by Zero Hedge

Bill Gates’ campaign to rehabilitate his public image in the wake of his divorce from ex-wife Melinda French formally began earlier this month when Gates sat for a softball interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper. It continued Thursday with another interview (this time with the conservative-leaning WSJ) where the Microsoft founder pledged to invest $1.5 billion in a series of public-private partnerships set up to develop new green technologies, like devices that suck carbon out of the atmosphere, or emissions-free jet fuel.

The statement was clearly timed to coincide with the Senate’s passage of the “compromise” infrastructure bill, which, if passed by the House, would dedicate $25 billion to the Department of Energy for the development of new technologies and prototypes to help fight climate change, part of $100 billion in climate change-fighting funds tucked into the bill.

Gates explained to WSJ that the money would be provided over a period of three years by a fund Gates has named “Breakthrough Energy”. These “Breakthrough” projects will focus on finding market-based solutions to climate change. To be sure, Gates’ grants will need to compete for the matching DoE funds with other private sources (but considering Gates’s vast connections in Washington, we will be shocked if the matching funds aren’t approved)

He also seized the opportunity to praise the Dems for their dedication to fighting climate change, while also spouting boilerplate language about being “dedicated” to the cause.

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