How to Invest in the Future of Energy
5 Ways to Game the Energy Market
Secretary of Energy Rick Perry is there.
So are Michael Bloomberg and the CEOs of Duke Energy and XCEL Energy.
They’re meeting with the most important people in the energy market today to discuss, well, the future of energy.
Hosted by Bloomberg’s New Energy Finance, this invitation-only event brings together the gatekeepers and market-movers of the global energy economy. And they're there to discuss the future of energy, not the past.
The event is not a staging area for politics or investment opportunities.
It’s simply the nerve center of the world where future trends in energy are disclosed, debated, and accepted as the reality of a new energy paradigm.
And this is what we heard yesterday...
There are more clean energy jobs in California than there are coal mining jobs in the entire nation.
The future of transportation is autonomous, likely to be jointly owned, and is probably going to be electric.
Nuclear and coal are not economical. But if you want to stay around and lose hundreds of millions of dollars, you have the right.
Electric vehicles will cost less than internal combustion vehicles in the 2020s.
Although there are plenty of representatives from the oil, gas, and nuclear industries, there’s one common theme that’s monopolizing the conversation amongst the world’s smartest people in the energy industry: technology.
Controversy and Profits
Looking at the future of energy, all energy investors must acknowledge and, of course, profit from a few realities:
Coal is no longer economically viable.
In the U.S., nuclear is no longer socially or economically viable.
The competitive advantage of natural gas has a remaining lifespan of about 10 years.
Gasoline demand has peaked with the mass integration of electric vehicles.
Large-scale storage will make nearly all baseload power generation irrelevant.
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What does this mean for investors?
Time to unload your coal positions or start shorting.
As long as nuclear development continues in China, Russia, and South Korea, any exposure to uranium should not be considered a risk. But in the U.S., nuclear is done. Stick a fork in it.
You can still make a few bucks from natural gas if you can successfully capitalize on the trading opportunities. But this is not an effective strategy if you’re looking for long-term profitability.
Electric vehicles barely represent an accounting error in terms of vehicles on the roads today, and yet their impact on gasoline demand is already noticeable. The flaws of the outdated internal combustion engine are being revealed, and nothing can save it now. Car companies that don’t effectively and rapidly transition away from internal combustion will die an avoidable death.
With competitively priced energy storage staring us right in the face, solar and wind will effortlessly climb across the corpses of fossil fuel zealots to control the new energy paradigm. In other words, solar and wind will make you rich, coal will make you poor, and oil and gas will end up being about as valuable as your money market account.
These are not predictions, my friend.
You see, a prediction suggests something that might happen.
There are a lot of folks who predicted Donald Trump would lose.
That prediction, like many other predictions, was made based on research and data collection on opinions and wonky algorithms.
But the future of energy is not predicated on anything but that which has already been substantiated by real-world scenarios.
Now, I realize this may not sit well with some, but my job is not to placate those who still have skin in the fossil fuel game. My job is to help folks profit from the continued evolution of the global energy economy. And that energy economy, dear reader, is one that is well on its way to being dominated by renewable energy, energy storage, and a boatload of new energy technologies that will ultimately make fossil fuels about as necessary as a flip phone from 2005.
Sure, you can use it. It still works, can make phone calls, and even take pictures.
But aside from a few holdouts, nobody uses those things anymore because today’s modern smartphones are, for lack of a better word, better.
When combined, solar, wind, energy storage, electric vehicles, and new energy technologies are simply “better” than coal, nuclear, oil, gas, and internal combustion engines that are so archaic, it’s amazing they lasted this long.
Of course, I understand there are still some people reading this who are shaking their heads and getting ready to leave a hostile, hate-filled note in the comments section. I know this because the same thing happened when I first sang the praises of Tesla (NASDAQ: TSLA), back when it was trading at $40. Today it trades for more than $300.
The same thing happened when I told investors to buy legal cannabis producer Canopy Growth Corporation (TSX: WEED) back when you could buy it for $1.50. Today it trades for nearly $10 a share. That puts us up more than 500%.
My point is simple: My analysis tends to be controversial. But it’s insanely profitable. And I’ll take profits over the backlash of controversial statements any day of the week.
If you feel the same, click here to see what I’m investing in now.
To a new way of life and a new generation of wealth...
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Jeff is the founder and managing editor of Green Chip Stocks, a private investment community that capitalizes on opportunities in alternative energy, organic food markets, legal cannabis, and socially responsible investing. He has been a featured guest on Fox, CNBC, and Bloomberg Asia, and is the author of the best-selling book, Investing in Renewable Energy: Making Money on Green Chip Stocks. For more on Jeff, go to his editor's page.
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