Business Not As Usual: Climate Action Chain Reaction And More

US Senator Robert Byrd
US Senator Robert Byrd
  1. All manner of dramatic actions and hyperbolic statements are being made regarding the upcoming climate meeting in Copenhagen.  No wonder industry leaders are keeping still. For a quick sampling of the latest, consider: Sen. Byrd to Big Coal: “Let’s Speak a Little More Truth.” and, Sarah Palin Issues Statement Calling for Obama to Boycott Copenhagen, Mocking Environmentalists; and, Government of Nepal Meets on Everest to Discuss Climate Change; and, Lou Dobbs Outraged That Obama’s Attending Copenhagen (Audio); and, well that’s enough of that. You see the point. Business significance: U1/C5
  2. The City of Philadelphia has created a prototype tax incentive program for 25 small businesses willing to set up “sustainable” shop.  Way too early to see who might qualify and which of them will actually stay in business.  But, it’s a good effort. See Locate Your B Corp in Philly, Get a Tax Break Business significance: U1/C3
  3. The transportation battery industry is positioned to grow immensely. Of course.  But how big might it become? See Lithium-Ion Batteries for EVs to Grow from $878 Million Market in 2010 to $8 Billion in 2015 for an overview. Think about the supply chain opportunities for mining, ore benefaction, chemical electrolyte synthesis, engineering polymer making, wires and connectors, and so on, that go beyond even the US$8 billion. Business significance: U4/C5
  4. The Environmental Protection Agency’s got its enforcement mojo back and the utility industry is among the first to feel it. There are impacts on the ground already, as multiple coal plants are closing and more are expected to do so. See Multiple US Coal-Fired Electricity Generating Plants Closing: What Gives? for details. Business significance: U5/C5

Following the example of our first, and introductory, weekly roundup from TreeHugger, Business Not As Usual: Chinese Environmental Activists Riot, And More, business “criticality” (C) and “urgency” (U) are each ranked above, subjectively, on a scale of 1 through 5, with 5 being the highest, and 1 the lowest. See that intro post for instructions on how to put the rankings to use.

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