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May 2, 2016 7:18 AM

Protesters urge Dartmouth College to divest in fossil fuels

HANOVER (AP) — More than 400 protesters took to the on-campus home of Dartmouth College President Philip Hanlon over the weekend to urge the school to shed its investments in fossil fuel companies.

The Valley News reports Sunday's demonstration was sponsored by Divest Dartmouth, a student-run organization founded in 2012 with a mission to persuade the university to sever ties with the "dirtiest fossil fuel companies."

Senior Noah Cramer says Dartmouth invests in companies where "the destruction of our climate is built into their business model."

Protesters noted that Dartmouth divested from South Africa in the 1980s to protest apartheid. They say the school has a moral obligation to do the same with fossil fuels.

Dartmouth officials say Hanlon has commissioned a study to fairly present arguments for and against divestment.

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