Over 1,000 Google workers demand company adopt climate action plan

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Back in September, Google announced it would be spending $2 billion on renewable energy infrastructure, but many employees believe it needs to do more.

In a piece published on Medium, addressed to Google CFO Ruth Porat, the group calling itself Google Workers for Action on Climate wrote: “We, the undersigned Google workers, in accordance with the gravity and urgency of the global climate crisis and its disproportionate harm to marginalized people, call on Google to commit to and release a company-wide climate plan.” The letter is signed by 1,137 Google workers.

The demands also include Google cutting ties with “entities enabling the incarceration, surveillance, displacement, or oppression of refugees or frontline communities.”

As noted by Vice, Google’s data centers saw it use around 10 tera-watt hours in 2018 alone—enough to power almost 1 million US homes for almost one year. And a Guardian report from last month reveals the company’s large contributions made to climate change deniers.

Google’s employees are following in the footsteps of Amazon staff, who co-signed a letter to CEO Jeff Bezos earlier this year asking for the company to transition away from fossil fuels completely. This was followed by 1,800 of its employees joining other tech workers in the Global Climate Strike on September 20.

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Irata

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Want zero emissions? Start with turning off heating and a/c. Start with the most energy consumption. Let's see how far that gets.
Wouldn't that be servers though as per the article above ("Google’s data centers saw it use around 10 tera-watt hours in 2018 alone—enough to power almost 1 million US homes for almost one year") ?
 

ShagnWagn

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Wouldn't that be servers though as per the article above ("Google’s data centers saw it use around 10 tera-watt hours in 2018 alone—enough to power almost 1 million US homes for almost one year") ?
Ah yes, guess I should have clarified. You are also correct in making that reference rather than the scenario I was pointing to. I was referring to what the employees themselves use. They should consider starting with themselves IMO. Lead by example. In fact, all of the "sky is falling" people should also start there.
 

Karlos95

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Ah yes, guess I should have clarified. You are also correct in making that reference rather than the scenario I was pointing to. I was referring to what the employees themselves use. They should consider starting with themselves IMO. Lead by example. In fact, all of the "sky is falling" people should also start there.
They as individuals don't have enough "power" to make a change. Google as a whole does.

If you think turning off an AC or heater will make a difference you are delusional. It is about informing the masses and making the world a better place. Too many bigots think "why doesn't they individuals do it themselves" because even if they did, it would not be enough and would not make a difference. 70% of the emissions that go into the world are by 100 COAL, GAS AND OIL companies. Start using renewable energy and electric cars and those industries won't be needed. (With the exception for coal to make steel, but that is recyclable, not energy)

Too many focus on the small picture and not the big picture. This will affect everyone, more importantly to deny the change, you are denying the future for the human-race and YOU will be on the bad side of history, a modern Adolf Hitler and the Nazi army by comparison.

You can say it is a hoax all you want. However, to say scientists are wrong (the ones in those fields who have studied it for years) and the ones that are right are the ones paid for and keeping these 100 (and many other energy) companies in business is just plain ignorant and really shows how washed some are by the corporate controlled (Murdoch and the top 1% in power) media and false news.
 

Karlos95

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Lol, not worth a reply. climate change is real though. it's what are called "seasons".
Climate change is real. That is not the issue. The issue is the emissions going into the atmosphere killing things, the issues are the pollution's that we have on this earth that we will eventually die out and it will all regrow again except without us.
By not asking companies (the mass produces) to make change, is essentially the same as you living with a house mate in a rental and he is treating it like absolute trash but you don't say anything, eventually you both get kicked out and that rental gets cleaned for the next species.

I don't give a damn about the weather or what it is doing. They may or may not be linked. But to say we have no effect on the planet is just plain ignorant and shows the type of wank stain one can be.

Go on, chuck any argument you want at me for against "climate change" and I will tell you how wrong you are. Sick of the ill-informed that are brainwashed by the people that want to keep business as usual going. Really shows the level of intelligence this race has come to.
 
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Karlos95

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Lol, not worth a reply. climate change is real though. it's what are called "seasons".
"Not worth a reply" shows how facts and logic can make you so quick to stop talking. I love it, if only voting worked that way, if only politicians were only allowed to use those 2 things when making decisions instead of religion, money or corruption.
 

p51d007

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Hey Google employees...unless you are on the board, or stockholders...you are just EMPLOYEES, not owners of the company. That company is in business to MAKE money. Apparently, they are doing something right. You fancy pants "environmental nuts" think you can solve something, that isn't even
a thing, because you have been indoctrinated to think 10,20, 100 years of made up data is "a trend".
Give it up...when the sunspot cycle went into cycle 24, all of your "global warming" crap started to stop, and the trend continues with upcoming cycle 25. Around 2009, you changed it from global warming to climate change. LOL, morons...the climate ALWAYS changes. In the mid 70's, everyone was worried about a new ice age, then in the 90's, it was global warming.
 
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fadingfool

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Climate change is real. That is not the issue. The issue is the emissions going into the atmosphere killing things, the issues are the pollution's that we have on this earth that we will eventually die out and it will all regrow again except without us.
By not asking companies (the mass produces) to make change, is essentially the same as you living with a house mate in a rental and he is treating it like absolute trash but you don't say anything, eventually you both get kicked out and that rental gets cleaned for the next species.

I don't give a damn about the weather or what it is doing. They may or may not be linked. But to say we have no effect on the planet is just plain ignorant and shows the type of wank stain one can be.

Go on, chuck any argument you want at me for against "climate change" and I will tell you how wrong you are. Sick of the ill-informed that are brainwashed by the people that want to keep business as usual going. Really shows the level of intelligence this race has come to.
Read https://www.ipcc.ch/site/assets/uploads/2018/03/TAR-06.pdf and check the sections on TSI and the svensmark hypothesis. There is so much we don't know about the radiative forcings (a simplified method to assess relative forcings) that our entire AGW conclusions could be wrong - completely wrong. And yet the suggestion is to force humanity away from fuel sources that have allowed us as a race to thrive on the off chance a relatively new scientific doctrine is correct in its doom-mongering. BAU is the default position because forced change will cause more suffering and death (and already is) and therefore needs to be justified by more than a teenagers tantrum.
 
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ShagnWagn

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"Not worth a reply" shows how facts and logic can make you so quick to stop talking. I love it, if only voting worked that way, if only politicians were only allowed to use those 2 things when making decisions instead of religion, money or corruption.
Read that my reply of "not worth a reply" actually meant "you are not worth my time". Because arguing with a <kind word for not smart person> on a forum goes nowhere. You claims are so ridiculous it won't matter to you what I post. You've worked yourself down the rabbit hole to no return to reality. You didn't claim any facts, nor backed them up, either. lol. You love it because you have the empty feeling that you finally think you "won" your opinion. haha
 

Impudicus

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Want zero emissions? Start with turning off heating and a/c. Start with the most energy consumption. Let's see how far that gets.
Make the companies change so we don't have to. They do have the power to make the difference but part of me cringes when the people using 1000's of servers and internet resources daily to talk about others being the cause for energy consumption. Scrolling though facebooks and the snapchats, not realizing how much power is being used for often frivolous entertainment. The phone, The access point, the WAN devices, the devices at every hop, the devices to create the content, the energy use to manufacture the device, the questionable conditions of those employed to build the devices, the politics and human rights of the countries where the devices are built in conditions that would be illegal here in the U.S. The big companies won't listen until it hurts their wallets, sometimes that's done through P.R., but more often it's down by us no longer using their services.
 
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Karlos95

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Make the companies change so we don't have to. They do have the power to make the difference but part of me cringes when the people using 1000's of servers and internet resources daily to talk about others being the cause for energy consumption. Scrolling though facebooks and the snapchats, not realizing how much power is being used for often frivolous entertainment. The phone, The access point, the WAN devices, the devices at every hop, the devices to create the content, the energy use to manufacture the device, the questionable conditions of those employed to build the devices, the politics and human rights of the countries where the devices are built in conditions that would be illegal here in the U.S. The big companies won't listen until it hurts their wallets, sometimes that's done through P.R., but more often it's down by us no longer using their services.
Correct, starts at the energy companies
 

Yynxs

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Karlos95. It is difficult to reply to your simplistic view of the energy industry. When you say "...70% of the emissions that go into the world are by 100 COAL, GAS AND OIL companies. ...", you fail to say which ones and what influence you personally have on them. Are all of the 100 you refer to in the United States? Do you have any stock in these companies? Do you have any retirement accounts? Do you insure those retirement accounts do NOT invest in utilities?

You speak of 'renewables' as if they are a foregone solution. For you, there is no night or 'less' windy times, not even considering the amount of physical infrastructure change required to move the 'renewable energy' around.

This fairly personal rebuke could go on for a while listing the problems inherent in your simplistic view but I don't want to discourage you from effecting change if you can.

Please learn about US electrical energy production. Where, how, and for whom it's made. Who eats and lives off the profit it generates. Look at the pollution produced by the major providers, not just the carbon ones, and why they are located where they are located. In short, read a bit more and look at each thing you read and write down what you can do to improve and change that aspect of being warm in the winter and cool in the summer in a temperate climate. This is aside from just moving zeros and ones around to allow you to game and comment here.

If you do this reading and learning, and you become somewhat expert in it, enough to make cost effective change in energy production and distribution while maintaining the standard of living of the population, you'll be able to make comments that don't have people shaking their heads about 'simplistic views'.

I hope you do well at this.