According to MIT researcher Timothy Gutowski (as quoted in Low-Tech Magazine), manufacturing a one kilogram plastic or metal part requires as much electricity as operating a flat screen television for 1 to 10 hours. And the energy requirements of semiconductor manufacturing techniques are much higher than that, up to 6 orders of magnitude (that's 10 raised to the 6th power) above those of conventional manufacturing processes.
SHOOT: I have been saying for quite some time that I believe the biggest threat to the internet is the mandatory energy usage involved both in production and everyday utility [contributing increasingly in energy supply limits and inevitably, blackouts].
America's adoption of networked broadband digital media and "cloud-based" alternatives to print are driving record levels of energy consumption.
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