Wants it to use 100% renewable energy
has started a campaign against Facebook demanding
that the social networking site switches to 100 percent renewable
energy. Greenpeace communists launched the campaign in response to
Facebook's plans to build a custom data center in Oregon.
Now you might think that the new data center will be powered by freshly
squeezed polar bear fat, but it won't. It will run on energy provided
by coal power plants, which are still the dominant power source around
the globe. However, Facebook claims that the plans were originally
drawn up to use hydro power, but the Bonneville Power Administration
chose to sell hydro power to an aluminium plant. The fact that
aluminium production is one of the most energy costly processes known
to man doesn't seem to bother Greenpeace too much. Tree huggers aren't
too thrilled with the hydro power idea either, as it makes life
miserable for salmon and the bears that eat them, as well as manbearpig.
Gartner VP Rakes Kumar says Greenpeace's position is idealistic, and
that's putting it mildly. "I think Greenpeace’s position is admirable
realistic at the moment," said Kumar. Green IT expert Greg Shulz
believes Greenpeace's criticism is misdirected. “Why is Greenpeace
calling out Facebook and ignoring Google? The poster child for
inefficiency is Google. Facebook requires less resources per pages
Mind you, although it might be a power hog, Google is useful. Unlike Facebook, it does something.