Jeff Bezos made $ 1 billion in savings as Amazon destroyed the world
Jeff Bezos donated $ 1 billion already his $ 10 billion climate philanthropy pledge to protect biodiversity and carbon -saving forests in the Andes, the Congo Basin, and the tropical Pacific Ocean. completion almost three decades leading the Amazon, with a large and growing carbon footprint, Bezos seems to have the goal of forging a new birth as an environmentalist and perhaps the world’s most generous financier in the fight against change in climate. And that expensive trip in space he just took? Bezos said it was enlightening.
“Nature is our life support system and it is fragile,” one billionaire said Monday at a press conference. “I was reminded of this only in July when I was going into space with Blue Origin. I heard that looking at the Earth from space changes someone’s view of the world, but I wasn’t ready for of how true that is. ”
While the fundraising effort is certainly notable, Bezos ’commitment to environmental protection serves as a reminder of much of his legacy and mostly untaxed wealth built by companies with shocking carbon footprints. Amazon’s carbon emissions have grown every year since 2018, and just last year, where global carbon emissions fell nearly 7 percent, Amazon’s carbon emissions grew 19 percent to 60.64 million metric tons of carbon dioxide. That’s the equivalent to burn 140 million barrels of oil.
Amazon has moved to reduce reliance on fossil fuels, e.g. ensuring the power of its delivery vehicles, and it got a lot of companies to sign up its Climate Promise, a corporate commitment to reach net-zero emissions by 2040. But for now, Amazon remains reliant on multiple hordes of contaminated delivery vehicles, waste packing, and even a new fleet of jet-fuel-powered aircraft to maintain fast delivery of items to impatient online shoppers.
Meanwhile, Amazon Web Services (AWS) uses a lot of energy to keep its servers online. In 2019, Greenpeace accused the cloud computing company of abandoning its promise to use 100 percent renewable energy and it is said that some of the largest AWS data centers use only 12 percent renewable energy. And yet other companies, like Google, are moving away from it offers some cloud services of fossil fuel companies, AWS is still listed Shell, Hess, and BP as customers.
Bezos is technically no longer part of Amazon. But Blue Origin, the private spaceflight company he owns that recently brought him into space, has raises environmental concerns. While the space rocket company uses carbon -free fuels – that is, a combination of liquid hydrogen and oxygen – that makes these fuels more expensive around, and environmentalists warn that Blue Rockets are rockets leave the particles still which can damage the air.
So when viewed from a specific perspective, Bezos ’environmental excitement is like an effort to clean up the mess that companies are helping.