Posts by Robert Silvey

Ireland Moves Close to Total Divestment

Last week the Irish parliament voted to divest from fossil fuels. This legislation will make Ireland the first nation to ban investment of public money in the fossil fuel industry. The bill now goes to committee, and it is all but certain to become law. It represents Ireland’s commitment to the Paris climate accords — and a strong rebuke to Trump and other climate deniers.

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Teachers say CalSTRS must divest from Big Oil

Prospects at CalSTRS are bright for a real shift in investment strategy. Members of the board are increasingly tuned in to the dangers of climate change, and they are beginning to adjust their financial decisions to focus on more sustainable holdings. We at Fossil Free California applaud their efforts. But so far the shift in investment policy is not large enough…

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California climate action in the time of Trump

While all of us are frightened and grieving at the idea that an avowed climate change denier will lead our nation’s response to the Paris climate agreement, Californians need to take heart and get to work. Our state, the fifth largest economy on the planet and the established climate leader among subnational governments, must step…

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The Earth needs us

We cannot despair. The fate of humanity rests on what we do over the next four years. David Leonhardt says it best: This morning, many Americans feel sick. The country they thought they knew doesn’t seem to exist. Many of them are worried in a way they never have been before. I share a lot…

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