The NSA data center in Utah may have a serious problem—and it’s not the gremlins that have caused equipment meltdowns in the past. The always morally consistent federal government elected to place a huge million-square-foot water-guzzling data center in one of the driest regions of the country (but you better make sure your toilet doesn’t 1.6 gallons per flush, or you’ll be in violation of the Energy Policy Act of 1992). Now, the state of Utah is considering a crackdown on environmentally unsound voyeurism: state representative Marc Roberts introduced a bill that he says will require municipalities to “refuse support to any federal agency which collects electronic data” in Utah, according to DatacenterDynamics. The state’s legislature will consider the bill in 2015.
Although this bill appears to be moving forward, one can rest assured that it will ultimately fail. Whether through threats or incentives (read: payoffs) from the federal government, the spying conducted by the NSA data center will go on. After all, it’s in the name of security (and NSA agents getting their jollies by looking at stolen photos of naked women). But at least the Utah bill may raise some awareness of the issue of water consumption by data centers.
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