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December 8, 2015

IPAA-commissioned survey quantifies real-world opinions of university donors on issue of divestment Washington, DC – As divestment activists try their best to generate attention for their campaign around the U.N. climate conference in Paris this month, a new survey released this week of large financial donors to colleges and universities in the United States suggests …

December 3, 2015

This week, Bill Gates made headlines with the launch of his Breakthrough Energy Coalition — an initiative that will bring 28 of the world’s largest private companies to actively invest billions of dollars into renewable energy research and development. But rather than taking a moment to applaud Gates’ announcement, divestment activists are busy pushing around …

December 1, 2015

  The fossil fuel divestment gang will be in Paris tomorrow for media events, once again alleging growth of the divestment movement and announcing a “new tally of divestment commitments and total money under management that’s gone fossil free.”  Yet this worn out press gimmick has been thoroughly debunked before, most notably by liberal media …

November 25, 2015

This week, the Georgetown University Student Association (GUSA) senate rejected a student referendum calling for Georgetown to fully divest from fossil fuels. The student representatives recognized that the referendum, sponsored by Georgetown University Fossil Free, lacked an effective and substantive strategy, citing the need to prioritize and address other important issues on campus over divestment. …

November 24, 2015

Last week, unsatisfied members of Fossil Free Stanford (FFS) began protesting, then sitting, singing and sleeping, in front of the school’s administrative building and refused to cease until the university completely divested from all fossil fuel holdings. The protests didn’t last long, but ended on Saturday in a sit-down with President Hennessy who succinctly laid …

November 20, 2015

Columbia University’s Advisory Committee on Socially Responsible Investing released a new report today, rejecting Columbia Divest for Climate Justice’s proposal to the board of trustees, making Columbia the latest high-profile institution to reject divestment along the likes of MIT, Yale and Harvard. From the committee’s report: “The more the Committee has deliberated over the possibility and …

November 20, 2015

  The Heritage Foundation recently held a discussion on the dangers of divestment featuring Rachelle Peterson, Director of Research Projects at the National Associate of Scholars (NAS), who has published a new in-depth analysis on the fallacies and ineffectiveness of the movement. As DivestmentFacts.com reported last week, the NAS analysis takes an inside look at …

November 11, 2015

The National Association of Scholars (NAS) recently released an in-depth analysis about divestment, its mission and its overall effectiveness. NAS set out to find the real outcomes of divesting—assessing the impact on the environment, universities and fossil fuel companies.  For proponents of the movement, the results are less than flattering. The report itself is very …

October 22, 2015

After months of discussion and debate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology announced it will not divest its endowment from fossil fuels, echoing previous comments from the university doubting the merits or effectiveness of divestment.  Instead, the school announced a “plan for action on climate change” that places a greater emphasis on engagement and research initiatives. As …

October 12, 2015

Last week, we took a few minutes to outline some of the concerns surrounding the effort out in California to force the state’s two major pension and retirement funds — CalSTRS and CalPERS – to drop certain energy-related stocks from their portfolio, notwithstanding previous statements from each speaking out against divestment. But believe it or not, …