Daily Archives: May 7, 2014

Stanford to divest from coal companies

Stanford Report, May 7, 2014
Acting on a recommendation of Stanford’s Advisory Panel on Investment Responsibility and Licensing, the Board of Trustees announced that Stanford will not make direct investments in coal mining companies. The move reflects the availability of alternate energy sources with lower greenhouse gas emissions than coal.

 

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The Stanford University Board of Trustees has decided to not make direct investments of endowment funds in coal-mining companies.

Stanford University will not make direct investments of endowment funds in publicly traded companies whose principal business is the mining of coal for use in energy generation, the Stanford Board of Trustees decided today.

In taking the action, the trustees endorsed the recommendation of the university’s Advisory Panel on Investment Responsibility and Licensing (APIRL). This panel, which includes representatives of students, faculty, staff and alumni, conducted an extensive review over the last several months of the social and environmental implications of investment in fossil fuel companies.

Stanford’s Statement on Investment Responsibility, originally adopted in 1971, states that the trustees’ primary obligation in investing endowment assets is to maximize the financial return of those assets to support the university. In addition, it states that when the trustees judge that “corporate policies or practices create substantial social injury,” they may include this factor in their investment decisions.

The analysis of investment in coal was undertaken through this policy lens. In particular, the Board of Trustees concurred with the university’s advisory panel that divesting from coal is consistent with this policy given the current availability of alternatives to coal that have less harmful environmental impacts.

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Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, May 7


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Published on May 7, 2014

Visit http://www.democracynow.org to watch the entire independent, global news hour. This is a summary of news headlines from the U.S. and around the world on Wednesday, May 7, 2014. Visit the Democracy Now! website to read the complete transcript, search the vast news archive, and to make a donation to support our daily, non-profit news program.

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What’s a Bigger Threat: Terrorism or Climate Change? – The Takeaway

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

An abandoned farmhouse is seen on Feb. 6, 2014 in California. Now in its 3rd straight year of unprecedented drought, California is experiencing its driest year on record, dating back 119 years. (David McNew/Getty)

A new report called the National Climate Assessment is sounding the alarm on climate change, but will it change the political conversation about energy use?

“Climate change is not a distant threat,” said White House Science Adviser John Holdren on Tuesday. “It is already affecting all regions of the country and key sectors of the economy.”

But according to a Pew Research Center survey conducted last spring, just 40 percent of Americans say that global climate change was a major threat to their country.

Retired Brigadier General Stephen Cheney says climate change and national security aren’t two separate issues.

When it comes to environmental threats on our home soil, sometimes there is more room for debate—and it’s often politicized.

Perhaps there’s no better example of this than the Keystone XL Pipeline, the 1,200 miles of proposed oil pipeline that environmentalists and energy companies have fought bitterly over for the past five years.

“I know that there’s some environmental concerns,” said Senator Mary Landrieu [D-LA] on the Senate floor last September. “I think they’re unfounded. I think they’ve been disputed by any number of groups. What I am just here to say is this is about American jobs. This is about building our infrastructure in America for more domestic production. Let’s get over this hump and let’s get together as we can. ”

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Answering Counter Climate Claims – Alan Robock on Reality Asserts Itself (3/5)


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Published on May 3, 2014

Mr. Robock takes on many of the arguments against the thesis that CO2 produced by industrial society is the main contributor to global warming

watch full multipart http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=832&Itemid=74&jumival=1179

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Will New FCC Internet Regulations Strengthen Monopoly Control?


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Published on Apr 30, 2014

Robert McChesney: In the fight between monopolies, the public doesn’t really have a dog in the race; the real question is why a cartel of private monopolies are controlling the Internet?

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Protestors To Occupy FCC To Fight For Net Neutrality

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Published on May 7, 2014

Organizer Kevin Zeese argues that the Internet should be treated as a basic utility like in Nashville, TN which has one of the highest internet speeds in the U.S.

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The National Climate Assessment – John Holdren


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Published on May 6, 2014

Dr. John Holdren, President Obama’s Science Advisor, introduces the National Climate Assessment and discusses President Obama’s climate action plan which takes an all of the above energy approach towards combatting climate change now. Learn more at http://www.whitehouse.gov/climate-change

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