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Policy Research Shop Testimony: February 27, 2014

PRS students, Sean Connolly ’16, Katie Schultz ’16, and Nick Shallow ’16, pose before the Vermont State House in Montpelier, VT 

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PRS Students Testify Before Vermont Senate Government Operations Committee

On Thursday, February 27th, three Policy Research Shop (PRS) students traveled to Montpelier, VT to delivered their findings in formal testimony. Sean Connolly ’16, Katie Schultz ’16, and Nick Shallow ’16 testified before Vermont Senate Government Operations Committee. They were invited to present by Senator Anthony Pollina, who contacted the Rockefeller Center’s PRS to request a study related to Vermont State Bill S.131, which proposes “that the Vermont Pension Investment Committee divest from companies that extract, produce, or refine fossil fuels.” 

The PRS report, titled “Divestment from Fossil Fuel Investments: An Analysis of Potential Impacts and Strategies,” detailed the crucial fiduciary considerations that impact on the decision of whether or not to divest Vermont's pension fund from its fossil fuel holdings. The audience including all members of the Senate on the committee as well as representatives from lobbying organizations. Following the presentation, the senators and students discussed the implications of their research on Vermont’s decision regarding fossil fuel divestment, including possible amendments to S. 131 as a result of their testimony.

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