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Maine College Asked to Divest Fossil Fuel Stocks
02/07/2013 2:27 PM ET  

Environmental activists say that Bowdoin can help combat global warming by stopping investments in oil, gas and coal companies, and other businesses connected to fossil fuels.

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) _ Environmental activists are calling on Maine's Bowdoin College to stop investing its endowment fund money in companies they say contribute to global warming.

Environmental writer and activist Bill McKibben of Vermont, a Bowdoin College student and representatives from Unity College and Sierra Club Maine said Thursday that Bowdoin can help combat global warming by stopping investments in oil, gas and coal companies, and other businesses connected to fossil fuels.

McKibben says there are student campaigns at about 250 American colleges and universities calling on administrations to stop investing in the fossil fuel industry.

He said three schools - Unity College in Maine, Hampshire College in Massachusetts, and Sterling College in Vermont - have already committed to getting rid of their fossil fuel investments.

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