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Facebook Starts Building Wind Farm That Will Totally Run Its New Data Center

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Facebook has recently commenced construction on a wind farm in Nebraska set to provide 100 percent of the energy needed for its forthcoming data center.

Building the site is expected to cost roughly $430 million and it’s part of the Rattlesnake Creek Wind Project, a developing wind farm in Dixon County, Neb., reports CNBC.

The move by the social media firm is just one of many green initiatives by big players in Silicon Valley, and serves as yet another sign of commitment towards alternative energy sources.

President Donald Trump’s decision to rescind from the Paris climate agreement earlier in the year “puts our children’s future at risk,” Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg said.

“Withdrawing from the Paris climate agreement is bad for the environment, [and] bad for the economy,” Zuckerberg wrote on a Facebook post at the time. “For our part, we’ve committed that every new data center we build will be powered by 100% renewable energy. Stopping climate change is something we can only do as a global community, and we have to act together before it’s too late.”

The company is now “one step closer to our goal of powering all of our operations with clean and renewable energy,” according to Facebook’s Director of Global Energy Bobby Hollis, reported CNBC.

Despite these claims of deep-seated care for the global environment, Zuckerberg has repeatedly demonstrated a willingness to do whatever necessary to gain access to the 700 million internet users in China, a country with a terrible track-record when it comes to protecting the environment.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos just opened his own massive wind farm in Texas, christening the final production by smashing a celebratory champagne bottle over one of the windmill units.

Facebook did not respond to The Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for further details by time of publication.

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