- Associated Press - Saturday, June 6, 2015

BOSTON (AP) - Massachusetts lawmakers have scheduled a public hearing on a handful of bills that seek to divest the state’s pension fund from fossil fuel investments.

The bills are scheduled to be heard before the Legislature’s Committee on Public Service at the Statehouse on Tuesday morning.

One the bills would require the pension fund to gradually sell off investments in fossil fuel companies.

Environmental activists and students have spearheaded the divestment movement both at the Statehouse and at universities. They are argue that large institutions need to begin the process of weaning themselves off fossil fuel profits and look ahead to a renewable energy future.

In a recent commencement speech at his alma mater Harvard University, former Gov. Deval Patrick praised those pressuring institutions like Harvard to divest from the fossil fuel industry.

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