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October 6, 2016

Today, a special task force at the University of Denver (DU) will hold its final scheduled hearing into fossil-fuel divestment. According to the program, the task force will hear from DU student activists who support divestment. At this point in the process, it’s worth reviewing what we have learned since the first public meeting of …

September 28, 2016

At the University of Denver (DU) Divestment Task Force hearing this Thursday – the sixth in a series – the task force will be hearing from DU professors, including the president of the DU Faculty Senate that passed a resolution endorsing divestment and the chair of the Faculty Senate Divestment Committee who signed an open …

September 26, 2016

This Thursday, as the University of Denver (DU) Divestment Task Force holds its sixth hearing on fossil fuel divestment, we have to believe the presentation from divestment supporters will go far better than it did last time. In the process of trying to explain the merits of fossil fuel divestment to the task force at …

September 23, 2016

Divestment has a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week Each new school year presents another opportunity for the divestment movement to gain more momentum, as students return to school and university boards gather for their annual fall meetings.  Safe to say, this week is not what activists had in mind when they started their …

September 21, 2016

Notre Dame University president Fr. John Jenkins has just announced the implementation of a five-year sustainability plan that unequivocally rejects divestment as an agenda that’s hypocritical and misaligned with the school’s energy consumption reality. As Father Jenkins explained about the plan: “Nearly all acknowledge that there is no practical plan by which we could cease …

September 20, 2016

UPDATE: We told you yesterday that the recent BU Board climate announcement amounts to nothing more than lip service to protesters, and it seems that the Divest BU group on campus agrees.  After the announcement was made public, they released a pretty blistering statement that right off the bat called out this decision for what …

September 16, 2016

Next week, Arabella Advisors will release the 2016 iteration of its highly-contested series reporting on the fossil fuel divestment movement.  In September 2014 and 2015, Arabella Advisors – with the support of divestment enthusiasts like 350.org, Divest-Invest, and As You Sow — released studies on the “progress” of the divestment campaign across the globe. The …

September 15, 2016

A last-minute change in the speaker line-up for today’s University of Denver (DU) Divestment Task Force hearing shows even deeper ties between the fossil fuel divestment campaign in Colorado and the effort to ban oil and gas production statewide. The switch also provides more proof that college divestment campaigns aren’t led by students at all, …

September 1, 2016

Colorado energy workers showed up in numbers today at the University of Denver with a simple message: Don’t endorse the anti-fossil fuel agenda of 350.org. DU is currently considering a proposal to divest the university’s endowment from investments tied to oil, natural gas or coal. A special DU task force, formed in July, has received …

August 31, 2016

As students head back to campus this fall, a national campaign aimed at forcing endowments to divest from fossil fuels will no-doubt kick up again, with national organizers from groups like 350.org urging students to rally to the cause. But just how has divestment fared over recent years, and how effective has it been? As …

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