Oh wow, what a bunch of really smart guys.... let's listen to them!
You guys realize that aside from being incredibly rich, these guys don't have any more clue than the rest of us about what's going on with the weather, right? When I was growing up in the 70s the popular consensus was that we were entering a global cooling period ("mini ice-age") and acid rain and killer bees were going to kill us all. Acid rain caused a few hard water spots on my car and I keep killing bees but have yet been "swarmed to death" like all the scary movies from the time said. Oh yea, and the ice... didn't happen.
Back around 2000 the scientists were saying by 2015 Washington DC would be "under water" and it's a shame that never came true, but it didn't.
Musk is pissed at Trump because he's talking about taking away the electric car subsidies he gets (I believe it's up to $7,000 per car now) which allows him to keep making those chitty Tesla cars that cost more than my house.
Tim Cook has simply ridden the coat tails of Steve Jobs for the last 8 years and hasn't actually innovated anything that I can tell since taking over Apple (adding a number to an existing product name isn't really mind blowing to me).
Zuckerberg... Jesus do I need to even say anything. How about this little quote?...
Zuck: Yeah so if you ever need info about anyone at Harvard
Zuck: Just ask
Zuck: I have over 4,000 emails, pictures, addresses, SNS
[Redacted Friend's Name]: What? How'd you manage that one?
Zuck: People just submitted it.
Zuck: I don't know why.
Zuck: They "trust me"
Zuck: Dumb f@cks
So, yeah, trust THAT guy.
Nadella... hmm, how many of you guys have joined me in chiming in on the incredibly invasive and stupid things he's doing to Microsoft OS's? Not that I think Bill Gates gave 2 craps about customer's privacy or security, but at least he valued our business. And honestly, that guy comes from India... where there are 1.31 BILLION people who appear to just be doing everything they can to polute everything... perhaps his concern should be for his home country's lack of action.
Marc Benioff... I have to admit I had to look this guy up. He's worth over 4 billion dollars and gave us such wonderful things as "software as a service" (which has helped us all so much more than when we used to "buy" our software and then "owned" it). I'm not poor, but I can tell you that you don't get to be worth that kind of money without screwing alot of people over (which is one of the reasons these guys suddenly become "philanthropists" later in life).
Look, I don't personally like or respect any of the people quoted in this article. It's pretty easy to sit there and say "yeah, let's tax carbon" when you're sitting on billions of dollars in the bank (what do they care if the cost of energy goes through the roof?)
Personally, I can't afford the kind of gas prices they pay in Europe and other parts of the world, and the Paris Accords would have led us to MUCH higher prices than that (not to mention just household energy costs since the coal industry and other "dirty" producers were being forced out of business).
Everyone wants to keep the planet healthy (except maybe the Chinese) but what good does it do if you have to revert to the practices of the Omish to do it? These guys making these comments are NEVER going to be touched by any regulations personally (yea, their businesses might be affected, but let's be honest, if Apple went bankrupt, Cook will still be buying Lambos and eating caviar until the year 2150).
In 15 years, the scientists will be scratching their heads at the lack of 200F summer days and flooded Denver streets and claiming some new global catastrophe is on the horizon. We were born in the greatest period of human existence. The technology and conveniences we enjoy today are amazing and we should be grateful to be alive. This planet was here long before us and I assure you it will long after we're gone. The problem with our planet isn't due to our energy usage, it's due to out of control population growth (mainly in 3rd world countries) and if anything is going to cause a global catastrophe, it's going to be 10, 20 or 30 Billion mouths screaming about food and gas.
You want to save the planet? Stop having so many dam babies. If you can't afford to feed and take care of your children, stop having them (especially in parts of the world that weren't meant to support human life.)
If technology has done anything harmful to this planet, it's the fact that it's allowed people in deserts and other inhospitable area to thrive and grow their population FAR beyond what was possible before (yeah, I'm looking at YOU Dubai).
So, my message to you, my fellow techies.... stop feeling guilty for being in the right part of the world at the right time. Stop feeling guilty for having more than people in other parts of the world, when they don't do anything but breed and hold their hand out.
Have some dam backbone and join me in enjoying the fruits of our labors and the sweat of our fathers, and stop worrying about what Mother Earth is going to do to us... because I can guarantee you one thing... there's not a dam thing anyone, no matter how rich they are, can do about this subject, even if it were happening.
Oh yeah, and Mars colonization.... yeah, good luck with that one.