This article does not follow the Gates-worshiping herd:
“The [Gates Foundation] even reports having a $5.3 million bond holding in
Energy Transfer Operating, which is a partial owner
of the Dakota Access pipeline
—the subject of a very high-profile divestment
There is much more, well worth reading, in today’s article by
Tim Schwab, The Nation, 16 February 2021,
Bill Gates, Climate Warrior. And Super Emitter:
The billionaire’s new book, a bid to be taken seriously as a climate campaigner, has attracted the usual worshipful coverage. When will the media realize that with Gates you have to follow the money?
See below for where I’m quoted about Gates’ farmland investments. But first, more about pipelines.
As we dug up back in 2016, the same company, Enbridge, is part owner of both the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) and the Sabal Trail fracked methane pipeline that gouged under our Withlacoochee, Suwannee, Santa Fe, and Withlacoochee (south) Rivers in south Georgia and north Florida,
destroying farmlands and forests along the way.
We held and participated in numerous demonstrations about
#NoDAPL, #NoSabalTrail, as well as other actions, including a legal case in Florida
and feeding information to the case Sierra Club won in U.S. District Court.
We continue to advocate against expansion of Sabal Trail, and to report on its leaks and other damage.
Stop Sabal Trail from the Suwannee,
in #NoDAPL #NoSabalTrail @ Suwannee River State Park 2016-09-13
The article does not go easy on Gates or his Foundation,
for example referring to the book he just published about climate change.
In his book, Gates several times praises the young people and
activists who have energized climate politics—even drawing
parallels to successful protests against the Vietnam War and
divestment campaigns against South African apartheid. Yet Gates
doesn’t seriously engage with these political movements, and seems
oblivious to ways that they’ve pushed the mainstream conversation on
climate change beyond the technical question of how to reduce carbon
emissions—Gates’s narrow focus—to interrogate the
political systems and economic models that, for example, channel
climate change’s greatest impacts toward the poor and people of
Anthony Rogers-Wright, director of environmental justice for the New
York Lawyers for the Public Interest, notes that even Joe
Biden—a “centrist, neoliberal
president”—understands that issues like equity and
justice are central to climate change, as is evident in a recent
that mentions the term “environmental
justice” 27 times. In Gates’s 250-page book, the term is
“These billionaires, the best they could do, some would say,
would be to be stop their foundations and pay their fair share of
taxes,” says Continue reading