TED has rushed out the video on Bill Gates' Climate Talk:
Interested to hear what folks think, getting a chance to see it first-hand.
I don't think we have the luxury of waiting 20 years to understand it all.
We need to do stuff now. And we know more than enough to do it.
It is not ignorance that is the problem but vested interests.
I feel that most of the media coverage focused too heavily on the nuclear aspect of his talk, and indeed the Q&A afterward was largely focused on this technology. Watching the actual talk, it seems that while Bill Gates may have picked his favorite he allows that it will take a lot of effort in many areas to get down to zero, which I appreciated. I do hope he can get the Traveling Wave Reactor technology to a feasible point soon, but I'm hesitant to pin all hopes on one thing.
I'd also like to point out that relying just on reducing Carbon per unit energy may not be the best way of going about it. The reductions in energy per service should not be so quickly written off. 70% reductions in two areas (Energy per service and Carbon per energy) is likely a lot easier than the equivalent 91% reduction in only one. I think it's going to take effort on all fronts.