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Google Kills Polar Bears


The latest research implicates Google as a cause for globalistical warmening:

While millions of people tap into Google without considering the environment, a typical search generates about 7 grams of CO2. Boiling a kettle generates about 15 grams.

"Google operates huge data centers around the world that consume a great deal of power," said Alex Wissner-Gross, a Harvard University physicist whose research on the environmental impact of computing is due out soon. "A Google search has a definite environmental impact."

The Antiplanner converts it into googles per mile:

Since burning a gallon of gasoline releases about 8,880 grams of CO2 into the atmosphere, you can calculate your car’s Google-equivalent by dividing your car’s miles per gallon into 1,269 (8,880 divided by 7).

My 1986 Mazda still gets about 33 miles per gallon and I do about 40 Google searches per day, which is the equivalent of driving my car a little over 1 mile. Of course, I probably visit at least 20 web sites for every Google search I do. If each of those web servers generate as much CO2 as Google, that means my Internet usage is equal to driving 20 miles a day.

Googlers might increase their GPM slightly by switching to Black Google or Blackle. Or justify your climatic transgressions by drawing the line where you find it convenient:

I argue the internet is a net energy saver — and a big one — since it increases efficiency (especially in things like the supply chain) and dematerialization (it uses less energy to research online than in person).

This tactic turns ordinary “progressive” thinking upside down. Instead of intrusive and draconian mandates on every facet of living, we are granted freedom to choice, figuring that overall, we’ll pick the most efficient set of behaviours. Googling kills polar bears, but fewer polar bears die than if we avoided Google.

Why, then, are we not allowed to choose big SUVs and meat-heavy meal plans as long as we keep our total overall environmental impact within reason?

H/T: Antiplanner’s regular commenter DS
(affectionately known as “Slobbering Dan”)