Ford C-MAX Energi At Charging Stations
KPMG recent research tellingly entitled The Transformation of the Automotive Industry observes that, “The global automotive industry is undergoing a fundamental transformation due to increasing consumer preferences toward vehicles with a lower carbon footprint.”
This growing consumer focus upon carbon emissions is now being reported from Beijing to the Jersey shore. China has seven of the top ten most polluted cities in the world because of their growing fleet of fossil fueled urban vehicles and their use of coal to generate 75% of their electricity. A reported dark-joke among Beijing citizens is that the measure of a day’s air quality is whether you can see your feet when you step outside.
American consumers are increasingly linking weather volatility events like Hurricane Sandy to the higher air and ocean temperatures created by human emission of green house gases. Today approximately 65% of citizens between the ages of 18 and 65 view climate changes as a serious or somewhat serious problem. In search of solutions governments and consumers are looking at automobile manufacturers for answers. Continue reading
Ford’s Experimental Dash That Measures Health Data
Imagine cars as “cool” as an Apple iPad or iPhone where you play games that generate real cash rewards or that can connect you with that hot-looking person driving next to you. That is the future I saw at the 2013 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS). Almost every manufacturer at this show was launching new cars equipped with electrification technologies that will turn driving into a digital engagement delivering value by saving money at the pump, reducing tail pipe emissions and potentially hooking you up with your future significant other. Continue reading
My current economic analysis points to the following three drivers behind the emergance of a green stock investment revolution for 2013.
Emerging Sustainability Accounting Standards
The accounting industry has now started down the path toward developing accounting principals that account for a company’s environmental footprint as an accounting liability that should be report as a liability on the balance sheet or deducted from operating income. Here’s why if this is adopted it will dwarf the impacts from Sarbanes Oxley: Continue reading
Here is my economic outlook of 2013 sustainability trend lines that U.S. stock investors should consider either running toward or away from:
Run From Coal
Coal is a fuel that the world increasingly cannot afford. Yes, on a therm of energy per pound of fuel basis coal is very price competitive. But that is a false cost analysis. I have shoveled coal. It is dirty. The cost to clean coal is high and climbing higher.
Coal is also on a collision course with water. Producing electricity from coal takes a tremendous amount of water. In the United States last summer’s drought brought a curtailment of coal-fired power production due to a lack of water or because water supplies were too warm for effective cooling.
China, which now accounts for half of the world’s coal consumption, is confronting a water choke point to its expansion of coal-fired power plants. In a not too distant future China will have to choose between using water to support coal-fired electricity generation or for the production of food and the servicing of urban citizens. This also applies to U.S. states like Georgia, Alabama and Texas that use a higher percentage of coal for electricity production and are increasingly confronting water supply constraints. Continue reading
The International Energy Agency (IEA) World Energy Outlook for 2012 has received tremendous media attention by forecasting that the U.S. is posed to displace Saudi Arabia as the world’s largest oil producer. This is great news for our economy because imported oil acts as a tax retarding our economic growth. However, the other IEA key findings were that energy prices are going up and our energy system, even with more oil, is still unsustainable.
Oil Prices Still Going Up
The IEA analysis confirms that oil prices will continue to rise even with increased oil production. This continued price rise is due to the incremental increase in world oil demand exceeding the incremental increase in oil supplies.More oil from U.S. producers does stimulate economic growth for the United States but it does not mean lower pump prices. Continue reading
Walmart has embraced making sustainability price competitive. Walmart’s strategic plan is to increase the sustainability of all of their products while at the same time maintaining everyday low prices. Because Walmart is estimated to touch one out of every three dollars of world commerce this Walmart strategy is now a catalyst accelerating a global green economic revolution. Continue reading
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