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2 | THE DATA CENTER JOURNAL FEATURE Data Center Energy: Out of Control? In the new millennium's first decade, data center energy consumption in the U.S. grew quickly and seemed to be approaching an exponential rate of increase. Naturally, the result for years afterward has been hand-wringing over the implications; one example is the widely known New York Times article titled "Power, Pollution and the Internet." Exponential curves can be scary things. Take world population, for instance: the number of people on the planet took off in the twentieth century, leading to dire predictions of resource shortages, mass starvation and worse. Prophets of population doom such as Paul Ehrlich (author of The Population Bomb) practically became household names. BY JEFFREY R CLARK

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