Why did I love this book?
I don’t know about you, but I am exhausted by all of the negative news coverage about climate change as a disaster. I was particularly excited to see Gates write a book focused on solutions and actions we can take to avoid a climate disaster. Real solutions to climate change are complex and require global cooperation, a large team of experts, and political influence.
Up until this book I was disappointed in Gates' take on renewable energy. Gates closely matched Vaclav Smil’s dated point of view on renewables, assuming they are an expensive technology that will never significantly influence our energy production mix. In hindsight, Gates and Smil were wrong and thankfully Gates changed his point of view in this book. He suggests that we ramp up on renewable energies like solar, wind, and energy storage as fast as possible.
I like this book because it maps out the clearest path towards reversing climate change, covering necessary policy changes to technological innovations.