Bill Gates, the billionaire climate philanthropist and investor, emphasized the importance of Republicans supporting climate change action during the Climate Forward event in New York City. He stated that increased Republican support is necessary for sustained investment and progress in climate change mitigation and adaptation. The Inflation Reduction Act, which included tax credits for clean energy development, was passed along party lines with no Republican support. A Pew Research Center survey showed a stark divide between Democrats and Republicans on considering climate change a major threat. Gates highlighted the need for long-term investments and bipartisan commitment to tackle climate change effectively.