Posts by Sandy Emerson

#NoDAPL Petition on PERS/STRS Pipeline Investments

Both of California’s huge public pension funds hold significant investments in Energy Transfer Partners, the publicly traded “master limited partnership” attempting to build the Dakota Access Pipeline at Standing Rock in North Dakota. Sign our petition urging CalPERS and CalSTRS to divest now from Energy Transfer Partners. CalPERS investments total about $65 million, CalSTRS about…

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Fossil Free California Delivers Petitions to CalSTRS

At the November 16 CalSTRS Investment Committee meeting, twelve Fossil Free California representatives from Chico, Santa Rosa, Petaluma, and Berkeley delivered public comments and two petitions urging the Board to divest from fossil fuels. The first petition, urging both CalSTRS and CalPERS to divest within five years, was active for a year and a half…

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Kevin de León to Lead California Delegation at COP 22 in Morocco

Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) will lead the California delegation at the United Nations 22nd Conference of Parties in Marrakech, Morocco, beginning today, November 15th. The trip is intended to assure global partners that California remains committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and building a clean energy future. “California is well…

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Carbon Bubble Threatens Investments

The carbon bubble threatens the investments of small investors as well as large, according to a recent article by Carol Clouse in The Guardian. When Big Oil’s unburnable reserves become stranded, these companies’ shares will experience a sudden and steep devaluation. As evidence mounts that fossil fuel companies will be required to “keep it in…

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Upcoming Divestment Events in the Bay Area

Get your meeting on! Three divestment events are offered in the Bay Area next week: • September 28 in Berkeley: Divestment Bay Area-Fossil Free California Meeting  Wednesday, September 28th, from 7-9 pm at Robert and Deborah Silvey’s home in North Berkeley, a three-block walk from the North Berkeley BART Station. Newcomers to the divestment movement are very welcome…

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Break Up with Fossil Fuels

Break Up with Fossil Fuels: How to Invest Sustainably and Divest Effectively Panel Discussion and Reception When: Thursday, Sept. 29th, 6:00-8:00 pm Where: MyDomino office, 327 19th Streeet, Oakland (2 blocks from BART) We’d all like to live a more sustainable and climate-positive life. Many of us have even taken actions like switching to LEDs, driving…

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As You Sow: Unconventional Risks of Oil Investments

A new report from As You Sow, UNCONVENTIONAL RISKS: THE GROWING UNCERTAINTY OF OIL INVESTMENTS details the many ways in which market forces are weakening the fossil fuels industry: higher costs; increased competition; global demand constraints due to government regulations; alternative and substitute technologies; and increased social activism focused on the industry. As You Sow is an Oakland, California…

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Divestment Bay Area-Fossil Free California Meeting – 9/28 in Berkeley

Announcing another in the ongoing series of regional networking meetings: Please come to our joint Divestment Bay Area–Fossil Free California meeting on Wednesday, September 28th, from 7-9 pm. The meeting will be held at Robert and Deborah Silvey’s home in North Berkeley, a three-block walk from the North Berkeley BART Station. Newcomers to the divestment movement are…

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Reminder: Individual Divestment Forum Sept. 15 in Palo Alto

“Where capital goes over the next fifteen years is going to decide whether we’re actually able to address climate change and what kind of a century we are going to have.”  — Christiana Figueres, former Executive Secretary, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (http://unfccc.int/2860.php) Divesting Fossil Fuels from Your Portfolio A Forum for Individual Investors Considering eliminating…

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A Tasty Afternoon with Fossil Free California

More than 35 climate activists gathered at Janet Cox’s house in Oakland on Saturday, August 27 to enjoy tasty treats (vegan ice cream and cookies as well as traditional) and get updates on Fossil Free California’s fossil fuel divestment campaigns. Rebecca Saltzman from the California League of Conservation Voters, and Dan Jacobson from Environment California,…

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