Bill Gates visits Capitol to discuss climate change with new Senate caucus

Bill Gates visits Capitol to discuss climate change with new Senate caucus
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Microsoft founder Bill Gates was spotted in the Capitol Thursday, planning to meet with leaders of the newly formed Senate Climate Solutions Caucus.

Sen. Christopher CoonsChristopher (Chris) Andrew CoonsDemocrats rally in support of bill to repeal Trump travel ban This week: Senate barrels toward showdown on impeachment witnesses GOP-Biden feud looms over impeachment trial MORE (D-Del.), one of the founders of the caucus, called Gates “one of the most significant innovators, entrepreneurs and business leaders of the last 50 years and who is a major player in climate change and global development and poverty issues.”

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The caucus, announced last month, has already added six new members and had its first meeting with several CEOs on Tuesday to discuss federal climate policy.

Coons said the meeting has no agenda, but he’s interested to hear Gates’s thoughts on what the country should be investing in and “what he thinks are promising technologies that could contribute to battling climate change.” 

Coons on Thursday told CBS This Morning that the caucus would look for “low-hanging fruit” where they can build consensus. The caucus has agreed not to forward issues unless they earn approval from all eight members.

In the same interview, fellow caucus member Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt Romney Meadows: Bolton manuscript leaked 'to manipulate' senators over witness vote Republicans show little enthusiasm for impeachment witness swap Collins expected to announce Georgia Senate bid MORE (R-Utah) said it was important for Republicans to take action on climate change because “we look a bit like Neanderthals.”