Carbon Emissions

Investments based on Science Fact, rather than Science Fiction

By | 2018-12-20T20:19:11+00:00 November 26th, 2018|Carbon Emissions, Climate Change|

By Valerie Gardner Joseph Mariathasan makes an important point in an article published in Investment & Pensions Europe (IPE), called "Nuclear Power - An Update." In it he reflects on the problems associated with exaggerations about the health risks of radiation associated with nuclear energy, as described by Dr. Wade Allison, Oxford University emeritus professor of physics and Anton van der [...]

Taking Stock of Known Risks to Future Returns

By | 2018-12-20T20:19:34+00:00 October 12th, 2018|Carbon Emissions, Climate Change, Cost of Carbon Emissions, Economic Indicators, Energy, Environmental Reporting, Fossil Fuel Free investing, Future Generations, Preventing Pollution, True expertise|

By Valerie Gardner Since our founding in 2002, we have seen it as our job to help our clients invest prudently in the market, in order to participate in the overall market growth and returns generated by business. We have always known that our clients will do best if we reduce their unnecessary costs and uncompensated risks, while providing [...]

Renewables Won’t Be Enough

By | 2018-12-20T20:23:36+00:00 March 7th, 2017|Business News, Carbon Emissions, Climate Change, Divestment from Fossil Fuels, Economic Indicators, Energy, Environmental Reporting, Fossil Fuel Free investing, Future Generations, Politics, Preventing Pollution|

Dr. Jonathan Tiemann Would it really be possible to replace our existing energy system with renewables? Mark Jacobson, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford, thinks we can do so by 2050.1  Prof. Jacobson has done an impressive job of synthesizing demographic, economic, and engineering data to develop a formula that seems to show a path toward a fully [...]

Changing the Economics of Energy

By | 2018-12-20T20:24:29+00:00 February 25th, 2017|Carbon Emissions, Climate Change, Energy, Fossil Fuel Free investing, Future Generations, TIA|

By Dr. Jonathan Tiemann This February, a group calling itself the Climate Leadership Council published a paper titled, “The Conservative Case for Carbon Dividends.” The paper’s eight authors constitute sort of a blue-ribbon panel of thoughtful conservatives. They include former senior Republican officials (James A. Baker III, George Schultz, Henry Paulson), prominent economists (Martin Feldstein and N. Gregory Mankiw, who [...]

Can you afford to ignore climate change?

By | 2018-12-20T20:28:59+00:00 September 25th, 2016|Carbon Emissions, Climate Change, Corporate Actions, Divestment from Fossil Fuels, Energy|

By Valerie Gardner BlackRock, an asset manager with over $5 trillion in assets, doesn't think so. According to Ben Moshinsky of Business Insider, BlackRock has issued a report warning investors that "Climate change is going to move a huge amount of money and not enough people are paying attention.1" For a group that holds major investments in various fossil fuel [...]

How to save $1.8 trillion

By | 2018-12-20T20:29:34+00:00 April 18th, 2016|Business News, Carbon Emissions, Climate Change, Economic Indicators, Energy, Environmental Reporting, Fiscal Policy, Preventing Pollution|

In a special 132-page report published in August 2015 entitled "ENERGY DARWINISM II: Why a Low Carbon Future Doesn’t Have to Cost the Earth," Citigroup, one of the world's largest financial insitutions, reported that it had studied the financial impacts and feasibility of whether we could afford to address climate change.   It found that, in fact, opting to address climate [...]

CEOs and Asset Managers Worried about Climate

By | 2018-12-20T20:34:19+00:00 June 3rd, 2015|Business News, Carbon Emissions, Climate Change, Divestment from Fossil Fuels, Euro, Fossil Fuel Free investing, Group of Seven, Preventing Pollution, Shareholder Rights|

Is it time to think about how climate change might impact your portfolio?  Apparently, some 120 CEOs and investment managers representing more than $12 trillion in assets think so. They were worried enough to send an open letter on May 25, 2015 to the Group of Seven (G-7) Finance Ministers to urge them to commit to reduce greenhouse gas emissions [...]

An end to “male, pale and stale?”

By | 2018-12-20T20:38:31+00:00 January 29th, 2015|Business News, Carbon Emissions, Climate Change, Corporate Actions, Energy, Environmental Reporting, Fiduciary Duty Standards, Financial Health, Financial Institutions, Fossil Fuel Free investing, Future Generations, Shareholder Rights|

Despite the well-pronouced and increasingly strident warnings from scientists about the deleterious effects of burning fossil fuels on the environment, there is a surprising amount of "business as usual" going on in corporate America. This makes the news about the way Anne Stausboll, the chief executive of Calpers, addresses climate change all the more impressive. According to an article in [...]

The price of oil is falling and frackers are hurting

By | 2018-12-20T20:39:27+00:00 January 7th, 2015|Business News, Carbon Emissions, Climate Change, Divestment from Fossil Fuels, Economic Indicators, Preventing Pollution|

The price of oil has fallen by more than 50% since June, 2014 when it was hovering around $110 a barrel. It is now below $50. This comes after nearly five years of relatively steady price growth and supply stability. However, at the November 27th meeting of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries, which controls nearly 40% of the world [...]

Of Markets, Mother Nature and Moore’s Law

By | 2018-12-20T20:40:49+00:00 November 29th, 2014|Business News, Carbon Emissions, Climate Change, Congress, Corporate Actions, Energy, Future Generations, Monetary Policy, Preventing Pollution, Shareholder Rights|

Lore has it, according to Thomas Friedman, that a Chinese emporor was so enthralled with the invention of the game of chess that he offered to fulfill any wish for the inventor. The simple wish: place 1 grain of rice on the first square of the chessboard, then place 2 grains of rice on the second square, 4 grains on the third square, 8 grains on the fourth and continuing doubling the grains across the entire board. The emporer granted the wish happily, only to discover that by the 64th square, he owed his kingdom in rice. Thomas Friedman included this among many brilliant observations and points made in a talk that he gave to Stanford's Precourt Institute last year. His point here being that trends that seem small and insignificat at the outset, can have huge and uncontrolled impacts if they maintain their incremental growth over time. He posits that we are on the second half of the chessboard in the way the markets work, the impacts we are having on Mother Nature and in the operation of Moore's Law on technology.