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November 15, 2018

As one of the world’s preeminent universities, Harvard continues to be a target for divestment activists.  But to their dismay, Harvard keeps rejecting them. Recently, students decided to put yet another pro-divestment referendum up for vote to the Undergraduate Council.  The referendum asks for Harvard to “completely divest its endowment from holdings in the fossil …

October 25, 2018

Middlebury College is making headlines once again as divestment activists use the institution’s sustainability goals to move it towards divesting its endowment from fossil fuels. Last week, Middlebury President Laurie Patton wrote an email to the school’s students, faculty, and staff announcing that the college’s board of trustees would be working on a series of …

October 14, 2018

An OpEd featured in Crain’s New York this month lays out the high costs of divestment for New Yorkers, and fact checks the lack of progress seen in the city to date. Here is what IPAA’s senior vice president of operations and public affairs had to say: “Last month divestment proponents claimed the movement is …

October 12, 2018

BP Chief Bob Dudley can be added to the growing list of voices speaking out against ineffective, costly divestment campaigns. At a conference this week in London, the energy chief highlighted how divestment is a false solution put forward by individuals that “want to drive a wedge between the energy industry and investors – between …

October 4, 2018

Activists failed to capitalize on the global attention of the United Nations general assembly and global Climate Week in New York last week, with efforts to re-energize the debate over fossil fuel investments in the region falling flat. You may think it’s surprising since activists and New York City leaders would have you believe the …

September 21, 2018

Despite a lengthy debunk of their false claims, the folks at the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) are once again spreading misleading claims and misinterpreting economic research in an attempt to paint divestment as a viable choice for pension managers. This time around a new piece posted by IEEFA’s Executive Director, Tom …

September 10, 2018

The new Arabella Advisors divestment report is out, and unsurprisingly they claim yet another trillion dollars has been divested since their last report was released in 2016.  We already previewed the announcement here.  But now that the new number is official, here is what you need to know about this divestment stunt. Claim: “Today, nearly …

September 10, 2018

Don’t be fooled. New numbers set be rolled out today by divestment leader Bill McKibben and fellow divest activists are all hype, no substance.   We have seen this game played before by activists – claims of trillions divested, with facts telling a far different story. Today is a repeat of days before, with the …

September 5, 2018

This week, another expert on the high costs and ineffectiveness of divestment Todd Kendall, an Executive Vice President atf Compass Lexecon, highlights just why divestment is a dangerous proposition for struggling pension funds around the country and the taxpayers who pay into them. This week’s stopover included a sit down with The Capitol Pressroom of …

August 30, 2018

In the Sierra Club’s annual publication of their “Coolest Schools,” the group selects 20 schools it views as the most ecofriendly. Coming in eighth place in this year’s ranking is Seattle University, which the Sierra Club claims is “on track to approve divestment this fall.” Yet a deeper dive into this bold claim finds Seattle …

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