These controversies were pale abstractions compared with the weather - which, for much of the United States, involved punishing snowstorms. No matter that North America represents less than five percent of the earth's surface, or that global-warming theory predicts increased precipitation as ocean water evaporates, or that this year's storms along the Eastern Seaboard are likely due to a change in weather patterns caused by the dramatic warming of Greenland. It's hard to accept that things are heating up when one is digging out, as the Virginia Republican Party mockingly put it, from "twelve inches of global warming."[Bill Gates] didn't debate the science of global warming, and he didn't focus on looming catastrophes. Instead he talked about solutions. "We need energy miracles," he said. The world needs to produce zero carbon emissions by 2050, according to Gates, phasing out the use of coal and natural gas. The world's new energy portfolio, he said, would consist of nuclear, wind and solar power, in addition to new solutions that emerge in a period of intense, focused, well -funded research that must begin right now.
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