26 Aug '14, 4pm

Green Investors May Find It Hard Breaking Up With Oil and Gas

Environmentalists have proposed fossil-fuels divestment, modeled on a campaign that targeted companies in apartheid-era South Africa, as a way to curb climate change by shifting investments away from polluting technologies. Stanford University is among 13 colleges and universities to join the campaign this year, committing in May to divest from coal — but not oil and gas. “Oil and gas stocks have outperformed other major sectors over the past five years,” according to the report. “Coal stocks, on the other hand, have been striking underperformers, reflecting a fall in international coal prices as the U.S. shale boom caused generators to switch into gas-firing.” The divestiture movement is backed by Bill McKibben, an environmental writer and co-founder of 350.org, a group that has identified 200 companies with the largest reserves of coal, oil and gas. McKibben warns that f...

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