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Arguments for Divestment

Here are just some arguments in favor of divesting from fossil fuel companies.


The basic divestment proposal and a five-point argument in its favor. David Barnhill, 2014.

Some arguments against divestment, with rebuttals. David Barnhill, 2014.

The Case for Fossil Fuel Divestment. Bill McKibben, The Rolling Stone, 22 February 2013.

Carbon Underground 200. Fossil Fuel Indexes, 2014

Financial arguments

The Economic Case for Divesting from Fossil Fuels. Garvin Jabusch, Chief Investment Officer, Green Alpha. 7 March 2014.

The Financial Case for Divestment of Fossil Fuel Companies by Endowment Fiduciaries. Bevis Longstreth, former SEC Commissioner. 2 November 2013.

Get your cash out of fossil fuel backed funds says UN climate chief. 15 Jan 2014. Matt McGrath. BBC News.

Investors need to get off the fence on climate change. Ian Simm, CEO, Impax Investments. 26 Sep 2013.

Nonprofits have no good reason to invest in companies that hurt the environment. Lisa Renstrom. Chronicle of Philanthropy. 17 Nov 2014.

World Bank chief backs fossil fuel divestment drive. 27 Jan 2014. RTCC.


Arguments by college administrators

Why We Said Goodbye to Fossil Fuel Investments. Donald P. Gould, Pitzer College trustee and chair of the investment committee at Pitzer College and president of Gould Asset Management. 28 July 2014. Chronicle of Higher Education.

Why Sterling College Divested from Fossil Fuels. Matthew Derr, President, Sterling College, February 6 2013.

President of Prestigious Colleges Explains Why Divestment Makes Urgent Sense. James Lawrence Powell, who has served as President of Oberlin, Reed, and Franklin and Marshall Colleges. 28 January 2013.

An open letter to college and university presidents about divestment from fossil fuels. Stephen Mulkey, President, Unity College, November 13, 2012.

Time for higher education to take a stand on climate. Stephen Mulkey, President, Unity College, November 5, 2012.


Moral argument from one who benefited from divestment

Desmond Tutu calls for anti-apartheid style boycott of fossil fuel industry.
11 April 2014. The Guardian
Archbishop Desmond Tutu has called for an anti-apartheid-style boycott and disinvestment campaign against the fossil fuel industry for driving global warming.

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