Because of this dramatic change, most folks here don't subscribe to any of the junk science school of thought claiming that global warming is either:
- Not occurring, or
- Due to naturally occurring phenomena
"We are now in uncharted territory and may well be on the cusp of a warming of the planet at a rate well beyond what can be predicted using our limited knowledge of history."Mr. Sprott considers further trends such as the massive industrialization of much of the world's remaining rural populations, and other trends in place as not projecting a bright future for the planet. Water shortages, food shortages, droughts, too much rainfall in places, rising sea levels, ever accelerating weather change, etc. Pretty much the usual bane of stuff that we manage to ignore every day, without too much thought or effort.
In any case, a goodly portion of the paper is directed to current statistics, events, and trends relating to global warming. (But I must tell you I learned something new: the paper suggests that the melting of the permafrost and its' sequestered methane gases as being an absolute tipping point - page 25 is a must read page).
By page 28, Mr. Sprott arrives at the investment risks and opportunities. He suggests the following sectors are at risk, if there is a 20% emissions constraint regulated:
- Electric utilities
- Metals and mining
- Oil and Gas
- Banks (some banks have high rates of commercial loans, whose clients may be subject to various types of business risk from global warming)
Finally, he suggests a hyper-inflationary environment could ensue at some point, thereby accelerating demand and prices for commodities in general, and gold in particular.
As one sentence in the document points out, a Swiss Re (insurance) executive stated that ...
"Global warming has accelerated from a problem that might affect our grandchildren, to one that could significantly disturb the social and economic conditions of our lifetime."In light of this, may I suggest one further solution we can provide as investors? Perhaps directly investing a very small portion of our investable assets, towards some source of lowering the warming load. Whether this is in a company that is in nuclear, solar, wind power, or any other investment that lowers or reduces the warming load, it doesn't really matter. By helping to provide more abundant equity available, we'll help spur the advance of technologies to save the life of this planet. Sometimes we have obligations beyond that just of short-term investors - we have obligations as human beings.
May I suggest 1/10 of 1% of your investable assets this year, or a minimum $100, increasing by a similar amount every year for nine more years? Consider it a donation - a donation in an area we have special knowledge and awareness in - the investment field. If we wait too long, the cost may be far, far too high.
The Confused Capitalist