Billion Dollar Green: Profit from the Eco Revolution by Tobin Smith

By Tobin Smith

Nice assessment of the U.S. eco-friendly funding possibilities that i'll use in comparing eco-friendly funding possibilities in Asia.

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In 2004 China and India combined for 22 percent of world emissions. The EIA predicts that by 2030, carbon dioxide emissions from China and India combined are projected to account for 31 percent percent of total world emissions. Finally, what is the rate of growth of these carbon emissions? 8 percent per year from 2004 to 2030. 8 percent annual growth. 6 percent annual growth. S. Department of Energy, May 2007), p. 73. from 2004 to 2030. The bottom line here is that CO2 emissions will continue growing and that means a greater chance of global warming and its potentially devastating environmental effects.

It’s an oil war. Those of you old enough to remember the cold war climate in the 1950s, ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s will understand the nature of this conflict best. This was the constant presence of tension between the communist Eastern bloc states and the capitalist West over who would essentially be the dominant world influence. This conflict went away a couple of decades ago, and the reason why was that the West won. The Soviet evil empire crumbled, and with it the communist influence on eastern Europe and other satellite states.

The reason for this longer VC waiting period has to do with the capital-intensive nature of green technology sectors. Think about how difficult it would be to reinvent the infrastructure that was put in place to support the internal combustion engine or the coaldriven power grid, and you can start to see why the scope and size of green technology industries is so massive. Another issue affecting capital influx into green is the many options out there. To be sure, choice is a great thing, yet the very broad nature of green and its myriad sectors and subsectors—many of which you will learn about in this book—makes allocating always-scarce capital resources toward the greatest return on capital.

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