July 19, 2016

On Tuesday, Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin signed an Executive Order giving preferential treatment to companies that are “fighting climate change.” More specifically, the order states that “favorable consideration” will be given to companies that promote clean energy practices such as offering employees an option for a fossil fuel divested retirement account.  While at first glance …

July 5, 2016

A recent column in the Daily Kos attempts to undermine the work done to expose the real costs and (often very limited) divestment decisions recently made by universities. Unfortunately, the writer misses some key facts – much like the divestment movement itself. Myth: The column notes that “the fossil fuel industry seems to be taking …

July 5, 2016

Following on the heels of major divestment rejections from NYU and Cambridge last month, the University of Utah’s Board of Trustees recently announced that it will not get rid of the school’s fossil fuel investments. Despite pressure from student activists and a resolution from the Academic Senate calling on the school to divest its $715 …

June 29, 2016

  By now, no one should be surprised by “empty gesture” divestment pledges from college campuses and pension funds. The latest example? The University System of Maryland Foundation (USMF). The University, according to the student paper, “has no direct investments in coal, tar sands or any companies on the Carbon Underground 200 list,” yet announced …

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