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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  • Deb Query Query
    signed 2017-04-14 17:54:46 -0700
  • Noah Workman
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  • Lisa Frith
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  • Carol Lamont
    signed 2017-04-14 17:03:23 -0700
    I am a CalPERS member and do not want my retirement funds used for such despicable and dangerous purposes.

    Carol Lamont
  • Alison Mc Gregor
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    Alison R McGregor
  • Phyllis Backer
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  • franklin knight
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  • Roberto Santiago
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  • B Sullivan
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  • Peter Sklivas
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  • Victoria Horowitz
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  • Andy Towers
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  • Mary Puffenberger
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  • Sandra Danu
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  • Nicholas Hemwall
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    Nicholas Hemwall
  • Linda Evinger
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  • Jeffrey Reckinger
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  • Sabina Gross
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  • Katherine White
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  • Michael Cohn
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  • Adam Beebe
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  • Milton LeR. Goff IV
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    Milton LeR. (Rory) Goff IV
  • Peter Turco
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  • Emery goff
    signed 2017-04-14 12:27:35 -0700
    invest in renewable power sources, NOT OIL!
  • Janet Matthews
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  • Trisha Jachlewski
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  • Kenneth Sanders Jr
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  • Heather Emory
    signed 2017-04-14 11:56:23 -0700
    We stole enough from the Native Americans when us Europeans invaded North America. Spare those amazing people and find another way to build your pipeline. Stop being greedy bastards and find another way. – Heather L. Emory, Frederick, MD