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More than “renewable” energy needed: Microsoft

The head of Mircosoft Crop's $9 billion reserch unit thinks the debate over stopping climate chnage is being muddied by talk of renewable energy.

  • 25 June 2009
  • Simione Talanoa

The head of Microsoft Corp's $9 billion research unit thinks the debate over stopping climate change is being muddied by talk of renewable energy.

Efforts should be focused on stopping output of carbon dioxide, the greenhouse gas which helps heat the planet, rather than moving to a source that can be regenerated, said Craig Mundie, the man who replaced Bill Gates as the world's largest software maker's futurist.

Conservation and radical technologies, including new nuclear, could be key, he said."If you talk to the man on the street, there is a lot more awareness of the concept of renewable energy than there is about the need for a zero-carbon source," said Mundie, Microsoft Chief Research and Strategy Officer, in an interview on the sidelines of a major electricity conference.

Even industry insiders were not looking hard enough at "the scarier or less understood technological approaches," he said.

The U.S. Congress is considering a massive climate bill and nations globally are preparing to negotiate a follow up to the Kyoto climate change treaty at the end of this year.

Development of solar power, wind and other 'clean' energy sources are hot topics globally.

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Source: Reuters