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Pomona College Hosts Debate on Whether the Claremont Colleges and Individuals Divest from Fossil Fuels? Monday, Feb. 11

As the fossil fuel divestment movement gathers steam on college campuses nationwide, Pomona College will present a community-sponsored panel discussion on “Fossil Funding: Should We Divest From Fossil Fuels?” on Monday, Feb. 11, at 7 p.m., in the College’s Rose Hills Theatre (Smith Campus Center, 170 E. Sixth St., Claremont).

A large percentage of America’s money – from endowments to personal investment accounts – is invested in the fossil fuel industry: coal, oil and gas. Climate activists argue that it is time for this to change, while financial pragmatists think pulling out of these “reliable” investments is the wrong way to go. The Claremont Colleges Divestment Campaign has been featured in several news stories on the movement, including in the New York Times.

Participating on the panel to discuss the pros and cons of divestment, with regard to both institutional and personal investments, as well as the role of 350.org role in the debate, are:

• Jess Grady Benson, Pitzer College, a student on the Claremont Colleges Divestment Team;

• John Jurewitz, Pomona College lecturer in economics with expertise in energy economics and natural resources policy;

• Heather Williams, associate professor of politics at Pomona College;

• Paul Steinberg, associate professor of political science and environmental policy at Harvey Mudd College; and

• William Ascher, the Donald C. McKenna Professor of Government and Politics at Claremont McKenna College, who has expertise in environmental policy and public policy.

The panel will be moderated by environmental historian Char Miller, the W.M. Keck Professor of Environmental Analysis and director of the Environmental Analysis Program at Pomona College.

Sponsors of the event include the Associated Students of Pomona College, the Pomona Student Union, Sustainable Claremont, and the Claremont Colleges Sustainability Coalition. The event is open to the public. There is no cost to attend.