Welcome to the Green Chip Review Weekend Edition — our insights from the week in everything alternative and cleantech, as well as links to our most-read Green Chip Review and sister publication articles.
That's how Jeff signs off from each and every article. It also happens to be the Green Chip slogan.
But I'll admit I'm only now starting to understand its full meaning. And I've been at this for several years now.
You see, green has always been "fringe" for me. The house in the cookie-cutter neighborhood with solar has always been an outlier; the driveway with a Prius, the same.
Now, with each passing day and with each new place I visit, I see the label of "fringe" is quickly being peeled off.
And while we haven't reached the saturation point yet, gone are the days of striving to be green... of fighting for validity... of being an outlier.
It's just become a new way of life.
In San Diego, for example, where I happen to be this week, there's a great rail and trolley system. Stations are in walking distance of everything you need, and many of them combine local architecture, plants, and art for an extra-pleasant experience. And the trolley I took to a Padres game boasted five brand-new railcars.
That's where the wealth comes in.
Because you can invest in the company making the railcars. And doing so could've made you significantly wealthier over the past year:
San Diego — and any other city with a half-decent public transportation plan — needs to buy railcars.
Same goes for all the products and engineering firms necessary to construct the dozens of green building complexes I've seen on the few walks I've taken.
Lights are the first thing that comes to mind when I think of green buildings. And there, too, we're seeing a new way of life.
Incandescents are being phased out and the companies making the LED lights to replace them are more than ushering in new wealth:
All you have to do is be aware enough to notice what's going on around you, and then find a way to capitalize on it in the market.
The new way of life is here. Be sure not to miss out on the immense wealth it's creating.
Headlines this week confirm that thesis:
South Korea's LG Group says it'll invest $17.90 billion by 2020 to incorporate sustainability into their operations while cutting current emissions by 40%.
BP — the oil company BP — will throw down another billion dollars this year on alternative energy development. They spent $1.3 billion in the space last year, and plan to spend $8 billion by 2015.
Said chief executive Katrina Landis about BP's view of cleantech: "We're absolutely holding these as core businesses."
And why wouldn't they?
We learned this week that solar capacity in the U.S. jumped 37% in 2009 — the fourth consecutive year of record growth — while generating revenue of $4 billion. (And we were in one of the worst recessions ever, remember?)
Both coal and natural gas have lost capacity share every year since 2004.
BP sees the writing on the wall. Do you?
Call it like you see it,
P.S. As always, you can catch up on the week's headlines you may have missed now...
What the Chamber is Forgetting to Mention About Energy: Smoke And Mirrors from the U.S. Chamber Of Commerce
Publisher Jeff Siegel points out to readers a few things the Institute for 21st Century Energy always forgets to mention.
Cap and Trade Legislation is Fatally Flawed: My First Ever Mea Culpa
Green Chip Editor Nick Hodge reverses his position on cap and trade, and offers a way to profit from the alternative.
Green Stocks: Three Green Stocks that Could Double Your Money
Green Chip's Jeff Siegel reveals three green stocks that could easily double your money... if you get in now.
The Automaker Poised to Outpace Toyota: China's Up-and-Comer Prepares to Take the Stage
Imagine investing in Ford, before the Model T... Volkswagen, before the Bug... or Toyota, before the Camry... Multiply this investment by a factor of 10 - that's what's going on in China right now. We'll reveal the battery company that you don't want to be last to know about.
Simple Oil Facts: Don't Be One of these Ill-Informed Readers
Energy & Capital Editor Nick Hodge discusses peak oil theory and the simple facts that people always seem to get wrong.
Chinese Clean Energy Stocks: The Chinese Cleantech Cash Machine
Wealth Daily Publisher Brian Hicks shares with readers an important piece on the cleantech treasure chest in the Middle Kingdom and how you can profit from Chinese progress in the energy race.
The Green ATF: Historic Policy Coup Creates a $30 Billion Market Overnight
One company just inked a contract worth 264% the company's entire market capitalization. That's a single project worth more than two and half times the company's total current value. It's a major undertaking, projected to generate enough revenue to boost the stock price as much as 171% in the short term, and Green Chip gives readers the name of the company in this new report.
Battery Company Stocks: Harnessing Billions in Battery Spending
Wealth Daily Editor Nick Hodge tells readers how to profit in the battery sector of the cleantech revolution, including several new plays for investors.
Governments Worried about Peak Oil: But Not Enough to Tell You the Truth
In this second part of a two-part series, Editor Chris Nelder reviews several more recent studies indicating that peak oil is in the near future...