Greenpeace urges Facebook to go green

WASHINGTON, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- U.S. social networking site Facebook said it was looking for ways to use more clean energy in response to an Internet campaign launched by Greenpeace.

Greenpeace opened a campaign dubbed "Unfriend Coal" on Facebook, challenging the Internet giant to become coal-free within the next decade.


Facebook announced recently it was building a data center in Oregon that would be powered by coal. Greenpeace said it wanted Facebook to make declarations on clean energy in time for Earth Day, April 22.

Facebook in a statement e-mailed to The Washington Post said it agreed with much of what Greenpeace had to say and was looking into ways to reduce its environmental footprint.

"Of course, it's important to remember that Facebook is a very young company and it's impossible to predict where we'll be in 10 years and, thus, it's difficult for us to make commitments about that time frame," the company declared. "Ten years ago, Facebook didn't even exist."

The Facebook page launched by Greenpeace had more than 41,000 fans as of Friday morning.

"We can get Facebook to unfriend coal, and show the rest of the IT sector what we're made of!" the advocacy group declares on the page.


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