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Why are we waiting for billionaires like Jeff Bezos to save us?

Posted On: 26 May 2020   |   Posted By: Grist

What if the government actually met society's needs? Instead of pulling out of the Paris climate agreement amid a planetary crisis and withdrawing funding from the World Health Organization during a pandemic, the United States could lead the way on climate change and public health, possibly averting the worst outcomes. Imagine that.
The Trump administration's approach of ignoring catastrophes until the last minute doesn't appear to be changing anytime soon. That's left billionaires to fill the vacuum of leadership. From Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook to Jack Dorsey of Twitter, the ultra-wealthy are forking over huge sums of money for coronavirus relief efforts. Bill Gates, the cofounder of Microsoft, is funding efforts to create home test kits and develop a vaccine. Billionaires are increasingly stepping up to take on what's supposed to be the government's job - not just for coronavirus, but also for global problems like climate change.
In February, Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon who's reportedly on track to...

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