It shall be declared that it is the policy of Benton County not to invest in fossil fuel companies and no new investments will be made in fossil fuel companies or in commingled assets that include holdings in fossil fuel companies.
Why is this important?
For the last century we've been burning fossil fuels at a much faster rate than the planet produced them. Now that the easy half is gone, the remaining sources will be more difficult to extract and much messier. In the name of quick profits, big petroleum corporations have driven us into a serious pollution problem.
Maybe we should remember how to live more like humans have historically lived and leave whatever fossil fuels remain for our great-grandchildren. The corporations won't back off until we insist.