Clean investments in U.S. doing far better than fossil fuel stocks since 2017

first_imgClean investments in U.S. doing far better than fossil fuel stocks since 2017 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg:Fossil fuel never had a better friend in the White House than Donald Trump. So why, two years into his presidency, are investors favoring public companies devoted to renewable energy and giving the Bronx cheer to the coal, gas and oil crowd?Trump campaigned against the scientific consensus on climate change and promised to repeal any regulation that impeded the exploration, drilling, mining and burning of traditional energy. Since his inauguration on Jan. 24, 2017, he rescinded the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan, the Interior Department’s moratorium on new coal mining on public land, and President Barack Obama’s 2013 climate action plan and 2015 climate mitigation efforts. He withdrew from the Paris agreement signed by 195 countries in 2015, revived construction of the Keystone XL pipeline connecting Canada’s oil sands to Gulf Coast refineries, and increased by 600 percent the public land (not to mention coastal waters) for lease by oil and gas companies.Yet with all of these incentives, fossil fuel is a rare loser in the stock market since Trump took office. And that’s after oil appreciated 15%. The 170 companies in the Russell 3000 Energy Index, most of which engage in oil and gas, are down 12% during the first administration to declare global warming a hoax. The Russell 3000, meanwhile, gained 27% and technology, its best-performing sector, rallied 53%, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.As lucrative as the overall stock market has been for investors during the past two years, clean-technology shares have done even better. The 89 major publicly traded U.S. firms identified by Bloomberg New Energy Finance as deriving at least 10 percent of their revenue from the business of renewable energy, energy efficiency or clean technology have returned 50%since Trump’s first day in the Oval Office.Free-market capitalists seek profits wherever they see the potential for exceptional growth, and they’re reaping a bonanza from the cleanest companies. Ameresco Inc., a firm based in Framingham, Massachusetts that develops renewable-energy projects, almost doubled its value to $15 a share during the Trump presidency. Vivint Solar Inc., a Lehi, Utah-based installer of renewable-energy equipment, appreciated 98%. Cree Inc., the Durham, North Carolina producer of energy-efficient environmental lighting, surged 121%, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.What did traditional energy companies do for their shareholders during the same period with Trump as the cheerleader-in-chief? Irving, Texas-based Exxon Mobil Corp. gained 1%. Kinder Morgan Inc., the pipeline transportation and energy storage company based in Houston, lost 1%. Peabody Energy Corp., based in St. Louis, declined 4% since it was restructured in April 2017, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.More: Trump likes fossil fuels. Investors don’t.last_img read more

Patrick Vieira praises Mikel Arteta’s impact as Arsenal boss

first_img Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 12 May 2020 8:33 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.2kShares Mikel Arteta replaced Unai Emery in December (Picture: Getty Images)Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira believes boss Mikel Arteta has brought much-needed ‘energy’ back to the club and has already won the backing of his squad.The Gunners sacked former manager Unai Emery in December after a poor run of form left them in mid-table with some players seeming to down tools.Arteta’s arrival has reinvigorated the side and given outcasts like Mesut Ozil and Granit Xhaka a new lease of life.Before the season was brought to a halt due to the coronavirus crisis, Arsenal were the only Premier League team to remain unbeaten in 2020, and Vieira is confident Arteta is the man to take the club forward.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTWhen asked if he still tracks his former side’s progress in an interview with Ian Wright for Adidas Home Team, he said: ‘Yes, of course. I’ve been [watching]. What is said is, when you’re a Gunner, always a Gunner. ‘So I keep watching them all the time, I watch their games and what is really interesting with Arteta is that he brings the energy back. ‘And it looks like they are playing for the club, but for the manager as well, and I think that is really important.’ Patrick Vieira praises Mikel Arteta’s impact as Arsenal boss Advertisement Vieira now managers Ligue 1 side Nice (Picture: Getty Images)Arteta is seemingly well respected in the camp, and according to Gunners left-back Kieran Tierney, the Spaniard has got the team all singing from the same hymn sheet.‘He knows what’s going to happen in a game and how it’s going to happen and what you should do, where you’re going to get pressed from and where your options should be,’ he told Sky Sports.‘You should know where the left-mid is going to be and the centre-mid so you can just play in sync, everybody is using one brain and I think that’s perfect.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalThe ex-Manchester City coach received a word of warning from his former Gunners boss Arsene Wenger, who is hoping Arteta can restore some of the values he upheld during his 22-year spell as Arsenal manager.‘I worry about the club still a lot and I watch all of the games,’ Wenger told talkSPORT last week. ‘I believe there is a culture in the way to play football at Arsenal that I want to be respected, and I hope Mikel can get that back.’MORE: Arsenal handed major boost in race for £13m Reims defender Axel DisasiMORE: Arsene Wenger names Nwankwo Kanu as his best January signing for ArsenalFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

Copper linked to Alzheimer’s

first_img Tweet Share 20 Views   no discussions Share HealthLifestyle Copper linked to Alzheimer’s by: – August 20, 2013center_img Sharing is caring! Share Mixed evidence on the role of copper in Alzheimer’sA lifetime of too much copper in our diets may be contributing to Alzheimer’s disease, US scientists say.However, research is divided, with other studies suggesting copper may actually protect the brain.The latest study in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences showed high levels of copper left the brain struggling to get rid of a protein thought to cause the dementia.Copper is a vital part of our diet and necessary for a healthy body.Tap water coming through copper pipes, red meat and shellfish as well as fruit and vegetables are all sources of dietary copper.BarrierThe study on mice, by a team at the University of Rochester in New York, suggested that copper interfered with the brain’s shielding – the blood brain barrier.Mice that were fed more copper in their water had a greater build-up of the metal in the blood vessels in the brain.The team said this interfered with the way the barrier functioned and made it harder for the brain to get rid of a protein called beta amyloid.One of the hallmarks of Alzheimer’s disease is the formation of plaques of amyloid in the dying brain.Lead researcher Dr Rashid Deane said: “It is clear that, over time, copper’s cumulative effect is to impair the systems by which amyloid beta is removed from the brain.”He told the BBC that copper also led to more protein being produced: “It’s a double whammy of increased production and decreased clearance of amyloid protein.“Copper is a very essential metal ion and you don’t want a deficiency and many nutritious foods also contain copper.”However, he said taking supplements may be “going overboard a bit”.Mixed evidenceCommenting on the latest findings, Chris Exley, professor of bioinorganic chemistry at Keele University, said there was “no true consensus” on the role of copper in Alzheimer’s disease.His research on human brains reached the opposite conclusion: “In our most recent work we found evidence of lower total brain copper with ageing and Alzheimer’s. We also found that lower brain copper correlated with higher deposition of beta amyloid in brain tissue.“He said at the moment we would expect copper to be protective and beneficial in neurodegeneration, not the instigator, but we don’t know.“The exposure levels used mean that if copper is acting in the way they think it does in this study then it must be doing so in everyone.”Dr Eric Karran, from Alzheimer’s Research UK, said: “While the findings present clues to how copper could contribute to features of Alzheimer’s in mice, the results will need replicating in further studies. It is too early to know how normal exposure to copper could be influencing the development or progression of Alzheimer’s in people. ”Dr Doug Brown, from the Alzheimer’s Society, said: “Considering copper is a vital mineral for the body, people should treat these results with caution and not cut it out of their diet. More research is needed to understand the role that copper might play in the brain.”BBC Newslast_img read more