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Energy and Climate Stories That Caught Our Attention in March

If you follow us on Twitter, you know that we keep a close eye on news stories about the energy transition away from fossil fuels towards renewable energy. We’ve summarized the ones we found particularly notable in the past month. Did we miss any? Let us know by tweeting at us (@FossilFreeIndxs). Investments Saudi Aramco, the state-owned oil and natural gas company of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the world’s largest oil and gas...

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Observing Energy ETF Performance in a Market Pull-Back

Were you watching the performance of energy securities during February’s market pull-back? We were. The movements were interesting. For expediency, let’s take a look at the performance of a couple of ETFs that represent the clean energy (QCLN) and oil and gas (XLE) sectors. The performance of SPY (the SPDR S&P 500 ETF) is shown as a reference for the broader US stock market. Security Closing Price, 2/1/2018 Closing...

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Navigating the Complexities of Public Pension Divestment

Fossil fuel divestment activists celebrated on January 10 when Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that the City of New York’s pension funds would divest from fossil fuel companies. Comptroller Scott Stringer mentioned that it had taken two years to arrive at this decision, and that the implementation of a divestment strategy would be “complex”. The complexity Stringer referred to is driven in part by the laws that govern the behavior of...

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Leaving the Paris Agreement: When Politics Trump Economics, Science, and Reason

By Christopher Ito and Lucy Di Rosa This afternoon, President Trump announced his intention for the US to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement. We’ve written about the risks, difficulties, and expense of withdrawing from Paris before; you can read our posts about that and our observations about Trump and energy policy here and here. In terms of the logistical, political, and financial impact, it is not clear at this moment what it...

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For Earth Day: US Changes in Energy Policy and The Carbon Underground 200

By Lucy Di Rosa and Michael Palmieri Several weeks ago, we posted a piece about how we thought the changes in direction in energy policy by the Trump administration could affect the transition to a clean-energy economy. As 192 countries around the world celebrate Earth Day this weekend, we know that climate change is on the minds of many, and that any major changes in policy favoring an increased reliance on fossil fuels will increase the...

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