No reasonable person can argue that man-made climate change is not real. We must find ways to deal with it to ensure a healthy planet for our children and grandchildren.
We undoubtedly need to explore ways to best do this, but while the issue of having pension funds divest from fossil fuels is worth discussing, we cannot do it willy-nilly on the backs of state and municipal workers and retirees under the gun of calls to immediately divest or to be locked into a rigid timeline for doing so.
Public pensions are a right earned by state and municipal workers and retirees who have devoted much of their lives to protecting and serving the public. They should not be used as policy experiments and be part of some broad political agenda.