Google Wants to Play Environmental Tattletale

Their “view cars” are now going to monitor pollution where they drive and give that data to a radical organization.

Google has found yet another way to get all up in our business. The company is taking its view cars the vehicles that drive around and photograph those cool street views for Google Maps and Google Earth with monitoring pollution in the places they drive.

But heres the thing: Google is going to send its pollution data to a nonpartisan organization. Nope, the data will go to the Environmental Defense Fund, a group with its own

The Washington Times reports:

> Googles Earth Outreach division has actually been mapping air quality via its Street View cars since 2014, but the information has stayed mostly in-house.

> Now, in partnership with the California company Aclima which builds air-quality sensors that connect to the Internet and with the Environmental Defense Fund, Google will begin making this information available to researchers. And therein comes the concerns. This research will sooner or later be fed to local and state boards and planners and regulators, who will then cite it to justify new controls.

The Times provides proof of what the EDF seeks to accomplish:

> EDF Sues EPA for Failure to Release Documents about Censored Science Proposal, one EDF headline blared in August.

> Another, from May: EDF Sues Interior Department for Failure to Release Documents about BLM Waste Prevention Standards.

> Another, from October 2017: Environmental Defense Fund Sues EPA over Failure to Release Public Records about ethics conflicts, activities of senior leadership, and threats to scientific integrity.

> That one detailed the EDFs disgust with then-EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, accused of roll[ing] back vital protections for human health and the environment.

> Yet another, from September 2017: EDF Sues EPA to Ensure New Toxics Law Protects Publics Right to Know.

Thats right. We certainly wont be able to count on the EDF to merely report the data. Theyll use it to help further that extreme environmental read regulatory agenda.

Google says it wants to use the data to help cities become healthier and smarter. But the bottom line is that Google wants to be the environmental tattletale, and theyve chosen the biggest environmental bully to tattle to.

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Abagail_adams
Abagail_adams

Good for Google.

And good for EDF trying to keep the EPA doing its job.

WillYams
WillYams

Radicalized groups with "specialized scientific data" that hasn't been through peer review. Nothing wrong here. (Hopefully you can read my sarcasm)I Maybe will make a cool movie like inconvenient Truth. But after all we know Google is such a strong group of philanthropist, who care.

Gus2268
Gus2268

I also dont understand what is nefarious about collecting this data. Interest groups may use it to justify overreach, but there is nothing wrong with collecting it and making it available - more information here is a good thing.

Robert Moore
Robert Moore

They are making the raw data public, no? If so, what is the problem? Everybody will have the same data to spin whatever way they want.

EasternHoldout
EasternHoldout

An extreme environmental agenda? Like having air that doesn't trigger an asthma attack the moment I step outside? Having grown up in California and knowing what the air quality used to be like, I have zero problems with this.