Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates believes that “rockets aren’t the solution” while talking about sending humans into space and exploring Mars. In an interview with CNBC, Gates was talking about Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk and was full of praise for him. “It’s important to say that what Elon did with Tesla is one of the greatest contributions to climate change anyone’s ever made,” Gates said about Musk. He also said that “underestimating Elon is not a good idea.”
While Gates believes that Tesla and other companies are doing great work but it’s on “easy stuff like passenger cars.” He believes that there is a need to look beyond that. “ “We’re basically not doing enough on the hard stuff: steel, cement, meat,” he said. “And sadly, the things people think about — the electricity, passenger cars — are a third of the problem,” he told CNBC.
The co-founder of Microsoft was also not high on space travel and said that he would rather spend money on measles vaccines.“I’m not going to pay a lot of money because my foundation can buy measles vaccines and save a life for $1,000. So anything I do, I always think, OK, I could spend that $1,000 buying measles vaccine.”
Meanwhile, Musk isn’t a ‘fan’ of Gates as such. In the past, he has said that Gates has no clue about electric trucks. Musk has also said that he found Gates “underwhelming” when he spoke to him.