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Greenpeace has a beef with Apple

  As soon as a company achieves a certain amount of success it often begins attracting the attention of bureaucratic government regulators and special-interest groups. President Ronald Reagan understood this all too well when he said, "Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it."

We've already denounced the U.S. Department of Justice for its lawsuit against the world's most successful and valuable company, Apple Inc., for allegedly colluding with publishers to fix the price of e-books. Now the environmental special interests – namely Greenpeace – have taken a shot at Apple, claiming its data centers, which host things like the company's popular cloud services, are not green enough.

When you visit the Greenpeace website, here is what it says: "Giant data centres, which store and send the terabytes of pictures, emails, songs and streaming videos we enjoy every day are now one of the fastest growing sources of new electricity demand in the world.
"Every day, tons of asthma-inducing, climate-destroying coal pollution is thrown in the air to keep the Internet humming."

That's a nice way to treat a veritable geyser of job creation and tax-revenue generation. Robert McMillan, writing for Wired.com, detailed the criticism made by the environmental group: "Greenpeace released a report calling Apple's data center a power-hungry threat to the environment" claiming the company's Maiden, North Carolina-based center is burning too many megawatts of power.

Apple isn't the only target. Microsoft and Amazon are on the hit-list, too. Greenpeace's environmental activism soared to new heights (literally) on Wednesday morning when two activists "rappelled from the roof of a still-under-construction Amazon building," in Seattle, as reported by the Seattle Times. The banner read "Amazon Microsoft how clean is your cloud?"

In California, we know all too well how powerful the environmental special interests have become. They hamstring development and hinder job creation because of their zealotry. In Orange County, projects like the Huntington Beach Seawater Desalination Project and the completion of the 241 Toll Road have been delayed in part due to radical environmental activists.

While care and stewardship for the environment are laudable social values, Greenpeace takes matters to an unproductive extreme putting their ideology before people. Their assaults against Apple, Amazon and Microsoft are just the latest example.

The Orange County Register


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