The Buffalo News
Daniel C. Levler
The politically correct push to force public pension funds to immediately begin to divest from fossil fuels has become a runaway train in New York with many politicians, lawmakers and environmental activists at the wheel.
But the truth is that divestment will have little, if any, impact on slowing climate change, but could have a crushing effect on state and local public employees, retirees, their families and – ultimately – taxpayers.
No reasonable person disputes that climate change is real, man-made and will harm the planet we leave to our children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
As president of the Suffolk County Association of Municipal Employees, the largest independent union in New York, I know that a majority of our more than 10,000 active and retired members agree there needs to be progressive change to address the climate change issue.