What’s not to love about Apple building a pair of giant data centers in Ireland and Denmark, each the size of 30 football fields?
Especially when they come — as the one in Ireland does — with outdoor education space, a walking trail for the community and a plan to restore native trees to the Derrydonnell Forest.
I can see the benefits:
- Environmental: Powered by 100% reusable energy in a part of the world where the climate helps cool the server farms
- Political: Helping to defuse the European Commission’s accusations that Apple only sees Ireland as a tax shelter
- Bookkeeping: Apple gets to spend offshore some of the $158 billion it keeps offshore to avoid paying U.S. taxes
What I don’t see is a lot of jobs — except in Apple’s press release, where jobs are mentioned in three of the nine paragraphs. Here are two of them:
By contrast, Tim Cook’s quote, from the same press release, is careful not to over-promise:
Apple declined to specify how many permanent jobs the new data centers would create. It did not dispute a report, however, that when all was said and done, its $1 billion data center in Maiden, N.C. created only 50 full-time jobs.
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