Should Long-Term Investors Value Profits Over Climate Change?

According to a recent study published in the scientific journal, Climatic Change, and reported on by The Guardian, 90 companies have been responsible for nearly two-thirds of all carbon dioxide and methane gas emissions in the entire world since 1750.

As a long-term investor, should you be concerned if your investment appears on this list? Well, if you own shares in BP (NYSE: BP  ) , ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP  ) , Royal Dutch Shell  (NYSE: RDS-B  ) , Peabody Energy (NASDAQOTH: BTUUQ  ) , or Total SA (NYSE: TOT  ) , it's time to ask yourself that very question. 

In the video below, Motley Fool contributor Jay Jenkins digs into the numbers for these five companies, and highlights the huge risk for both the environment and for shareholders.

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  • Report this Comment On December 01, 2013, at 10:53 AM, dbtuner wrote:

    I would think companies like GM, Ford, Toll Brothers, etc would be bigger polluters. Companies that make giant cars and houses take the output of companies that produce energy.

    Unless we all decide to live in mud huts and forsake electricity and automobiles, this study is just useless.

    I would rather experience Global Warming than Global Cooling. If the earth cooled by a few degrees, billions would starve within 2 years. World War III would probably kill off the survivors.

  • Report this Comment On December 01, 2013, at 4:07 PM, JGalt2B wrote:

    This is pitiful. Global warming is a complete sham where the politically connected got rich by lying to the public and cooking the numbers. How foolish can fools get.

  • Report this Comment On December 02, 2013, at 8:59 AM, Darby22 wrote:

    I agree with those who believe so called climate change is a hoax. Of course we have climate change. look at the ice age, the glaciers that changed so much of northern north America, how did the Grand Canyon form, There used to be forests in what is now the Sahara desert. Did my car emissions do all that? Not likely.

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