I'm a commuter and the wife and I have "only" 1 car between us. I must admit that I ride my bike for mostly selfish reasons (it's fun, it saves me money, it keeps me healthy, etc.), but I also like the fact that riding to work is better for the environment than driving to work. I'm not a huge environmental activist or anything, but I try to do my part by recycling, not using much electricity, conserving water, etc.
I recently started an IRA and, obviously, I want it to grow as much as possible. I don't want to go too far into the specifics, but I do think there is money to be made in the oil industry. Would it be wrong to buy stock in an oil company? Am I killing the environment by supporting the evil oil industry? Does it not matter because plenty of people will invest if I don't? Is it a good thing to support a company that extracts oil in a more environmentally friendly manner than others, or is supporting any oil company at all the wrong way to go?
What about alternate energy sources? If gas keeps getting more and more expensive surely some of them will take off, right? Is there just as much money to be made there?
Would you think twice about buying stock in an oil company, or would you buy any stock that you felt would make you money?