Cleantech Investing Abounds

Is there an echo in here? The good news coming from venture capitalists last year is that they're continuing to support the growth and expansion of the cleantech industry at a record-setting pace.  According to Reuters, cleantech investment topped $5 billion for 2007, a 44% jump from 2006 (which was, itself, a similar increase over 2005…

Dupont: A Different Shade of Green

If you search the Internet for EI DuPont de Nemours & Co. (DD – $44.77), or simply DuPont, you’ll come across a stand-alone web page called Preserving Open Land: 1983. The page portrays DuPont as a paradigm for the chemical industry and details a supposed history of environmental stewardship which is in direct contraposition to…

Do We Really Need Market Returns?

A recent article in the Christian Science Monitor discusses the eternal question of ethical investing: "Can you have market rate returns and be socially responsible?"  Perhaps it should be framed as, "Must people in the business of SRI (mutual funds) emphasize the ability to meet market benchmarks in order to exist?"  G. Jeffrey Macdonald's conclusion…

Dreaming of a Solar-Fueled Democracy

Imagine the following: You are on the operating table as surgeons perform a delicate procedure on the artery supplying blood to your brain, when, without warning, the lights go out. For 10 terrifying minutes you wait – fully conscious, as you have been throughout the operation – as computerized medical equipment re-starts, using power from…

Briggs & Stratton: Get With the Program, Already!

Briggs & Stratton (BGG – $19.26), a small-engine manufacturer with corporate offices in Wisconsin, major manufacturing plants in six states, and offshore manufacturing in China, Dubai and the Czech Republic, has failed to mow down environmentalists or the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), whose draft regulation of small-engine emissions standards will become rule this year.

Who the $*ck is Jerome Kerviel?

That's probably what the Fed chairman said this morning when he woke up and saw the headlines. As it turns out, Jerome Kerviel is a 31 year old Frenchman who enjoys judo and sailing. He worked as a trader at Societe Generale, and somehow managed to lose almost €5 billion in a series of complex,…

Wal-Mart’s Next Goal

In a lofty address that at times resembled a campaign speech, the chief executive of Wal-Mart Stores, H. Lee Scott, said that “we live in a time when people are losing confidence in the ability of government to solve problems.” But Wal-Mart, he said, “does not wait for someone else to solve problems.” Mr. Horowitz said Wal-Mart had…

Coal Moratorium Gaining Steam

Rainforest Action Network (RAN) reports that 59 proposed coal-fired power plants have been cancelled or shelved in the past year. Both RAN and Coal Moratorium NOW! have been calling for a moratorium on the construction of new coal-fired power plants through education, grass roots organizing and non-violent direct action, such as the National Global Warming Teach-In on January 31, 2008.

Snorting up the Euro Boom

Photo:devan78, Creative Commons, Flickr Trends return every twenty years, and in 2008, people are blowing like it's 1988. If you are in the party circuit, you might notice the white powder on somebody's nose, and it ain't powdered sugar. Cocaine is back.

When is Enough, Enough?

Advertising agencies, as satirized on the television series "Mad Men," are rooted in, and drive, consumerism. "Mad Men" won a few Golden Globe awards this past week. I suppose it's only a matter of time before CorpWatch gives one of these agencies its tongue-in-cheek Geenwashing Academy Award.

Good to be Green? Chinese Banks Don’t Think So

Stock markets have been catching up to reality over the last few sessions. Up until recently there had been an argument that even if the U.S. economy performed poorly, there would be a decoupling and other countries would be alright. This assumption is now being questioned, leading to a global market meltdown.

Does Ford Get the Concept Behind “Green”?

In 2000, Ford Motor Company (F – $5.92) sponsored Time Magazine‘s Earth Day edition, Heroes for the Planet, and issued a statement declaring that it would henceforth spend as much on its environmental image as it would promoting a new model car. Ford also promised to reduce emissions.