You’ve already been vilified for contributing to alleged global warming when you power up your car or truck engine. But how about your computer’s search engine? Well according to recent reports, climate alarmists like Greenpeace are now lamenting how large data centers, like those run by Yahoo, Google, and Facebook, heavily rely on coal-fired electricity to move all those electrons around the circuitboard. One IT firm estimated that with nearly a million servers in some Google data centers each drawing 1 kilowatt of electricity per hour, one search for a news item or favorite recipe uses the same energy as burning a 100-watt bulb for one hour. Could government limits to Internet searches be just around the corner?
December 6, 2013 by David Rothbard,
David Rothbard is co-founder and President of CFACT.