Companies such as Google and Microsoft are happy to put their data centers on Dutch soil. Yes, we are on an internet exchange and we are a tax haven, but there is another reason why they think our country is the perfect place for their data storage: the government grants hundreds of millions of euros to wind farms. Much of this power goes to the tech giants, who can get a green image so cheaply.
The Swedish Vattenfall installed wind turbines in the Wieringermeer with a subsidy of 660 million euros. Not to provide Dutch households with electricity, but American data centers. Minister of Economic Affairs and Climate, Eric Wiebes, thinks this is all a great idea.
Zondag met Lubach explains this in a cheerful way in this fragment.
The topic has been on Twitter all morning trending. Minister Wiebes in particular has to suffer.
– P Visscher (@PieterVisscher) October 11, 2020
Lubach may tell it in a playful way, but that topic about the reason behind green electricity, data centers of large multinationals, wind turbines from Vattenfall and subsidy from Wiebes (our tax money) is really crazy for words. Stop that bullshit!
– René (@ revako11) October 11, 2020
So, are we sacrificing fishing for wind farms that provide data centers with green power? # municipality of Hollands Kroon # Sunday with Lubach pic.twitter.com/kxbaadYk86
— Simon Koornstra (@simonkoornstra) October 11, 2020
Brilliant Lubach about the madness of mega wind parks for international data centers. So not for our homes. And that with hundreds of millions of government subsidies.
It is time to end this madness.
– jack asselbergs (@jasassel) October 11, 2020