Greenpeace wants Facebook centre off coal fuel

Written by Associated Press | Amsterdam | Updated: Sep 3 2010, 06:20am hrs
Greenpeace said about 500,000 Facebook users have urged the worlds largest social network to abandon plans to buy electricity from a coal-based energy company for its new data center in the US. Greenpeace executive director Kumi Naidoo sent a letter Wednesday to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg warning that the company risked its reputation and financial health if it ignored the environmental impacts of its actions. Facebook is really out of step with the trend among information technology companies, Naidoo said. The Amsterdam-based environmental group started a Facebook group in February after the company announced plans to build a center in Oregon, asking it not to use dirty energy. Last week, the group passed 500,000 members, according to Greenpeaces Web site.