We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
In warm climate periods people flourish, in cold climate periods people struggle or perish. What else would you expect from a population control freak. He's right up there with Paul Ehrlich and other reigning climate maestros.
His murderous Mongol armies were responsible for the massacre of as many as 40 million people. Even today, his name remains a byword for brutality and terror. But boy, was Genghis green.
Genghis Khan, in fact, may have been not just the greatest warrior but the greatest eco-warrior of all time, according to a study by the Carnegie Institution's Department of Global Energy. It has concluded that the 13th-century Mongol leader's bloody advance, laying waste to vast swaths of territory and wiping out entire civilisations en route, may have scrubbed 700m tonnes of carbon from the atmosphere – roughly the quantity of carbon dioxide generated in a year through global petrol consumption – by allowing previously populated and cultivated land to return to carbon-absorbing forest.
Gates is the perfect example of someone who is very bright and accomplished in one particular area (software business) but is totally controlled by his fears from something in an area he knows nothing about (climate science).
Those fears have caused him to become a zealot, manipulated by the worst fearmongers and opportunists from that field. Normally, this wouldn't be a big problem, but because he has so much wealth and therefore influence, it makes everything he does a potential existential disaster for the rest of us. He's like a walking, talking nuclear bomb whose timer is going but nobody knows how much time is left on it.