Thank you, Factotum, for a truly awesome response. Last night after I rediscovered the video, I watched the beginning half again and all the rest. Interesting that it already has 150,000 views and the comments are turned off. Must be controversial.
I generally agree with everything you wrote. He was so adamant about some pretty bold statements that I wanted him to justify. And he was so dismissive of things like the risk of nuclear.
When I was in college, I told a few friends that I was going to change my major from geophysics to nuclear, because I thought oil & coal were dirty and dangerous. I made many of the arguments then that he is making now. But I blinked when I thought about how no matter how safe nuclear really is, the public will always think of nuclear bombs. I’ve wondered what a career in nuclear would have meant for me.
Bill Gates seems to be making cogent arguments without the bombast, but I get the feeling that even he is losing faith after the administration decided he can’t build a pilot with the Chinese.