Friday, October 31, 2008

Maybe this explains why Google is so secretive about its carbon emissions

Global warming by computer

The video at the link above claims that by 2020, the world's computer servers will match the carbon emissions of the airline industry.

Google secretive about CO2 emissions
[NYTimes] Google has gone to great lengths to conceal how much electricity it uses in its data centers. For instance, Google agreed to build a $600 million data center in Oklahoma only after the State Legislature passed a law exempting public utilities from disclosing the energy use of their largest customers. Google has also vowed to be carbon neutral, but unlike its rival Yahoo, for instance, it has refused to reveal its overall carbon emissions.
An estimate of airline emissions in 2025
An unpublished study by the world's leading experts has revealed that airlines are pumping 20 per cent more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than estimates suggest, with total emissions set to reach between 1.2 billion and 1.5 billion tonnes annually by 2025.
Could carbon offsets cost $200+ per ton?
The cost of carbon dioxide emissions would need to be at least $200 per tonne – many times today’s levels – to deliver the cuts proposed by scientists to avert the threat of global warming, the International Energy Agency said on Friday.
Google reported net income of $1.34 billion last quarter
Google has reported a 26% increase in the third-quarter net income to $1.34 billion compared to $1.07 billion in the year-ago quarter, on revenue up 31% at $5.54 billion.
All these future numbers are speculative, but if computer server owners had to pay $200 each for 1 billion tons of emissions annually in 2020, that's a lot of money. It looks to me like insane "climate" legislation could end up costing Google employees and shareholders an absolutely enormous amount of future wealth.

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