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January 11, 2019

The Institute for Pension Fund Integrity (IPFI) released a white paper this week, repudiating the divestment movement and reiterating the organization’s hardline stance against investment strategies fueled by political trends. IPFI’s decision to release the paper follows the New York City comptroller’s Request for Proposals in support of the city’s intended divestment strategy for three …

January 9, 2019

Late last month, Barron’s ran an opinion piece that lays out the futility of divestment from fossil fuel given the critical role of industry in developing and investing in proactive climate solutions —a fact often ignored by those who push empty gesture divestment. The authors of the piece, Thomas H. Stoner Jr. and David Schimel, …

December 20, 2018

Leader of the divestment effort Bill McKibben took to The Guardian this weekend to discuss how divestment is impacting fossil fuel companies directly. The only thing missing from his piece was facts. Here’s a takedown of some of McKibben’s main points: Myth: There have been 1,000 divestment commitments to date and just under $8 trillion …

December 19, 2018

The New York State pension will again be in divestment activists’ cross-hairs in 2019 as groups like 350.org plan a series of grassroots efforts to push Comptroller DiNapoli to sell the fund’s stocks in energy companies.  Despite the fact that such a gesture is of only symbolic value (read: sell just means other investors will …

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