Skip to comments.Microsoft Strives for a Carbon-Free Future. A Setback in Fargo Shows the Hard Reality. Software giant ran diesel generators to power its North Dakota campus due to forces it couldn’t control on the day of its bold climate pledge
Posted on 01/30/2020 8:23:29 AM PST by karpov
Hours after Microsoft Corp. pledged to eliminate its carbon emissions within a decade earlier this month, the company was forced to fire up fossil fuel generators to power its corporate campus in Fargo, N.D.
The software giant ran the diesel-burning machines for about five hours to keep the lights and heat on for 1,600 employees. It is one of about 100 big companies in the Fargo region ordered to do so by the local electric cooperative, which faced high demand for power. Microsoft receives a significant discount on its electricity rates in exchange for using backup power a few times a year.
The discharges were tiny relative to Microsofts ambitious climate goals, which include switching to 100% renewable energy in five years and eliminating by 2050 all the greenhouse-gas emissions it has produced since its founding in 1975. But they demonstrate a larger point: Corporations face a monumental challenge in living up to their climate pledges if they are reliant on other companies for energy.
Lucas Joppa, Microsofts chief environmental officer, said he is confident the company can meet its goals but understands it will be difficult. He expects stumbles along the way.
No one should have their head in the sand about the difficulty of the energy transformation for the global economy, Mr. Joppa said. Microsoft, he added, was investing heavily in alternative backup options that will allow it to get rid of its diesel generators.
A growing number of companies are committing to cut emissions from everything from the electricity they use to fuel burned during employees commutes. Last week, Johnson & Johnson said it would target a 20% reduction in carbon emissions by the end of 2020. British supermarket chain J. Sainsbury PLC recently pledged to reduce its direct emissions substantially by 2040
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Microsoft has no clue how to do hardware.
We hated working with them on new concepts as their response was always the same.
Our way or the highway.
I intend to let NO carbon into the air once I’m done decomposing.
Well actually I guess my rotted corpse will feed plant life that will let off carbon dioxide and animals will eat the plants and THEY will let off carbon dioxide...
It should be spread to dems that cremating themselves is the only answer.
Preferably right now.
I had to fly a private jet instead of using a row boat, because I had to be somewhere and couldnt get there by boat; all zero carbon retards.
Its all fun and games and bull crap until the grid goes down
And look - Im the solar contractor and I put in solar panels and batteries and generators every day
It aint cheap
At the point when America only produces software, every American earns a living from software, and every other daily necessity is bought elsewhere - thats when America can entertain MSs climate-cultist fantasy of being carbon free.”
I just had a tremendous idea for a new invention. A device that converts the methane from cow farts into CO2...oh, wait a minute.
In Fargo ND??!! What are you going to do for heat, light and power on a windless cloudy week when the temperature is dipping to -40F.
If the local electric coop cannot currently meet demand, likely due to recent cold temperatures, what will happen when we have environmental utopia and get all of our power from windmills and solar panels? On days when the wind isnt blowing and the solar panels arent getting enough sun will blackouts become commonplace? Without fossil fuel backup generators the Microsoft campus employees will be shivering in the dark during the North Dakota winter or sweltering with overheated servers during the hot prairie summers.
Get woke go broke...........
“Lucas Joppa, Microsofts chief environmental officer”
Essentially political commissar in a National Socialist system.
Why would a software company need a Chief Environmental Officer?
It’s PR and marketing, but it’s also a form of protection money to protect from the Green mob.
Janitor wearing two hats.
A carbon-free future is impossible. They mean Co2, and that’s impossible too.
Concentrate on making your stupid software work right!
Well, those are worthless goals. Don't they know that Saint Greta has determined that the world ends in less than 12 years?
“The software giant ran the diesel-burning machines for about five hours to keep the lights and heat on for 1,600 employees.”
The problem is they insisted on generating heat and light using real electrons - obviously they didn’t try hard enough to do that using computer-generated virtual electrons, produced with the same degree of relevance as their grandiose schemes of a carbon-free future.
Reality isn’t a strong suit for the warmist alarmist climate cultists. That has been obvious for some time. I often wonder if I shouldn’t find a piece of land with a small natural gas well on it.
Their Z-80 card was solid, I understand, though I preferred working on regular Z-80 computers (Kaypro, Spectravideo, even a TRS-80 Model I Level II)What language is that?
Dang, now you let my secret out.
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