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Volkswagen AG’s CEO encouraged Bill Gates to advise governments on how to lower carbon emissions from transportation and renewed his criticism of Germany’s slow abandonment of coal power.
“You thoroughly understand the CO2 logic of the mobility sector. You know what we have to do and you could and should advise governments how to regulate and what to promote,” VW CEO Herbert Diess wrote in a LinkedIn post sharing comments from the Microsoft Corp. co-founder.
“As you say, it’s not too complicated — electric vehicles wherever possible,” Diess wrote in response to a post Gates published Aug. 24, which posited that climate change could be more devastating to the world than the COVID-19 pandemic. The VW CEO endorsed all passenger cars and most delivery vans going electric and for longhaul trucks to run on biofuels.