There’s an ongoing defection from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce regarding its climate policy. Yesterday Apple quit the chamber in protest, and joined three big utilities (Exelon, PG&E and PNM Resources) that quit earlier. These companies have all indicated that they favor the regulation of greenhouse gas emissions, while the chamber has opposed the cap-and-trade climate bill that passed the House earlier this year.
Many businesses are eager to have the issue resolved in favor of predictability going forward, and some businesses stand to benefit. The geospatial community could benefit from resolution of this issue as well, because new tools will be needed to measure and monitor enterprise-scale carbon footprints, which is largely a geospatial problem.