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Why Divest? The Substantial Harm of Fossil Fuels

March 12, 2015 by Cutler Cleveland
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What principles should be used to make a decision regarding divestment from fossil fuels? One principle is the existence and degree of harm caused by the use of fossil fuels. And a prodigious body of evidence indicates that the fossil energy system causes pervasive human health, environmental, and social harm.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: Did I Miss Where it Said There Will be Zero Demand for Oil by 2050?

February 26, 2015 by Edward Dodge
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Saudi Arabia and Energy Source Change

Saudi Arabia’s oil minister is concerned about potentially disruptive trends that could undermine the oil industry in the coming decades. New technologies and efforts to cut carbon emissions offer potentially existential threats to the world’s most important commodity.[read more]

Divestment Outperforms Conventional Portfolios for Past 5 Years

February 21, 2015 by Peter Lehner

Divestment and Benefits

The Independent Petroleum Association of America recently commissioned and funded a study, covered in the New York Times and elsewhere, which claimed that university endowments would suffer without fossil fuels in their portfolios. Well, now we can look at the facts.[read more]

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If Divestment Won't Work, What's the Alternative?

February 16, 2015 by Harry Saunders
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Fossil fuel divestment will not keep carbon in the ground. Student activists should redirect their attention toward something that can actually be effective in mitigating climate change: advocating for radical increases in funding for basic research and innovation aimed at developing clean, cheap energy alternatives.[read more]

Divestment Will Not Keep Carbon in the Ground

January 28, 2015 by Harry Saunders
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Shuffling paper assets around does not change the production economics of the fossil fuels industry. Divestment must be justified on other grounds. No matter how widespread any particular misconception, it is unnerving when this infects learned discourse in the academy.[read more]

What's a University to do about Climate Change?

December 9, 2014 by Severin Borenstein
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Universities and Climate Change Action

About a year ago, I blogged about the fossil fuel divestment movement at universities, arguing that it is unlikely to have any effect, and that even if it did it would be to raise fuel prices, which we could do more directly with a carbon tax. In the last year, I’ve changed my mind on what a university can do.[read more]

Two Important Errors in the Fossil Fuel Divestment Debate: A Response to Robert Stavins

November 10, 2014 by Benjamin Franta
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Is climate change a moral crusade? Robert Stavins argues that climate change is fundamentally a scientific, economic, and political challenge, and that viewing climate change as a moral crusade may increase the political polarization surrounding the topic. Does this package of arguments hold water?[read more]

Does Climate Disruption Change Everything? A Review of Naomi Klein's 'This Changes Everything'

October 9, 2014 by Johannes Urpelainen
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Naomi Klein‘s 'This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate' makes three basic claims. First, capitalism is the key reason for our addiction to fossil fuels. Second, current solutions are not solving the problem. Finally, grassroots mobilization against fossil fuels can solve the climate crisis.[read more]

Importance of Energy Sector Divestments in a Climate-Change-Driven Environment

September 26, 2014 by Roman Kilisek

Divestment Efforts and Climate Change

Ernst & Young recently looked at a number of forces that are driving companies to shed assets thereby identifying four dimensions – deal strategy, cost management, speed and risk mitigation – as crucial for any successful divestment transaction.[read more]

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Fossil Fuel Divestment: A $5 Trillion Challenge or Opportunity?

September 2, 2014 by Silvio Marcacci
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Fossil Fuel Divestment

Skeptics dismiss divestment as a peripheral threat to fossil fuel’s dominance, but it’s a major opportunity in the fight to decarbonize our society and slow the expanding impacts of climate change. In theory, divestment works; in practice, at least so far, divestment has proven tricky.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: 'Students are Camping Outside the Door in Some Cases...'

July 13, 2014 by Jared Anderson

Fossil Fuel Divestment Efforts

The logic advanced by climate activists is that as carbon pricing policies proliferate globally, companies that generate significant portions of their revenue from oil production or coal mining, for example, will increasingly face competitive disadvantages that weigh on their valuations.[read more]

Divestment and Arctic Development, Between Drilling and the Deep Blue Sea

May 5, 2014 by Sieren Ernst

“Unlike most of the planet, the Arctic still contains uncharted mysteries,” a recent Bloomberg article quoted Scott Minerd of Guggenheim Partners LLC as saying. The statement is no doubt true. The Arctic is among the last pristine wildernesses on the planet.[read more]

Should Anti-Fossil Expansion Movement Align with Pro-Nuclear Movement?

May 4, 2014 by Rod Adams
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Should Anti-Fossil be Pro-Nuke?

On April 11, 2014, Roger Annis, a member of the Vancouver Ecosocialist Group, gave a talk at the University of California Santa Barbara. The talk was titled 'Oil, tar sands, coal, natural gas: What’s behind the expansion drive of Canada’s and North America’s fossil fuel industries?'[read more]