What are Bill Gates and Elon Musk arguing about this time around? Who is the best to save the world | Arwa Mahdawi
Bmillionaires should not exist. I am a firm believer that all billionaires are political failures and that their very existence is immoral. That said, if I accidentally became a billionaire, I think I’d be good enough to be richer than God. I relaxed on my yacht, drank champagne and didn’t care what other people thought of me.
True billionaires are not very good at this last point. Sitting on mountains of dubious gains doesn’t seem to be enough for them. On the contrary, many high-profile billionaires seem desperate that we plebs revere them as benevolent “philanthropists”; understand that they’re not avoiding taxes and hoarding because they’re greedy, no, it’s because they’re saving the world. Apparently, it’s impossible to do this quietly or cooperatively: they’re also all busy trying to loudly outdo each other when it comes to saving the world.
See as the latest example of brash billionaire ‘benevolence’, the feud between Elon Musk and Bill Gates (who didn’t let one of the world’s highest carbon footprints stop him from becoming a moral authority on environment) on who is giving more money to the climate crisis. The two men have been feuding for years now, with Musk accusing Gates of not being serious about tackling the climate crisis because he shorted Tesla shares. However, the dispute escalated over the weekend, after Gates informed a French journalist that he gave “a lot more money to climate change than Elon or anyone else”. So the! Musk responded by tweeting “Sigh” – which was pretty restrained given his history of vulgar tweets about Gates.
Imagine having so much money and spending your free time on silly little squabbles. Seriously, what’s wrong with these people? I am not a psychologist; I can’t answer that. But, I can say that if these guys really care about the climate crisis, they should stop spreading so much hot air and pay more taxes.