Microsoft co-founder and US philanthropist Bill Gates today called for a vote on an initiative on climate change that is being put to the vote in the November 6 election in Washington State.
On the 1631 initiative, Gates said in a statement on his foundation's blog that it is "the most difficult problem that humanity has faced."
Although at first he doubted whether a state could help climate change, the billionaire said that if the measure goes forward, it would help boost the effort to prevent the planet from becoming disastrously hot.
"I am not interested in attacking the companies that provide the affordable and reliable energy of our economy, but before 50 years we must reduce the global net emissions of greenhouse gases," Gates asked.
The 1631 initiative wants to enact a rate of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of $ 15 per metric ton of carbon as of January 1, 2020.
Also increase the rate by two dollars per year until the state's greenhouse gas reduction targets are met, and use the revenues to fund various environmental-related programs.
Gates said he is involved with a private fund, Breakthrough Energy Ventures, which is investing more than $ 1 billion to help create new companies to develop those advances.
Using the example of the state of Washington in launching pioneering ideas, he highlighted all the benefits of this measure by propping up nuclear and hydroelectric power, improving the role of the state as a leader in innovation and, above all, accelerating progress in solutions for climate change.
His statement comes a day after the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), presented a report asking that CO2 emissions should be reduced by 45% from the date until 2030.