Clean, green money-making machine


The race to profit from alternative energy begins

By Julie Dalla-Costa

Once branded a concern only for the Birkenstock brigade, the environment is seeping into mainstream consciousness. And that's not just in Hollywood, which this year awarded Al Gore an Oscar for "An Inconvenient Truth," his documentary about global warming. A cleaner environment has emerged as a campaign issue in next year's U.S. Presidential elections. It has also become a growing focus for hedge funds.

From heavyweight managers George Soros, D. E. Shaw & Co. and Citadel Investment Group to small, dedicated groups such as David Kurzman's