Study Says Universities Divesting Fossil Fuel Stocks Lose Big $

loserA researcher with the California Institute of Technology has taken a close look at what would happen if five major universities–Harvard, Yale, MIT, Columbia and NYU–heeded the siren call of anti-fossil fuel nutters to divest their considerable endowments from holding any fossil fuel-related stocks. Just those five universities would lose a combined $200 million of value in their stock portfolios should they divest from fossil fuel stocks. Such efforts have been going on for some time. Not long ago Syracuse University divested all fossil fuel stocks, which will lead to losses in their endowment fund (see Syracuse U Divests from Fossil Fuels, NYU Says “Irresponsible”). The California Institute of Technology report, titled “The Divestment Penalty: Estimating the Costs of Fossil Fuel Divestment to Select University Endowments” (full copy below) is a cautionary research report to prevent mistakes like SU’s from being repeated…

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