MAY 25: California fossil fuel divestment bill heads to full Senate floor vote

MEDIA ADVISORYFOR PLANNING PURPOSESMay 24, 2023 Contact: Shana DeClercq | | (415) 376-3746 After passing Senate Appropriations, SB252 is the “climate bill that could.” Tremendous momentum for California, the world’s sixth largest economy, to lead on climate, economic, and fiduciary responsibility. WHAT: SB 252 (CalPERS & CalSTRS fossil fuel divestment bill) full Senate floor vote WHEN…

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California’s Public Pension Divestment Bill – SB 252 – Confirmed through Senate Appropriations, Now Heads to Senate Floor

Photo of a large group of people gathered to lobby for the Climate Accountability bill package. They are under large trees on the Sacramento Capitol grounds and hold a sign that reads, "Divest California's Public Pensions." Photo by Brooke Anderson.

It’s the “climate bill that could:” SB 252’s tremendous momentum demonstrates that California, the world’s sixth largest economy, is prepared to lead on climate and fiduciary responsibility, taking the helm of the financial industry’s shift toward fiscally responsible investing. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMay 18, 2023Contact: Shana DeClercq | | (415) 376-3746Photos available here | Banner…

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What is Climate Accountability Bill Package?

The Climate Accountability package comprises 3 transformational bills that will ensure we are meeting the climate crisis with strong data, financial transparency, risk mitigation, and in the case of our public pensions, divestment of $14 billion of fossil fuel funds. Learn more with these informative graphics from California Environmental Voters. Your Voice Matters! State Assembly…

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Financial outcomes from divesting from fossil fuels

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Screening out fossil fuel stocks has not had a significant impact on returns for global, well-diversified portfolios — in fact over the past 12 years, an index without fossil fuels outperformed its most similar index with fossil fuels, and two separate studies by found that divestment actions taken by funds worldwide have passed the prudence tests required of fiduciaries. An additional academic study spanning decades that included previous oil price spikes found no significant difference in performance between portfolios with and without fossil fuels.

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