Alternative energy is moving another step toward the mainstream. BusinessWeek has an issue full of articles about solar, wind, hybrids, conservation, decentralized production, etc. With Rita bound to make oil and natural gas prices rise dramatically (we hope everything turns out for the best - but lets not kid ourselves, this is a big one), we're sure that many people will look at this issue of BusinessWeek with a fresh perspective. Clean energies are starting to become quite competitive in some case, and downright cheaper in others (conservation and efficiency are of course the most cost-effective, and they work forever). You can read most articles online, although we don't know for how long, or you can buy the paper version (make sure to lend it to friends and family and leave it on the coffee table).