Bill Gates on R&D, a Carbon Tax and China's Climate Role - NYTimes.com
We need both a market push (R&D funding) and market pull by having a price on carbon. Pricing carbon emissions would help in many ways. It would encourage increased efficiency, increased deployment, more private R&D and provide funding for government R&D. More efficient use of energy is important. There are a lot of great efficiency approaches like building standards, and Cafe standards that can make a difference.Bill Gates' house - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The 66,000 sq ft house is noted for its design and the technology it incorporates. It is nicknamed Xanadu 2.0.Bill Gate's House
In 2009, property taxes were reported to be US $1.063 million on a total assessed value of US$147.5 million.
The house is a modern design in the Pacific lodge style, with classic features such as a large private library with a dome shaped roof and oculus (light well). The house also features an estate-wide server system running Windows and heated floors and driveways. Guests wear pins that upon entrance of a room automatically adjust temperature, music, and lighting based on the guest's preferences, according to the narration in the virtual tour below.
Not surprisingly, the typical monthly electric bill is also expensive — it averages $30000.New Jet Eases Travel Hassles For Bill Gates - NYTimes.com
Earlier this month, Mr. Gates broke down and bought himself a $21 million private jet. [2012 update: Now $40M]Warren Buffett: Obama carbon-tax idea 'regressive': The Swamp
During his three-hour appearance on CNBC today, Warren Buffett, the world's most famous investor, described the cap-and-trade plan to limit greenhouse gas emissions which President Barack Obama included in its recent budget proposal as a "pretty regressive" tax.