Fossil Fuel Divestment

Last Thursday a group called Better Future Project / 350 Massachusetts protested outside of the State House demanding that Massachusetts divest from fossil fuels.

The group is behind S. 1225 – An Act relative to public investment in fossil fuels. S. 1225 directs the Pension Reserves Investment Management (PRIM) Board to cease new investments in fossil fuel-based companies and to divest the public Fund of all fossil fuel holdings within five years.

Governor Patrick spoke in favor of divestment. At the commencement ceremony of the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, he referenced “heat waves, coastal flooding, intense precipitation and more extreme storms” and invoked a “future free of fossil fuels.”  He also called for Massachusetts to “finally end all reliance on conventional coal generation” within the next four years.

Other Legislators who supported this Bill include

Sen. Ben Downing

Sen. Hariette Chandler

Sen. Cynthia Creem

Sen. Sal DiDomenico

Sen. Kenneth Donnelly

Sen. Eileen Donoghue

Sen. Jamie Eldridge

Sen. Barry Finegold

Sen. Thomas McGee

Sen. Marc Pacheco

Sen. Karen Spika

Sen. Daniel Wolf

Rep. Denise Andrews

Rep. Cory Atikins

Rep. Ruther Balser

Rep. Gail Cariddi

Rep. Tom Conroy

Rep. Carolyn Dykema

Rep. Marjoire Decker

Rep. Lori Ehrlich

Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier

Rep. John Fernandes

Rep. Gloria Fox

Rep. Sean Garballey

Rep. Ken Gordon

Rep. Jonathan Hecht

Rep. Kay Khan

Rep. Jay Kaufman

Rep. Mary Keefe

Rep. Peter Kocot

Rep. Stephen Kulik

Rep. Liz Malia

Rep. Paul Mark

Rep. Denise Provost

Rep. David Rogers

Rep. Tom Sannicandro

Rep John Scibak

Rep. Frank Smizik

Rep. Ellen Story

Rep. Tim Toomey

Rep. Aaron Vega

Rep. Chris Walsh

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