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Fossil Fuel Divestment Protects Health, Saves Lives


Fossil Fuel Divestment Protects Health, Saves Lives

Eric Lerner

Passage of SB 185, requiring the California Public Employees' Retirement System and the California State Teachers' Retirement System to divest from coal companies, is great news not only for us Californians but for the planet. The legislation will quite literally allow us to breathe a little easier.


Good stuff, Mr. Lerner. May the trees continue to withstand the fires and drought that's so terribly impacting beautiful California at this time.

The following bear repeating:

"Critics of the divestment argue that leveraging fossil fuel companies to address climate change is too narrow a strategy to effectively offset the damage fossil fuel emissions are causing to the planet. There is merit to this critique, which is why the divestment movement is also supporting policies to cut subsidies for fossil fuel exploration, extraction and production and pushing for policies that support renewable energy and energy efficiency.

"As we know, the challenges of addressing climate change are many, but the divestment movement is making incredible strides and may be our best hope for protecting communities across the world from the destructive forces of climate change."


The damage to human health and to the environment caused by power plants is dwarfed by the damage caused by the animal slaughter business, also known as agribusiness. Why do articles like this always mention the former but never the latter? By now, everyone knows that power plants are not good for human health or for the environment. When will we start seeing articles that explain the connection between the meat industry and environmental destruction and the very unbeneficial effects on human health? Look at Greenpeace, the Sierra Club, and all of the other major environmental organizations. Many people have pointed out that those organizations do recommend the consumption of less meat, but none of them point out that agribusiness produces over half of all greenhouse gases and that this is the number one problem of human civilization. Therefore, putting an end to agribusiness should be the central focus of all environmental organizations. Instead, they focus on whipping up public sentiment against the use of fossil fuels. That is not a bad thing, but it ignores the larger issue.