The footprint of those is surely going to become an issue going forward, that's explains marquee pre-emptive actions to link them to renewables.
The question is whether intrinsically (and ceteris paribus) #decentralization consumes less (because traffic remains more localized)
@owl in that vain there is also the hierarchy of text -> audio -> video usage, where the later is promoted as it stimulates more strongly even though its information content is actually the lowest :-)
but this takes us a bit into the subjective domain of whether the nature of the traffic volume justifies the resource consumption
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