One of the world’s wealthiest men and the founder of Microsoft, Bill Gates, has suggested vaccines as one method of reducing the world’s population.

Gates made his remarks to the invitation-only Technology, Entertainment and Design 2010 Conference in Long Beach, Calif. His February address was titled, “Innovating to Zero!”

He presented a speech on global warming, stating that CO2 emissions must be reduced to zero by 2050. Gates said every person on the planet puts out an average of about five tons of CO2 per year.

“Somehow we have to make changes that will bring that down to zero,” he said. “It’s been constantly going up. It’s only various economic changes that have even flattened it at all. So we have to go from rapidly rising to falling, and falling all the way to zero.”

A video of his presentation follows:

Gates presented the following equation:

CO2 (total population emitted CO2 per year) = P (people) x S (services per person) x E (average energy per service) x C (average CO2 emitted per unit of energy)

Bill Gates presented this equation on curbing CO2 emissions at the 2010 Technology, Entertainment and Design Conference in Long Beach, Calif.

“Let’s look at each one of these and see how we can get this down to zero,” he said. “Probably one of these numbers is going to have to get pretty near to zero. That’s a fact from high-school algebra.”

Discussing the “P,” or population portion of the equation, he stated, “Let’s take a look. First we got population. The world today has 6.8 billion people. That’s headed up to about 9 billion. Now if we do a really great job on new vaccines, health care, reproductive health services, we could lower that by perhaps 10 or 15 percent” [Emphasis added].

Gates continued on to discuss the remaining factors in the equation and prospects for reducing each one to curb CO2 emissions.

Gates’ comments immediately raised questions in the blogosphere about whether the billionaire was advocating dissemination of sterilization agents.

LifeSiteNews reported that in 1995, UNICEF’s anti-tetanus vaccinations were found to contain B-hCG, a pregnancy hormone that can permanently sterilize women. An estimated 3 million women between the ages of 12 and 45 received that vaccine. Another UNICEF polio vaccination campaign in Nigeria was suspected of sterilizing women in 2004.

However, according to LifeSite News, the Gates Foundation claims Gates actually advocates using vaccines to decrease child mortality – something he believes would actually serve to decrease population growth. In his 2009 annual letter, he wrote that a “surprising but critical fact [is] that reducing the number of [infant] deaths actually reduces population growth.”

Gates contends that parents have more children when infant mortality rates are high so they can be sure several children will survive to care for them later in life.

“And so, if they think having six children is what they need to do to have at least two survive, that’s what they’ll do,” he told CNN in 2008. “And amazingly, across the entire world, as health improves, then the population growth actually is reduced.”

Bill and his wife, Melinda, announced in January that their Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will commit more than $10 billion over the next 10 years to develop and deliver new vaccines to children in the developing world. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s global health program focuses on prevention of infectious diseases. According to its website, the foundation also seeks to offer “health solutions for family planning, nutrition, maternal, neonatal and child health, tobacco control and vaccine-preventable disease.”

Gates is also a partner in the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization, or GAVI. Other partners include the World Health Organization, UNICEF, the World Bank, the vaccine industry, research agencies and non-government agencies. The GAVI Alliance has vaccinated more than 200 million children.

WND reported in May 2009 when Gates joined some of the richest men and women in the world, meeting secretly in New York to conspire on using their vast wealth to bring the world’s population growth under control.

In addition to Gates, the meeting included some of the biggest names in the “billionaires club,” according to the London Times – David Rockefeller, Ted Turner, Oprah Winfrey, Warren Buffett, George Soros and Michael Bloomberg.

Gates reportedly inspired the meeting at the home of Sir Paul Nurse, a British Nobel Prize-winning biochemist and president of Rockefeller University.

“The informal afternoon session was so discreet that some of the billionaires’ aides were told they were at ‘security briefings,'” the Times reported.

Stacy Palmer, editor of the Chronicle of Philanthropy, speculated that the secrecy surrounding the meeting may have been due to concern that “they don’t want to be seen as a global cabal.”

According to the Times, the billionaires were each given 15 minutes to present their favorite cause. Over dinner they discussed how they might settle on an “umbrella cause” that could harness their interests. Taking their cue from Gates, the report said, they agreed population control was the No. 1 issue.

In February 2009, Gates also discussed population control.

“Official projections say the world’s population will peak at 9.3 billion [up from 6.6 billion today] but with charitable initiatives, such as better reproductive health care, we think we can cap that at 8.3 billion,” he said.

Patricia Stonesifer, former chief executive of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, said the billionaires would continue to meet in the future.

A guest at the meeting said population growth would be addressed as a potentially disastrous environmental, social and industrial threat.

“This is something so nightmarish that everyone in this group agreed it needs big-brain answers,” said the guest. “They need to be independent of government agencies, which are unable to head off the disaster we all see looming.”

As to secrecy, the guest said, “They wanted to speak rich to rich without worrying anything they said would end up in the newspapers, painting them as an alternative world government.”

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