Energy policy FAIL

Facebook is building a $1.5 Billion (with a B) data center in Altoona, Iowa, and yesterday, I saw a blog post explaining why.

Although there are several reasons why this location makes sense for a modern data center, Facebook’s own blog post notes “an abundance of wind-generated power” among the key draws for Altoona.  I’ve driven up I-65 from Indianapolis to Chicago a couple times a year for the last dozen and a half years, give or take, and I’ve seen vast areas of the adjacent farmland turn into colossal wind farms.  Apparently, Iowa was smart enough to get on this bandwagon, too.  Good for them.

Not in Ohio, though.  Here in Ohio, we’ve got gas.  Governor John Kasich is a famous fracking fan, though I’m sure this doesn’t have anything to do with the $200K+ he’s received in campaign donations from the oil and gas industry (followed closely by $186K to Rep. John Boehner).


So, thanks to Kasich’s leadership in fracking Ohio over, here are some of the things we get to look forward to (instead of $1.5B data centers):

A deformed fish found downstream of Alberta’s oil sands –

  • Hundreds of tons of chemicals, millions of gallons of water, and thousands of tons of sand used per well to make these things productive.
  • Earthquakes, which in a tragically ironic twist, are one of the things Facebook was trying to avoid by locating in Iowa.
  • Mutant fish.  Personally, I’d love to see a few of these tumorous little morsels show up on Kasich’s plate at a State dinner.

Follow the money, folks, and weep.  You’re getting fracked, Ohio.

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