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Google quits plans to make cheap renewable energy
http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/11/23/google-idUSN1E7AL1X520111123 ^

Posted on 11/23/2011 7:17:27 AM PST by MNDude

Says other institutions better placed to carry on effort

* Announces six other projects it will cease supporting

By Alexei Oreskovic

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov 22 (Reuters) - Google Inc has abandoned an ambitious project to make renewable energy cheaper than coal, the latest target of Chief Executive Larry Page's moves to focus the Internet giant on fewer efforts.

Google said on Tuesday that it was pulling the plug on seven projects, including Renewable Energy Cheaper than Coal as well as a Wikipedia-like online encyclopedia service known as Knol.

The plans, which Google announced on its corporate blog, represent the third so-called "spring cleaning" announcement that Google has made since Google co-founder Page took the reins in April.

The changes come as Google is facing stiff competition in mobile computing and social networking from Apple Inc and Facebook, and as some investors have groused about rising spending at the world's No.1 Internet search company.

"To recap, we're in the process of shutting down a number of products which haven't had the impact we'd hoped for, integrating others as features into our broader product efforts, and ending several which have shown us a different path forward," wrote Google Senior Vice President of Operations Urs Holzle in the blog post.

Google said that it believed other institutions were better positioned to take its renewable energy efforts "to the next level."

Google began making investments and doing research into technology to drive down the price of renewable energy in 2007, with a particular focus on solar power technology.

(Excerpt) Read more at reuters.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: energy; google; news; sourcetitlenoturl

1 posted on 11/23/2011 7:17:30 AM PST by MNDude
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To: MNDude

Funny how the Laws of Thermodynamics keep screwing things up.


2 posted on 11/23/2011 7:18:49 AM PST by stboz
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To: stboz

LOL So true.


3 posted on 11/23/2011 7:21:20 AM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: MNDude

Google decided they didn’t want to get caught in the Obama payback scandal?


4 posted on 11/23/2011 7:24:50 AM PST by Steamburg (The contents of your wallet is the only language Politicians understand.)
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To: stboz

Damn...

well, how’s that “square circle” project coming along?


5 posted on 11/23/2011 7:24:55 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: MNDude

They didn’t mention their autonomous vehicle project.

I assume it’s still moving forward?


6 posted on 11/23/2011 7:25:08 AM PST by fishtank (The denial of original sin is the root of liberalism.)
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To: MNDude

Idealism is a great thing until Mr.Reality parks his ass in your driveway....


7 posted on 11/23/2011 7:25:52 AM PST by Walkingfeather
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To: MNDude

In other words, the multi-billionaires at Google failed to secure hundreds of millions of dollars from Obama’s stash for their little experiments.


8 posted on 11/23/2011 7:26:35 AM PST by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: fishtank

Well, as soon as they get their perpetual motion engine working, all they have to do is build a car around it.


9 posted on 11/23/2011 7:27:40 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: Texas Eagle

Bingo!

http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/story?id=3942164&page=1#.Ts0PkPL4IkI

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GOOGLE, GE EYE GREEN ENERGY
San Jose Mercury News (CA) - Thursday, September 18, 2008
Author: Elise Ackerman, Mercury News
Google and General Electric announced Wednesday that they would work together to push the development of renewable energy.

The companies said they would team up to lobby the federal government to modernize the electrical grid and collaborate in the development of technologies for plug-in vehicles and geothermal energy.

“We are trying to make renewable energy cheaper than coal energy,” Google co-founder Larry Page said at a news conference Wednesday afternoon.

The partnership was unveiled at Google’s annual Zeitgeist conference, a two-day think-fest where Google’s business partners are invited to Mountain View to discuss global issues with leaders such as former vice president Al Gore and Mexican businessman Carlos Slim, as well as celebrities including Leonardo DiCaprio and Forest Whitaker.

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10 posted on 11/23/2011 7:33:29 AM PST by maggief
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To: MNDude

Business folks saw that the government won’t be dolling out pots of free gold to support the solar energy effort forever.

Let’s go ahead and not waste our money.

They must have some smart business people over there amongst the Obama lovers.


11 posted on 11/23/2011 7:33:50 AM PST by Tenacious 1 (Liberals vote like clowns walking thru a minefield, oblivious to the consequences.)
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To: MNDude

They must not have talked with Rossi.


12 posted on 11/23/2011 7:41:00 AM PST by Portcall24
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To: MNDude
Google quits plans to make cheap renewable energy

IOW, Google decided to stop doing what isn't possible? Funny how these morons always refuse to waste their own money on utopian, “pie-in-the-sky”, unproven “alternative” energy sources...

13 posted on 11/23/2011 7:47:04 AM PST by Common Sense 101 (Hey libs... If your theories fly in the face of reality, it's not reality that's wrong.)
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To: MNDude

Google has moved onto its next big project. The Magic Rainbow chasing machine.


14 posted on 11/23/2011 7:47:19 AM PST by Leep
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To: MNDude

They are also abandoning their project that would enable them to turn beverage bottles into pure gold using sunlight and water.


15 posted on 11/23/2011 7:54:47 AM PST by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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Google, why do you hate our planet? /s


16 posted on 11/23/2011 7:58:13 AM PST by isom35
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To: MNDude
Google has discovered that there is no such thing as cheap renewable energy. You want cheap energy? Then coal and oil are your best bet. You want renewable energy? Then be prepared to pay the high cost for it.
17 posted on 11/23/2011 8:01:08 AM PST by Hoodat (Because they do not change, Therefore they do not fear God. -Psalm 55:19-)
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To: Portcall24

Or they already have water heaters in their homes.


18 posted on 11/23/2011 8:01:47 AM PST by count-your-change (You don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: MNDude

Makes me feel much better since I own 5 shares of GOOG.


19 posted on 11/23/2011 8:15:36 AM PST by calico_thompson
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To: maggief
GOOGLE, GE EYE GREEN ENERGY

If this does not indicate the commercial likelihood of solar energy, then nothing will.

Two cash flush, companies; motiviated by fame and share holder value, think it's a dead end; then the venture capital government programs are dead too.

It is arrogance to think that granting money to strange grant writers is sound fiscal policy when the likes of GE and Google who actually know something (at least GE does) bail out of same.

But then again, we live in the age of unchecked arrogance.

20 posted on 11/23/2011 8:19:05 AM PST by cicero2k
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To: stboz

LOL BTTT


21 posted on 11/23/2011 8:22:11 AM PST by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: MNDude

Translation: Google will do anything that is a losing capital venture and they know this is all a boondoggle.

But just like the loonies won’t see Steve Jobs as part of the corporate conglomerates, they won’t see Google as such either.


22 posted on 11/23/2011 8:22:43 AM PST by autumnraine (America how long will you be so deaf and dumb to the tumbril wheels carrying you to the guillotine?)
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To: MNDude

Translation: Google will do anything that is a losing capital venture and they know this is all a boondoggle.

But just like the loonies won’t see Steve Jobs as part of the corporate conglomerates, they won’t see Google as such either.

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Google *WON’T*...


23 posted on 11/23/2011 8:23:13 AM PST by autumnraine (America how long will you be so deaf and dumb to the tumbril wheels carrying you to the guillotine?)
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To: MNDude

24 posted on 11/23/2011 8:25:10 AM PST by Donald Rumsfeld Fan ("Science is the belief in the ignorance of experts." Richard Feynman father of Quantum Physics)
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To: MNDude
I have that 150 MPG carburetor I bought from a GM engineer
at home in my garage if they want to buy it from me.
25 posted on 11/23/2011 8:25:38 AM PST by WOBBLY BOB (Congress: Looting the future to bribe the present.)
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To: MNDude

Damn laws of physics.


26 posted on 11/23/2011 8:26:56 AM PST by Truth is a Weapon (Truth, it hurts so good.)
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To: stboz

> Funny how the Laws of Thermodynamics keep screwing things up.

Just let Congress know the exact laws so that they can repeal them.


27 posted on 11/23/2011 10:03:26 AM PST by jim_trent
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