After leading environmental group Greenpeace chided world’s biggest tech companies for supporting major oil companies in finding, extracting, refining and distributing fossil fuels, Google announced that it will no longer make artificial intelligence and machine learning algorithms for oil and gas extraction.
Greenpeace published “Oil in the Cloud: How Tech Companies are Helping Big Oil Profit from Climate Destruction” this week. The report examines how Amazon, Microsoft, and Google work with major oil companies including Shell, BP, Chevron, and ExxonMobil to use artificial intelligence technologies to unlock oil and gas deposits globally.
Last year Google Cloud received around $65 million from oil and gas companies, accounting for under 1% of total revenue, a Google spokesperson told CNBC.
On Tuesday, Google issued a statement to the Medium publication OneZero: “We will not…build custom AI/ML algorithms to facilitate upstream extraction in the oil and gas industry.” As Rachel Sandler explained in Forbes, the change applies to technology that can predict where companies would likely find crude oil.