Bill Gates, a well-known environmental activist, has recently come under fire for flying in private jets to climate summits. In a recent interview, a journalist asked him about this, to which he responded that he buys gold standard carbon offsets from Climeworks and invests billions in Breakthrough Energy, a climate research and technology initiative. Despite this, many are still questioning his role as a spokesman for climate change, considering his high carbon footprint from private jet travel. Gates claims that his offsets are enough to counterbalance his emissions, and that he needs to travel to learn more about the issues he is trying to solve. He has admitted that his personal flying alone has a large greenhouse gas footprint, but he believes that his contributions to climate research and technology are enough to make up for it.