Apple Store in New YorkApple is the second most valuable private company in the world, but steadily gaining on Exxon Mobil, which is currently worth about $338 billion to Apple’s $300 billion.

This shouldn’t be only of interest to investors. It holds far broader political and cultural significance. It’s not just about value, but values.

There couldn’t be a more stark contrast between the new economy and the old than the comparison of these two companies–a sleek tech giant versus a dirty fossil energy monster.

(READ the analysis in Discovery)

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