- Associated Press - Saturday, February 14, 2015

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - A Vermont student group is stepping up calls for the state’s pension funds to sell their investments in fossil fuel companies.

More than 60 high school and college students and others spent a day this past week lobbying at the State House calling for divestment as a way to strike a blow against climate change.

Students spoke at the legislative Climate Caucus and gave testimony at the Senate Committee on Government Operations.

State Treasurer Beth Pearce has been cool to calls for divestment. She maintains the state needs to be able to pursue what she calls constructive engagement with fossil fuel companies.

Vermont has more than $4 billion in pension fund investments, of which more than $100 million are invested in fossil fuel companies.

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