Divestment In The Senate

Yes, that’s right. Yesterday, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) mentioned the fossil fuel divestment movement yesterday as he was talking on the Senate Floor.

This the best part:

The public is ready for us to take action, but we’re not. We are, as I’ve said previous speeches, sleepwalking. As Congress sleepwalks, Americans actually are taking action on their own. 

In coordination with the nonprofit organization 350.org, for example, students at more than 150 colleges and universities across the country are pressing those institutions to sell off the portions of their endowment portfolio that are invested in fossil fuel companies. 

These students are imploring their schools to weigh the real cost of climate change against the drive for more financial returns, and divest from the polluters. “

A new momentum is afoot across the country. 

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