I think the important point here is not the hypocrisy, but the fact that helping the fossil-fuel companies to be more efficient is order(s) of magnitude higher in greenhouse gas emissions than whatever the tech companies have as a carbon footprint.
It doesn’t go against the spirit of their green commitments, it utterly negates them.
If banks and other not so idealistic institutions can participate in fossil-fuel divestment then certainly tech companies can, too.
There is a carbon budget where if we spend it, we will get 2C of warming. The estimate is about 16 years of burning at the current rate. The rate at which we burn has increased 2.7% in 2018. The top ten 10% of the world population (that includes all of us crustaceans) burns 50% of all carbon.
We are part of the richest sector of the world society working in the richest industry. We have an outsized responsibility to stop climate change. And we so far have failed miserably. The contracts with Big Oil is a complete embarrassment. I hope the employees of these companies stand up like they did against the D&D contracts and demand changes from the board of directors.
[Comment removed by moderator pushcx: Trolling.]
[Comment removed by moderator pushcx: Nuking troll thread.]
Should AWS (and Azure and GCP, since otherwise it wouldn’t be too effective) refuse to service British Petroleum? I think they certainly can; the question is should they.
yeah. also it’s one thing to have them use your service, and another entirely to actively consult for them and build custom tooling for them. this seems like the latter, making it much more cut and dry as far as ethics are concerned.