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Greenpeace stages protest at Apple offices in Cork, Ireland

updated 12:15 pm EDT, Wed April 18, 2012

Activists target Apple over

Four Greenpeace activists today organized a protest at Apple's office in Cork, Ireland, reports say. The people handed out leaflets, and posted signs on the side of the building, including ones that spelled out "Clean our cloud." Police and fire crews were called, and after an hour the activists voluntarily came down from the office's roof. Greenpeace is allegedly organizing related protests across Europe.

The effort is in support of a recent report criticizing Apple, Amazon and others for using "dirty" sources to power their datacenters. Apple has quickly fired back, arguing that Greenpeace got some facts wrong about the company's North Carolina facility. The building supposedly consumes five times less power than Greenpeace is saying, and may benefit much more from upcoming solar and fuel cell expansions than the 10 percent Greenpeace projects.

Apple is moreover claiming that its upcoming Oregon datacenter will run entirely on renewable energy. Datacenters as a rule can consume massive amounts of power, since they run servers processing terabytes or even petabytes of data on a 24/7 schedule. Google's servers, for instance, are known to manage dozens of petabytes each day.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Bobfozz

    Joined: Dec 1969


    credibility is shot

    these morons have no idea about what Apple is about and are making unwarranted assumptions. Apple should sue them.

  1. lkrupp

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Top Dog Syndrome

    Just part of being the most valuable company. The top dog always gets singled out by the activists, an easy target with lots of pr bang for the buck. I don't think Greenpeace protests have much effect anymore. Most people now know Greenpeace is a far left extremist organization. Greenpeace is right up there with PETA and ELF in the bat crazy wacko department.

    And I'm absolutely sure these nut jobs communicate with each other using iOS devices. Most are probably the spoiled offspring of wealthy parents with too much time on their hands.

  1. blshaw

    Joined: Dec 1969


    "five times less"?

    Perhaps the author meant "one fifth" the power....

  1. redcapzero

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Okay, organize, protest (without the simplicity of, I don't know...FACTS perhaps); way to go greenpeace.

    Oh, by the way, seeing that your own country of origin continues CLEAR CUTTING / the COMPLETE destruction of (your) wolf population, but "clean my(?) cloud"...yep, thumbs up.


  1. PJL500

    Joined: Dec 1969



    is representing millions of men women and children on this planet. They hold feet to the fire when it comes to gross pollution and this organization is very experienced in exposing poor corporate/governmental environmental stewardship. It also gets results through its campaigns and, little by little, makes it a safer place for people and all life on this planet.

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