Fossil Fuel Divestment: Cities & States

Of all the institutions that ought to be looking out for the public good, surely our local and state governments are foremost among them. They have a responsibility to divest from an industry that’s destroying our future, and reinvest in solutions to climate change.

Even as extreme weather events like Hurricane Sandy threaten to overwhelm local budgets, federal inaction to solve this crisis is all but stalled. We have the solutions, but we won’t see any political progress on the issue until we can weaken the power of the fossil fuel industry.

The bottom line is this: divestment is the only moral choice for governments that care about their citizens. Solving the climate crisis is the only practical choice for governments that care about their solvency.

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  • Make Cheltenham Free from Fossil Fuels
    A recent federal report states: New federal figures show the amount of heat-trapping carbon dioxide in the air jumped dramatically in 2012, making it very unlikely that global warming can be limited to another 2 degrees. Many governments set a 2-degree increase as the upper limit. If our government at all levels doesn't take leadership global warming and climate change will likely become uncontrolable in the near future. We cannot allow the fossil fuel industry with its intense lobbying efforts to block this nation from becoming the leaders in the world on the most serious environmental threat we have ever faced. Divestment is a moral stand that will gain the necessary attention to make change. Please join with us and divest Cheltenham Pension Funds.
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    Created by Tom Bale
  • Divest Richmond from Fossil Fuels!
    We are witnessing the increasing impacts of a warming planet more and more consistently; in this last year alone our country experienced record-breaking heat, droughts, and hurricanes, which impacted hundreds of thousands of people and cost our country hundreds of billions of dollars. Experts agree that global warming will continue to accelerate and intensify these tragic disasters. The scientific consensus is clear and overwhelming; we cannot safely burn even half of global fossil-fuel reserves without dangerously warming the planet for several thousand years. Market analysts at HSBC have warned oil and gas majors, including BP, Shell and Statoil, that they could face a loss in market value of up to 60% should the international community stick to agreed emissions reduction targets. Their prediction is based on an ‘unburnable carbon’ scenario – a scenario where oil and gas falls to keep atmospheric temperature below 2 degrees. The analysts argue that the oil market is still failing to think about a low carbon future – ‘because of its long-term nature, we doubt the market is pricing in the risk of a loss of value from this issue’. Fossil fuel companies are a bad investment both for the planet and for our pocketbooks, and Richmond can send a loud and clear message by divesting city funds from fossil fuels.
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    Created by Melinda Skinner
  • Divest Nevada City from Fossil Fuels
    We are a group of students and teachers at Twin Ridges Home Study who are concerned about our climate. We are especially concerned about the high levels of ground level ozone in our atmosphere. The burning of fossil fuels is one of the main contributors to high ozone levels and a catalyst of climate change. This risks the health of current and future generations. We are afraid of losing our beautiful environment including our clean air and water. We would like Nevada City to continue to be at the forefront of environmental action. By divesting from fossil fuels we would begin to lead the nation in the fight against climate change.
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    Created by Trina Hunner
  • Divest Salt Lake City from Fossil Fuels!
    Climate change represents a critical threat to the future of Utah and all Utahns. An already dry region, unchecked fossil fuel consumption will bring prolonged drought and intense heat waves to Utah that will devestate the State's ski, tourist, and agricultural industries. For years now, fossil fuel corporations and the Democrats and Republicans they have bought have been claiming that climate change is a hoax or that it won't be serious, because they want to keep profiting from our oil, gas, and coal addiction. Yet scientists are warning that unchecked fossil fuel consumption will turn the U.S. Southwest, from Kansas to California, into a permanent desert. Farmers and ranchers in Texas and Kansas are already losing their livelihoods to drought. The Mississippi River is so low that it is being dredged so barges can get through. Water levels in Lake Mead have hit historic and critical lows. The time to act is Now!
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    Created by Andrew Hultgren
  • Support Divestment from Fossil Fuels in Minneapolis!
    Our local institutions have a responsibility to divest from an industry that’s destroying our future, and reinvest in solutions to climate change. We can not count on the federal government, even as extreme weather events like the record rain fall in the Duluth area last Spring overwhelm local budgets. We have the solutions, but we won’t see any political progress on the issue until we can weaken the power of the fossil fuel industry. The bottom line is this: divestment is the only moral choice for governments that care about their citizens. Solving the climate crisis is the only practical choice for governments that care about their solvency.
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    Created by Jean Ross
  • Divest Newport Beach from Fossil Fuels!
    Newport Beach is the blessed home to nearly 100,000 people many of whom have been very successful in business, and who are caring, intelligent, They care very much about their legacy and want to do all they can to insure that those that follow enjoys the benefits they've become accustomed to.
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    Created by mark tabbert
  • Divest Connecticut from Fossil Fuels!
    The science is clear that humans are accelerating and intensifying the effects of climate change because of our insatiable comsumption of fossil fuels. We need to act now and act swiftly to reduce greenhouse gas emissions so that our children and grandchildren can realize a life on a livable planet. Connecticut taxpayers are paying for climate change - recovery funds to repair our state from Hurricane Sandy's destruction, lost revenue from a Long Island experiencing rising tides and water temperatures, floods on our rivers and streams, impacts to our farmers and our agricultural industry. Why would we pay tens of millions to try and recover from Hurricane Sandy and at the same time support those corporations making the next Hurricane inevitable? Fossil fuel companies are a bad investment for the planet, for the State of Connecticut, and for the pocketbook/wallet of the people who vote you in/out of office. We are witnessing the increasing impacts of a warming planet more and more consistently; in this last year alone our country experienced record-breaking heat, droughts, and hurricanes, which impacted hundreds of thousands of people and cost our country hundreds of Billions of dollars. Experts agree that global warming will continue to accelerate and intensify these tragic disasters. The scientific consensus is clear and overwhelming; we cannot safely burn even half of global fossil-fuel reserves without dangerously warming the planet for several thousand years. Regarding the pocketbook, market analysts at HSBC have warned oil and gas majors, including BP, Shell and Statoil, that they could face a loss in market value of up to 60% should the international community stick to agreed emissions reduction targets. Their prediction is based on an ‘unburnable carbon’ scenario – a scenario where oil and gas falls to keep atmospheric concentration below 450 ppm. The analysts argue that the oil market is still failing to think about a low carbon future – ‘because of its long-term nature, we doubt the market is pricing in the risk of a loss of value from this issue’.
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    Created by Charles Button Picture
  • Divest Santee from Fossil Fuels!
    The City of Santee should be looking into what is best for the public good. What is best for public good is halting climate change. They have a responsibility to divest from an industry that’s destroying our future, and reinvest in solutions to climate change. Even as extreme weather events like continual drought and wildfires that just keep getting worse threatening to overwhelm local budgets, federal inaction to solve this crisis is all but stalled. We have the solutions, but we won’t see any political progress on the issue until we can weaken the power of the fossil fuel industry.
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    Created by Alan Stuart
  • Divest Oceanside from Fossil Fuels!
    We need to invest to develop clean, renewable energy production and stop investing and supporting fossil fuel, whether domestic or foreign. Global climate change is not waiting
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    Created by Alessandra Colfi Picture
  • Divest the Colorado State Treasury from Fossil Fuels!
    We are concerned with the moral and economic issues around being invested in companies that contribute to climate change. Climate change is ravaging our state, nation and planet with more wildfires, drought, higher food prices and extreme weather events. While climate change is severely impacting our quality of life now, it is young people whose future ability to thrive - and even survive - on our planet will be most impacted. Not only are the moral implications becoming more apparent, but the economic issues are also becoming prevalent. Hurricane Sandy relief exceeded $50 billion and in Colorado alone insurers estimated wildfire damage exceeded $450 million to personal property by July 2012. This would not be the first time Colorado has divested state investments on moral grounds. Several years ago, in 2007, a bill was passed requiring divestment from companies supporting atrocities in Sudan. Here, the bill would be based on economic as well as moral grounds. Moreover, the impact of the legislation to our own quality of life - and that of generations to come, would be far greater. *Update: The Colorado State Treasury has less than .01% of its $7 billion investment in oil and gas. That means that since a small portion of our investment is in fossil fuels it will have essentially no effect on our overall portfolio if we divest! But that also mean that we still have somewhere around $70 million invested in oil and gas, which is $70 million too much.
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    Created by Mark Chavez