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Bill Gates calls for huge outlays on moonshot green energy projects

Microsoft founder tackles pressing issues that transcend national boundaries

Bill Gates has invested "in many, many, many battery companies" in his pursuit of eliminating "the green energy premium." (File photo by John Keatley)

TOKYO -- Bill Gates, who founded Microsoft in the 1970s, today is focusing his philanthropy on two of the world's biggest threats, the COVID-19 pandemic and global warming.

In an interview with Nikkei and other Asia-Pacific news organizations, Gates did not shy away from controversial topics, such as his insistence that the world pursue fourth-generation nuclear reactors as a source of clean energy. He also expressed his disappointment at being the target of COVID-19 conspiracy theories.

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