your quote: I tend to think Finavera at 17 cents is risky, yet the downside is very low,
Well, as in any stock, the downside is always 0. which equates to 100% loss.
a much smarter play would be to sink a small investment into Zenn motor cars out of Canada as a play on EESTOR. EESTOR, if you know of the company, could spell the end of petrol. EESTOR has the backing of the world's largest VC firm, Kleiner Perkins....and they know what they are doing.
Wouldn't it be quite ironic if the birth of oil rose and fell out of Texas....well, it was first struck in Pennsylvania, but grew up in Texas.