Google, an internet search company, announced a US$ 4.4 trillion proposal for reducing U.S. dependence on fossil fuels by 2030. Google CEO Eric Schmidt, chided political leadership in the U.S. and the rest of the world for not showing initiative on the issue. Google’s philanthropic arm, Google.org has already made significant investments in alternative energy solutions that will naturally tie in to this plan. Google stock went up today after they announced this, but the whole concept is up “for debate”. (cross-posted at Metafilter)

Is this really their vision for the future?  They seem to like Al Gore’s better.  Is this merely their way of encouraging the adoption of a lot of the technologies that they have invested in through Google.org?  I’d like to think they are being, at the very least, benign and not self-serving.  I’m happy to see them bringing the issue up – who says a corporation can’t be part of the solution?

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