"Smart City" Dumb Location: Bill Gates Spends $80 Million on Az Desert Land to Create "Smart City"

Billionaire Bill Gates purchased 24,800 acres near Phoenix to create a "smart city". The community, to be named Belmont, will integrate driverless technology and high-speed data into its infrastructure.

Does it make sense to build a "smart city" in the middle of the Arizona desert with questionable, at best, water resources? We are about to find out.

Bill Gates has plans for a “smart city” located about 45 minutes west of downtown Phoenix.

According to a press release from Belmont Partners, "Belmont will create a forward-thinking community with a communication and infrastructure spine that embraces cutting-edge technology, designed around high-speed digital networks, data centers, new manufacturing technologies and distribution models, autonomous vehicles and autonomous logistics hubs."

A proposed freeway, I-11, will connect Belmont to Las Vegas.

"Comparable in square miles and projected population to Tempe, Arizona, Belmont will transform a raw, blank slate into a purpose-built edge city built around a flexible infrastructure model," Belmont Properties said.

Belmont Video

Energy and Water Consumption

Let's connect the "smart city" to Las Vegas, an Energy Consumption Nightmare.

More importantly, the Smithsonian reports Arizona Could Be Out of Water in Six Years.

According to the EPA, "Warming has already contributed to decreases in spring snowpack and Colorado River flows, which are an important source of water for the region. Future warming is projected to produce more severe droughts in the region, with further reductions in water supplies. Future water scarcity will be compounded by the region’s rapid population growth, which is the highest in the nation."

I am not a global warming advocate, but I am a believer that a water shortage crisis is in the foreseeable future. The land was cheap for a reason. It's a desert hellhole.

Smart City, Dumb Location

Simply put, Bill Gates wants to build a "smart city" in a "dumb location", one without water and one that requires tremendous amounts of air conditioning most of the year.

A proposed new interstate highway, I-11, will connect the "smart city" to the most energy-wasteful city on the planet.

Earlier this year, Bill Gates warns about Denying Climate Change.

As a true believer in global warming, it seems Gates might have selected something other than a desert hellhole for his "smart city".

Mike "Mish" Shedlock

If you believe strongly enough that global warming will turn the planet into a dessert, building your City of the Future in the middle of one, does allow you improved insights into solving the problems of tomorrow...

As pertains to water, non-agricultural water usage, can be cut down to almost silly low levels, if enough resources and technology is thrown at the problem. Showers, appliances, and even toilets and industrial processes, can filter, purify and recycle the water they use, with very little loss to their surroundings. The catch, for at least many global warming aficionados, is that the filtering/purification processes tend to be energy intensive. So, you can only have one: Low water consumption, or low energy consumption. But pretty much all “Future City” type dreams, seem to take the existence of some sort of infinite power fusion generator as a given, so this may not be a problem to those dreaming them up.

What if I want to go surfing every morning? How stupid is that?

The problem is buying 25k acres of land in desirable to live areas is incredibly expensive if it's possible at all. I assume the city gets a lot of sunshine, since it's in a desert, and since it's a high tech city, I would guess it would have a lot of solar panels. And it's probably windy, so there's wind power. Maybe throw in a high tech nuclear plant and wala, all the energy the city will need.</br></br>Although this seems like something China has tried and never really succeeded at.

I can't wait to see what a Bill Gates dystopia looks like.

'Warming has already contributed to decreases in spring snowpack and Colorado River flows...'

Of course, last year's snowpack and runoff were historical records...

I can wait to see what is created.

Problem with articles like Smithsonian/NYTimes linked is they use word "could" and "will/if" to splash worst case scenarios. This 2014 article says "If upstream states continue to be unable to make up the shortage, Lake Mead, whose surface is now about 1,085 feet above sea level, will drop to 1,000 feet by 2020."

I believe the real looming water crisis coming to AZ is bought up water rights. Plenty of developers trying to buy major rights in NW corner AZ by posing as real estate dev deals. Wouldn't be surprised if there is some of that behind Gates purchase.