- Associated Press - Thursday, February 19, 2015

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - A spokesman for Harvard University says the school is committed to leadership in confronting climate change.

Spokesman Jeff Neal made the comments after The Harvard Radcliffe Club of Vermont sent a letter to Harvard President Drew Faust calling on the university to divest fossil fuels from its endowment.

A Feb. 9 letter to Faust signed by the president and other top officers of the Vermont Harvard club said they surveyed their members and 76 percent favored urging Harvard to divest all publicly traded fossil fuel stocks.

Faust has said that it “would not be wise or effective” to divest from the fossil fuel industry, but the school is taking other steps to help fight climate change.

A number of Harvard students and faculty have also urged divestment.

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