green power goes to tech giants –

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.