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Oct2-08, 10:57 AM
Google CEO: How to fix U.S. energy problems
SAN FRANCISCO--The United States government has been unable to fix the country's energy problems, Google Chief Executive Eric Schmidt said, but the Internet giant on Wednesday proposed its own 22-year solution.
"We have seen a total and complete failure of leadership in the political parties of the United States," Schmidt said in a speech at the Commonwealth Club here. "We've been working on a plan to help solve this problem."
Earlier in the day, Google unveiled that plan, which doesn't lack for chutzpah: Clean Energy 2030 aims to wean the United States from its dependence on fossil fuels within 22 years.
. . .
Energy efficiency is at the forefront of Google's thoughts:
the company operates hundreds of thousands of servers
, and the company has warned that
energy costs could outpace server hardware costs
. So a
decline in energy costs makes practical sense
, Schmidt said. . . . .
Energy independence or at least much less dependence on external resources makes good business sense - not to mention provides for more security.