Bill Gates reveals he was in Manchin’s ear on climate bill, had to give Schumer a ‘pep talk’ early on

Microsoft co-founder and climate activist Bill Gates was repeatedly in the ear of U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, the West Virginia Democrat who enabled the so-called Inflation Reduction Act to pass on a straight party-line vote, a news outlet co-owned by Michael Bloomberg claimed.

After former inflation hawk Manchin publicly announced his opposition to the Build Back Better Plan, Gates supposedly “tapped into a relationship with Manchin that he’d cultivated for at least three years,” according to Bloomberg in a lengthy article headlined “Bill Gates and the Secret Push to Save Biden’s Climate Bill.”

A “clean-energy investor,” Gates reportedly offered Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer encouragement when Manchin initially wouldn’t play ball with his liberal colleagues, with Bloomberg reporting, “One of the world’s richest men felt he had to give one of the nation’s most powerful lawmakers a little pep talk.”

“You know, people say Joe likes coal or something like that. That’s really not fair. Joe wanted a climate bill,” Gates told Bloomberg.

In praising the tech mogul’s “trademark optimism,” Bloomberg claimed that Gates “quietly lobbied Manchin and other senators, starting before President Joe Biden had won the White House, in anticipation of a rare moment in which heavy federal spending might be secured for the clean-energy transition. Those discussions gave him reason to believe the senator from West Virginia would come through for the climate — and he was willing to continue pressing the case himself until the very end.”

After months of negotiation with other lawmakers, Manchin eventually caved and threw his support behind the Inflation Reduction Act, i.e., Build Back Better light, which passed the 50-50 Senate, with Kamala Harris breaking the tie, as the vice president is authorized to do under Article 1, Section 3, of the U.S. Constitution.

In the same article, Bloomberg noted that Gates’s “investments through Breakthrough Energy, the Gates organization that does climate work, has sunk at least tens of millions into green cement startups such as Ecocem, Chement and Brimstone.”

It probably comes as no surprise that several leading economists along with the Congressional Budget Office have indicated that the latest Biden spending spree won’t actually curtain out-of-control inflation that America is experiencing in the supermarket, at the gas pump, and in other sectors of the economy.

“In addition to Gates, an ad hoc group of quiet Manchin influencers sprang into action just when climate legislation seemed out of reach. Schumer’s office credited the bill’s passage to persistence and otherwise declined to comment,” Bloomberg reported.

Gates had numerous conversations with Manchin, who is up for reelection in 2024, in person and on the phone.

“Gates started wooing Manchin and other senators who might prove pivotal for clean-energy policy in 2019 over a meal in Washington DC,” Bloomberg said, adding: “Of course, it wasn’t just Bill Gates who had put in long months courting Manchin. The BlueGreen Alliance coalition of environmental and labor groups had spent 18 months building a reservoir of trust they could tap now.”

In the report about the “quiet backchanneling,” Gates told the news outlet, “I don’t want to take credit for what went on.”

Gates, the third richest person in the world according to Forbes, is reportedly the largest private farmland owner in America with about 270,000 acres in his portfolio.

The motivation for these acquisitions by the vaccine champion, who has somehow positioned himself as a healthcare expert, is not entirely clear, although common sense might suggest an answer.

He is a big fan of lab-grown meat. In February 2021, Gates told MIT Technology Review that “I do think all rich countries should move to 100% synthetic beef.”

According to Climate Depot, “It just so happens that all the crops used for plant-based meat are grown on farmland now owned by Gates. Oh, and he’s also invested tens of millions in synthetic meat companies.”

Bloomberg implied that the Democrats stepped up their lobbying efforts with Manchin that ultimately proved successful because of the anticipated GOP takeover of Congress after the November election:

The Inflation Reduction Act, sponsored by Manchin and Schumer, includes $374 billion in new spending to speed up clean-energy deployment, incentivize consumer purchases of electric cars, and boost other green priorities (alongside expanded federal mandates for oil and gas development)…

Several loose coalitions of environmental groups, labor unions and clean-energy interests huddled on strategy and enlisted West Virginia interests to once again highlight the economic potential for Manchin…

On July 27, Schumer and Manchin unveiled more than $37 billion in annual spending over the next decade on climate and energy…The final bill also contains just a fraction of the green spending originally envisioned in the far larger climate-and-social spending bill passed by the House.


While the West is pushing ahead with unproven renewables regardless of their effects on the economy and the quality of life, CCP-controlled China, which is said to be the world’s biggest polluter, has shown no inclination to limit its fossil fuel use as it rapidly expands its empire across the globe.

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