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Google is also not Living Up To Carbon Emissions Promises

A few weeks ago, I wrote about Microsoft’s emissions increase, primarily due to AI data centers.

It’s only fair to point out that they aren’t the only ones:

Google escalating climate crisis

Rather than decreasing the amount of damaging carbon emissions it releases into the atmosphere, its emissions have grown by 13% since last year, releasing approximately 14.3 million metric tons of Carbon Dioxide pollution, which is the equivalent to the amount 38 gas-powered plants release, annually. This is 48% higher than it was in 2019 and has increased every year since 2020.

Like Microsoft, Google claims it will still run all of this using clean energy by 2030. However, the current emissions data do not indicate that this is possible. The need for energy will not go down, and these companies will not walk away from the trillions of dollars invested in AI already.

This is happening while we watch the earliest recorded Category 5 hurricane because of the extremely warm water temperatures in the Atlantic. I’m sure this will all be fine, though.

It’s so cool that cities are like “pweeease only turn your AC on if you’re actively dying and don’t go below 79 ????” while the AI nobody asked for is slurping up the power grid to make 1 image of a girl with 5 tits

— Lauren (@laurenkayes.bsky.social) Jun 22, 2024 at 4:58 PM

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