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A New Economic Stimulus

Written By Nick Hodge

Posted December 17, 2008

They say repetition enhances learning. So, here we go:

Renewable energy production can provide long-term economic growth and thousands of new green jobs for the United States, while helping to reduce reliance on oil and cut greenhouse gas emissions.

It’s like the new Pledge of Allegiance.

This time, though, it’s not me spewing the facts. That sentence came straight from the Biotechnology Industry Association—the most recent in a parade of organizations, governments, agencies, and administrations that have attested to the viability of a new green-led economic stimulus and recovery.

All the Goliaths of the of the political, financial, and public realm have put their influence (and billions of dollars) behind renewable energy, and its prospects for job creation and economic rehabilitation.

You can’t fight it. David only beats Goliath in fiction.

Best come along for the ride. Start learning about the energy of tomorrow. The technology is changing rapidly, and there are a hundred market segments you need to be educated on.

If you don’t start soon, you’ll quickly become obsolete in the new world of energy investing because. . .

There Are Too Many Ways to Profit

It’s even hard for me to keep track of them all sometimes. Here’s a list of cleantech sectors, just off the top of my head:

Biofuels. Biodiesel. Algae biodiesel. Ethanol. Cellulosic ethanol. Hybrids. Electric vehicles. Batteries. Energy storage. Flywheels. Smart grid. Inverters. Solar panels. Solar cells. Solar ingots. Concentrating solar. Polysilicon. Wind turbines. Gearboxes. Transmission upgrades. Geothermal. Carbon mitigation. Carbon trading. Carbon sequestration. Carbon storage. Energy efficiency. Demand response. Wave energy. Tidal energy.

Pick your poison, and the thousands of companies that go with it.

The Biotechnology Industry Organization, for example, is supporting a green stimulus because of its constituents’ exposure to biorefineries, biobased materials, and energy crops (add those to the list above, by the way).

They want gov’t cheese like most all other industries right now.

And, with Obama’s firm commitment to alternative energy, his recent appointment of a climate change and energy team, and talk of a new $600 billion stimulus, being dubbed the "green recovery," that’ll ready to sign when he takes office, it looks like plenty of money is about to flow to the sector.

Mr. Obama has already said that "It will be the biggest government infrastructure investment since the interstate highway system was launched in the 1950s."

And, in a press conference earlier this week, where he named his climate change and energy team, Obama said of his plan is relation to past efforts, "This time has to be different."

But with the industry now so diverse, how is one to know where to look for profit? Which sectors will succeed? Who will get the most government support?

With a little preparation, and the right guidance, you’ll be able to answer those questions with ease, and translate that information into pure profit.

Here’s how.

The $600 Billion "Green Recovery" Stimulus

As part of the $ $600 billion (and growing) stimulus being put together by Mr. Obama and congressional leaders, many sectors will be the focus of government spending.

The bill is expected to free up money for infrastructure projects (both electric and brick-and-mortar), energy conservation, and the expanded use of renewable energy.

Some of the assistance will come in the form of tax cuts, some will come from new policies requiring certain project coffers to spent with a specified period of time, but most will come in the form of government-spear-headed, federally funded, new energy initiatives—most of them green.

One idea is a "national infrastructure reinvestment bank," with a 10-year, $60 billion budget, to to help finance major projects across the country.

Another is a 10-year, $150 billion, "green recovery" plan aimed at creating five million jobs via private development of alternative energy sources. Money from that package would go to fund home weatherization, smart meters that measure energy usage in real time, and solar panels for government buildings.

Other recipients would include wind power and electricity transmission projects to allow more renewable energy to be delivered to the grid.

And we’re profiting from companies in all those sectors at the Alternative Energy Speculator.

Associated infrastructure stocks and renewable energy stocks have already been abuzz with activity.

Major infrastructure players like Fluor (NYSE: FLR) and Caterpillar (NYSE: CAT) have been tenuously climbing ever since the election, and have really been heating up since talk of the "green recovery" began.

Alternative energy stocks, particularly energy efficiency, have also been performing well on the news.

Thousands of investors will continue to profit from this green new deal at the Alternative Energy Speculator, and I’ll be making plenty of new recommendations to boot.

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Call it like you see it,

nick hodge