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[Closed] DISCUSSION: Climate change could put $6 trillion in fossil fuel reserves at risk

The International Energy Agency last year warned that if humanity is to have any hope of avoiding catastrophic climate change, a third of the world’s fossil fuel reserves must be put off limits until 2050. That prompted HSBC Global Research to estimate that some oil giants could lose up to half their market value. In other words, we’re talking about trillions of dollars in revenues going up in smoke if governments ever get their act together and issue a no-burn order.

Now 70 investors that control $3 trillion in global assets want to know what 45 multinational oil, coal and mining companies intend to do about $6 trillion in potentially “stranded assets.”  In particular, the investors—mainly public pension funds like the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) —are pressing the companies about their plans for future capital expenditures, given the high cost of exploiting new reserves and the risk that carbon taxes or other emissions limits could depress demand for fossil fuels.

via Climate change could put $6 trillion in fossil fuel reserves at risk – Quartz.

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