After Canada’s bow out of the latest Kyoto summit, it’s easy to be disheartened with the current state of the environment in governmental policy. But, there are huge advances in research and development currently taking place, with some of the world’s brightest minds actively seeking a feasible cut with coal. Some of these developments, such as solar power, are starting to move well beyond the ‘pipe dream’ phase and garner serious attention at the investment level. And let’s be honest, changes in human consumption can only really kick in when the profit motive becomes apparent for industry and attendant policymakers. The good news is that the time is right for businesses and researchers to get behind coal alternatives.