From the November 2 edition of Premiere Radio Networks' The Rush Limbaugh Show:
RUSH LIMBAUGH: Did you see what Bill Gates did? See what Bill Gates said? This is one of the craziest, nonsensical things I have ever in my life heard. I understand why he said it. But it is just over the top unbelievable. Bill Gates says that capitalism cannot save us from climate change. Bill Gates says that socialism is the only thing that can save us from climate change. The world's richest man, Bill Gates, has said that the private sector is too selfish and inefficient to produce effective energy alternatives to fossil fuels. While announcing his plan to spend $2 billion of his own money on green energy during an interview with The Atlantic, the founder of Microsoft called on fellow billionaires to help make the U.S. fossil-free by 2050 with similar philanthropy.
[Gates] said, “the climate problem has to be solved in the rich countries. China and the U.S. and Europe have to solve CO2 emissions, and when they do, hopefully they'll make it cheap enough for everyone else.” China? China and the U.S. and Europe? Europe's being overrun at the moment and I doubt that they have much on the mind over there, other than self-preservation. But, nevertheless, CO2 emissions are a straw dog anyway. CO2 emissions, greenhouse gas, all of this is made up phony-baloney, good time rock-and-roller hoax material. Why is Bill Gates signing on to this? There is an explanation for this. But man, oh man, he has so signed on -- he goes out and makes these patently ridiculous statements? Let me share with you a theory that I have, ladies and gentlemen. It could be wrong. I think every person who has earned or has inherited or who has acquired, whatever manner, immense wealth is scared to death of losing it. The entrepreneur who slaves away and eventually hits the big payday, one of the first thoughts is, “gosh I hope somebody doesn't come along and take this away from me.” And the fear manifests itself in the form of government. “Gee, I hope they don't come up with a wealth tax. Gee, I hope they don't start confiscating everybody's money because they've so spent themselves into debt.” I mean these are ongoing, constant fears. “Gee I hope the peasants with pitchforks leave me alone and don't storm my castle.” I don't care what it is, these super-wealthy people have a fear, or did at one time, of losing it -- having it taken away, have it taken from them. It is that belief of mine, in that theory, which I have come up with to explain why people like Gates and Buffett and a number of these other super billionaires talk like Marxist liberals all the time. It is to keep people away from their money. It is to send the message, hey we don't threaten you, leave me alone. I'm spending all my money on philanthropy, I'm giving money to AIDS, I'm giving money to Africa, I'm giving money to global warming, I'm giving money to this, I'm giving money to the arts, I'm giving money to support gay marriage and transgenders, leave me alone. It's about assuaging the fear that somebody's going to come for their money. It's about adopting a public persona that makes their wealth OK and the peasants with the pitchforks will leave them alone and not come for their money because they're good people and they care about people. Like Gates is building mosquito nets for malaria. You want to wipe out malaria? Bring back DDT.