Is The Internet Polluting The Planet?

indexIs your constant craving for coneing clips hastening the destruction of the world? People tend to think of internet usage as “virtual” or “magic” but, it isn’t so.

YouTube viewing alone pumps thousands of tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere every day. Computer servers add to worldwide carbon emissions at the same rate as the aviation industry, and Facebook and Apple are powered largely by coal. In fact, I better stop typing right now. Via Hungry Beast:

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  • http://twitter.com/jasonpaulhayes jasonpaulhayes

    Cant blame the internet for what the coal and oil industry does, we could easily be on mostly green energy everywhere in the world.

  • jasonpaulhayes

    Cant blame the internet for what the coal and oil industry does, we could easily be on mostly green energy everywhere in the world.

  • Mr Willow

    YouTube viewing alone pumps thousands of tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere every day.

    And right under that sentence is what? A YouTube video.

    Anyway, nearly all of our energy problems could be easily solved by doing two things: subsidising solar panels instead of oil and coal and legalising marijuana. 

    The first one is pretty logical upon consideration. Why are huge fields of solar panels being constructed as “solar farms” when solar panels themselves could just as easily be placed on the roofs of every home, office building, and skyscraper in the US? Of course, thinking about it comes back to the fact that it so many energy companies would not tolerate essentially free energy. 

    Marijuana legalisation ties in to alternative fuels, without actually being ‘alternative’ at all. In 1900, when the diesel engine was unveiled at the World’s Fair, it was designed to run on hemp oil. Of course, marijuana legalisation would also solve a great many problems, from deficits to prison overpopulation, but again, oil companies, pharmaceutical companies, lumber industry, textile industry, the alcohol and tobacco industries, and the private prison industry all suffer from legalising pot.

  • Mr Willow

    YouTube viewing alone pumps thousands of tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere every day.

    And right under that sentence is what? A YouTube video.

    Anyway, nearly all of our energy problems could be easily solved by doing two things: subsidising solar panels instead of oil and coal and legalising marijuana. 

    The first one is pretty logical upon consideration. Why are huge fields of solar panels being constructed as “solar farms” when solar panels themselves could just as easily be placed on the roofs of every home, office building, and skyscraper in the US? Of course, thinking about it comes back to the fact that so many energy companies would not tolerate essentially free energy. 

    Marijuana legalisation ties in to alternative fuels, without actually being ‘alternative’ at all. In 1900, when the diesel engine was unveiled at the World’s Fair, it was designed to run on hemp oil. Of course, marijuana legalisation would also solve a great many problems, from deficits to prison overpopulation, but again, oil companies, pharmaceutical companies, lumber industry, textile industry, the alcohol and tobacco industries, and the private prison industry all suffer from legalising pot.

    • Jin The Ninja

      i totally agree, industrial hemp is a miracle plant (not to mention the benefits of medicinal mj).
      could solve a lot of our fossil fuel problems, if combined with renewables.

      • Mr Willow

        If ever there were a ‘miracle’ anything, it would be hemp. So many applications; a truly wasted resource. 

        It angers/saddens me that it is so demonised, even though I know precisely why it is viewed in such a negative light. 

    • DeepCough

      I think we need to bring back that olde tyme Virginia law that required all residents to grow hemp on their property: for every house that has an internet connection, there must be one marijuana plant growing outside to absorb all that nasty carbon, which will benefit not only the environment, but the people as well: because then they will have weed to enjoy with their Youtube videos.

  • Anonymous

    i totally agree, industrial hemp is a miracle plant (not to mention the benefits of medicinal mj).
    could solve a lot of our fossil fuel problems, if combined with renewables.

  • Mr Willow

    If ever there were a ‘miracle’ anything, it would be hemp. So many applications; a truly wasted resource. 

    It angers/saddens me that it is so demonised, even though I know precisely why it is viewed in such a negative light. 

  • DeepCough

    I think we need to bring back that olde tyme Virginia law that required all residents to grow hemp on their property: for every house that has an internet connection, there must be one marijuana plant growing outside to absorb all that nasty carbon, which will benefit not only the environment, but the people as well: because then they will have weed to enjoy with their Youtube videos.

  • http://strictlyapathy.comoj.com SoulArbiter

    Will this bring about a tax for the internet usage? They’re doing it for carbon. Nah, I was trying to be funny, bugger this.

  • http://strictlyapathy.comoj.com/ SoulArbiter

    Will this bring about a tax for the internet usage? They’re doing it for carbon. Nah, I was trying to be funny, bugger this.

  • Nano_Thermite_911

    Uggghh….. When are people going to realize that Co2 does not pollute the atmosphere.  The whole line of thinking has been proven time and again to be completely unscientific. 

  • Nano_Thermite_911

    Uggghh….. When are people going to realize that Co2 does not pollute the atmosphere.  The whole line of thinking has been proven time and again to be completely unscientific. 

    • Anarchy Pony

      Yeah, try to actually back that up. 

      It leads to increased greenhouse effect and ocean acidification. 

      • Tuna Ghost

        Buddy, asking Nano Thermite to back anything up is an exercise in futility.  He fully trusts and believes the man who claims to have “proven” that Jesus Christ preached to the native tribes of the Americas, and has “proven” that the events depicted in the Book of Mormon are historical fact.  Not exactly a dancing partner for which everyone in the ballroom will envy you, if you catch my drift.

        • Nano_Thermite_911

          Umm Tuna Ghost.  You are really a one trick pony huh?  Ad Hominem is all you have and again it has failed you.  Thanks for making up random shit again and hurling it like the syphilitic monkey you are.

          • Tuna Ghost

            You don’t know what ad hominem means, do you?  For the record, guy, an ad hominem is not when I insult you, or when I tell you that you are incorrect.  For instance: you’re an idiot who has invested far too much in another idiot’s lies.  That is not an ad hominem attack.  Even if I say “you’re wrong and you’re an idiot”, that isn’t an ad hominem either. 

            Now, if I were to say “You’re wrong because you’re an idiot who has invested far too much in another idiot’s lies”, that would be an ad hominem.  Do you see the difference?  

            I’ll be expecting a “thank you” any minute now.

            Regarding “making stuff up”, Stephen Jones has gone on record saying those things.  Would you like links to where he said them?  He straight out printed that garbage, Nano.  Would you like to see it?  Just ask, and I will show you.  You know I will.  Just like I know you’ll disappear the way you always do when someone presents you with evidence that doesn’t fit into narrow world view.

      • Nano_Thermite_911

        Here ya go :)  Well backed up, source notes are present on the site sacredgeometryatlanta.com
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PbihGWTT2IY

  • Anarchy Wolf

    Yeah, try to actually back that up. 

    It leads to increased greenhouse effect and ocean acidification. 

  • Tuna Ghost

    Buddy, asking Nano Thermite to back anything up is an exercise in futility.  He fully trusts and believes the man who claims to have “proven” that Jesus Christ preached to the native tribes of the Americas, and has “proven” that the events depicted in the Book of Mormon are historical fact.  Not exactly a dancing partner for which everyone in the ballroom will envy you, if you catch my drift.

  • Tuna Ghost

    I have been saying this for years.  Take a look at the average YouTube comments section and tell me that shit isn’t toxic.

  • Tuna Ghost

    I have been saying this for years.  Take a look at the average YouTube comments section and tell me that shit isn’t toxic.

  • Nano_Thermite_911

    Here ya go :)  Well backed up, source notes are present on the site sacredgeometryatlanta.com
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PbihGWTT2IY

  • Nano_Thermite_911

    Umm Tuna Ghost.  You are really a one trick pony huh?  Ad Hominem is all you have and again it has failed you.  Thanks for making up random shit again and hurling it like the syphilitic monkey you are.

  • Tuna Ghost

    You don’t know what ad hominem means, do you?  For the record, guy, an ad hominem is not when I insult you, or when I tell you that you are incorrect.  For instance: you’re an idiot who has invested far too much in another idiot’s lies.  That is not an ad hominem attack.  Even if I say “you’re wrong and you’re an idiot”, that isn’t an ad hominem either. 

    Now, if I were to say “You’re wrong because you’re an idiot who has invested far too much in another idiot’s lies”, that would be an ad hominem.  Do you see the difference?  

    I’ll be expecting a “thank you” any minute now.

    Regarding “making stuff up”, Stephen Jones has gone on record saying those things.  Would you like links to where he said them?  He straight out printed that garbage, Nano.  Would you like to see it?  Just ask, and I will show you.  You know I will.  Just like I know you’ll disappear the way you always do when someone presents you with evidence that doesn’t fit into narrow world view.

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