CalPERS, Divest from DAPL!

The California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS), California’s giant pension fund, owns a major chunk of Energy Transfer Partners, the company building the fracked-oil Dakota Access Pipeline through the Standing Rock Sioux sacred lands in North Dakota. As of December 8, CalPERS owns 1,064,034 shares worth $36.8 million. In addition, CalSTRS, the schoolteachers’ retirement fund, owns debt securities (bonds) worth $28.7 million.

California retirees shouldn’t be investing in this pipeline — investing in the destruction of their children's future. The pipeline is intended to carry fracked crude oil from North Dakota’s Bakken shalefields through North and South Dakota, Iowa, and Illinois. In the process of construction, Energy Transfer Partners has already damaged numerous sacred sites and would drill under the Missouri River, the sole drinking water source of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. The Army Corps of Engineers denied the permit to drill under the Missouri, but we expect the incoming Trump administration to ram the project through — if investors like CalPERS and CalSTRS keep backing this foolhardy project.

If CalPERS and CalSTRS don’t voluntarily divest, the California legislature will consider a bill, AB20, to require divestiture by 2018. So the smart money is on getting out of a climate-destroying project early.
These pension funds are overseen by boards that include union and public officials, including California Treasurer John Chiang and Controller Betty Yee. They are directly accountable to the people of California and have a responsibility to all people to make ethical and responsible investments.
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To California State Treasurer John Chiang, California State Controller Betty Yee, and the other board members of CalPERS and CalSTRS:

Divest fully from the Dakota Access Pipeline companies!

 

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  • signed 2017-04-17 13:38:19 -0700
    Sarah C. Hall
  • signed 2017-04-17 11:58:12 -0700
    hopp
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    Amelea Canaris
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    pamela clutts
  • signed 2017-04-17 08:54:54 -0700
  • signed 2017-04-17 08:44:00 -0700
    DAPL is anti-earth, anti-environment, anti-health. This kind of fossil fuel development is dangerously stupid.
  • signed 2017-04-17 08:32:10 -0700
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  • posted about this on Facebook 2017-04-17 06:31:25 -0700
    @CalPERS, divest from DAPL! @CAController @JohnChiangCA take action! #NoDAPL
  • signed 2017-04-17 06:31:04 -0700
  • posted about this on Facebook 2017-04-17 06:00:42 -0700
    @CalPERS, divest from DAPL! @CAController @JohnChiangCA take action! #NoDAPL
  • signed 2017-04-17 06:00:31 -0700
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  • posted about this on Facebook 2017-04-17 05:43:58 -0700
    @CalPERS, divest from DAPL! @CAController @JohnChiangCA take action! #NoDAPL
  • @debbienewlf4me tweeted link to this page. 2017-04-17 05:43:54 -0700
  • signed 2017-04-17 05:43:01 -0700
  • signed 2017-04-17 05:36:26 -0700
    Nonna Noto
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  • signed 2017-04-17 00:33:43 -0700
    Jolie Stoyanoff-Collins
  • signed 2017-04-16 23:55:05 -0700
    As a California teacher, it disgusts me that PERS and STRS are investing in cancer causing, global warming causing fossil fuels. DIVEST now! Do you know how much CANCER is caused by fossil fuels….and you expect schools and teachers to contribute MORE into PERS and STRS because of the increased cost of benefits/retirement?? Crazy!
  • signed 2017-04-16 22:33:58 -0700
  • signed 2017-04-16 21:17:08 -0700
    Nora Cranfield
  • signed 2017-04-16 20:51:16 -0700
    Support environmentalism , not pollution!
  • signed 2017-04-16 20:38:16 -0700
    Terry Latschar
  • signed 2017-04-16 19:00:42 -0700
  • posted about this on Facebook 2017-04-16 18:04:11 -0700
    @CalPERS, divest from DAPL! @CAController @JohnChiangCA take action! #NoDAPL
  • signed 2017-04-16 18:03:53 -0700