21 Sep Google: Big Brother in the United States, Neutered in China
Google is one of America’s largest companies. It prides itself on having liberal values — values so left-wing that the company ranks a 1 in all of 2ndVote’s categories.
One of Google’s so-called “values” is environmental protection. It cares about the environment so much that it supports raising taxes through carbon taxes and the Paris climate deal.
It also is engaging in sketchy “Big Brother” behavior in the U.S. Europe…even as it lets China censor the truth about smog in the Communist nation.
First, via The Washington Times, what’s going on in the U.S. and Europe:
Google’s Street View cars — the global cruisers that collect data for the making of more accurate maps — now have a new mission, and it’s one that’s sure to make the Green groups cheer. The tech company’s bolstering its fleet with updated pollution-recording devices from the San Francisco company, Aclima, to patrol streets in Europe and in the United States, and monitor fluctuating levels of air quality.
Sources familiar with Dragonfly said the search platform also appeared to have been tailored to replace weather and air pollution data with information provided directly by an unnamed source in Beijing. The Chinese government has a record of manipulating details about pollution in the country’s cities. One Google source said the company had built a system, integrated as part of Dragonfly, that was “essentially hardcoded to force their [Chinese-provided] data.” The source raised concerns that the Dragonfly search system would be providing false pollution data that downplayed the amount of toxins in the air.
In other words, Google is real dedicated to saving the environment when it doesn’t involve actually stopping the world’s worst polluter. It is real dedicated to stopping global warming or climate change or whatever it’s called now — as long as it doesn’t involve standing up to one of the world’s most heinous dictatorships.
Then again, Google’s “Big Brother” approach to environmentalism is pretty much in line with China’s view of individual liberty. Perhaps that’s why Google is neutering itself to partner with China.