Trade Futures, Save the Planet

Just as derivatives help farmers manage crop prices, futures contracts can offset the vagaries of the weather to help wind and solar solve climate change.

Futures contracts could fix energy's future.

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With the world finally recognizing the need to do more to ameliorate the effects of energy production on climate change, financial markets can make a valuable contribution to the shift toward renewable sources. In the same way that the derivatives markets help farmers manage crop prices, futures contracts can help power producers offset the vagaries of the weather.

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