Reason Number 256 Why Google Rocks

They’ve just announced that they are planning on spending 10’s to 100’s of millions of their own research money to prove that renewable and clean energy creation is able to be brought down to the same, or lower, cost levels of current coal power generation. It’s an ambitions task, but will certainly be a huge push that could jump start the renewable energy market.

From a USA Today article, Larry Page was quoted as saying “Our goal is to produce one gigawatt of renewable energy capacity that is cheaper than coal… We are optimistic this can be done in years, not decades.” As part of this push to research and push the cutting edge in renewable engergy, Google will be hiring talented engineers in many fields of related study.

News like this certainly puts a friendly face on Google despite the fact that it’s becoming a HUGE company; I’m certainly looking forward to seeing how successful this project is so that I can eventually buy my own solar, wind, and geothermal energy creation solution for my house (when I eventually own one).

[as heard on NPR’s Marketplace, in other news Verizon may become more “open” to a broader range of phones come next year]

[Related news: NYTimes, NYTimes 2, CNN Video, BBC ]



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