change? What if they’re right about how to enforce their views on the world?
Sure, we can get on our high horse about the fact that the big money on our side of the aisle goes to charity and public-good R&D, but the moral high ground doesn’t mean much when you’ve lost everything else.