So I was browsing the online energy/environment resources at the MIT, and I discovered this. Not only do I not know how it works (probably some math thing manipulates the raw data), but there are disclaimers right at the top telling you the data may not be completely accurate. But still, that’s pretty cool (oooh, pretty colors! And I can choose my spectrum! Yay!). Just like iFIND and Wiki City Rome are cool. Of course, in a world with Smarter Agent and GPS car navigation systems soon to include local gas, store, and housing information, I have high hopes that this kind of expenditure information will soon be available as I pass by.
Just think about it: consumers could actually have the ability to screen and choose the stores and companies they frequent based on energy expenditures, or other typically unobservable product costs. Information on pollution and recycling and waste managment could become public domain and readily accessible in map form. How awesome would that be?
We do public information releases like that now for where sex offenders live and work. Why not make the ‘bad guys’ of the corporate world take some accountability too?