Republicans are outraged by a ‘green’ Xbox update

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The right-wing outrage machine has gone from gas stoves to an innocuous appearance Xbox console update that focuses on power saving features for reduced power consumption.

In a statement released this month, tech giant Microsoft explained that Xbox consoles would now offer “carbon-conscious” game updates and downloads in a bid to reduce the company’s emissions.

“While your console is plugged in, connected to the internet, and regional carbon intensity data is available, Xbox will schedule game, application, and operating system updates for your console at specific times during the window. nightly maintenance, which can result in lower carbon emissions as a greater proportion of electricity comes from low-carbon sources on the power grid,” the company said.. According to Microsoft, the new update could potentially save users money.

Some Republican pundits and politicians didn’t like the announcement at all and are using it as the last front of the culture war. “Now the Woke Squad is after video games in the name of climate change,” said conservative group Young America’s Foundation. tweeted. “Xbox Will Force Gamers to Switch Off to Fight Climate Change, Touting First ‘Carbon Conscious Console’.”

Jimmy Failla, a Fox News Radio host, saw the update as a move by Microsoft to appeal to young people. “They are trying to recruit your children into climate politics at an earlier age, make them climate aware now,” he lamented.

The environment The spirited update was apparently too much for Sen. Ted Cruz to handle. “First the gas stoves, then your coffee, now they’re aiming at your Xbox,” he said. tweeted earlier this week.

The fake outrage follows a frenzy over a possible in the gas stove (one who is do not arrivedespite the real health risks posed by Appliances). In the not-so-distant past, right-wing politicians were also worried that President Joe Biden’s climate plans get rid of burgers through promote decrease in red meat consumption. “Joe Biden’s climate plan includes cutting 90% of red meat from our diets by 2030. They want to limit us to about four pounds a year. Why doesn’t Joe stay out of my kitchen? Colorado Representative Lauren Boebert tweeted in 2021.

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