Climate Change Activist Question Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) and Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) Cloud Services To Energy Companies

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Tech giants are under immense pressure to do more to combat carbon emission into the atmosphere. While the likes of Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) and Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) have reaffirmed their commitment to the same, their employees continue to question their growing ties to the oil and gas industry.

$20 Billion Cloud Services Push

The more than $20 billion spent by up oil and gas companies is one of the reasons why Amazon and Microsoft won’t be severing ties with the energy industry anytime soon. The likes of Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE:XOM), Chevron Corporation (NYSE:CVX) and BP plc (NYSE:BP) spend a big chunk of the money on cloud services provided by the likes of Microsoft and Amazon.

 Most people would argue that denying the energy companies cloud services would do little to force them to change their ways about carbon emission. However, employees working for tech giants providing the services, think otherwise.

Amazon and many other tech giants have continued to provide oil and gas companies tools that continue to fuel their businesses, leading to more carbon emissions.  In addition to providing solutions for sorting data on the web, the tech giants are increasingly furnishing the energy industry with tools for pinpointing exact drilling points, which by all means, will lead to more carbon fuel into the atmosphere

 While Jeff Bezos, the tech billionaire behind Amazon, has pledged to meet the goals of the Paris climate agreement, he has also indicated that he does not see anything wrong with doing business with the likes of Exxon Mobil. 

Bezos has reiterated that they will continue working with the energy companies to ensure they have the best tools. In addition, the tech billionaire has unveiled sweeping changes that he says will make the giant e-commerce carbon neutral by 2040. One of the initiatives involves a transition to renewable energy over the next decade.

Employees Outcry

Even as tech giants CEO insist that denying energy companies cloud service will do little to combat carbon emissions, their employees want to hear none of it. Some Microsoft staffers continue to question Microsoft’s partnership with oil and gas companies, which they insist continue to exacerbate the situation.

 Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella, insists they will continue working energy companies as by doing so; they stand a fair chance of coming up with sustainable energy production methods rather than doing nothing. The CEO has also reiterated that there is no CEO in the energy industry that sits down and says; ’we are going to deny climate change.

 Workers from tech giants Google Microsoft Amazon Apple insist the companies are doing little to combat carbon emissions. In recent marches in support of the Global Climate Strike, the workers made it clear of the need to reduce fossil fuel use. The workers continue to align in networking platforms and planning demonstrations, all in the effort of shinning the light on climate change issues.