Author Archive: Kathy Hipple

Financial Analyst Kathy Hipple is a founding partner of Noosphere Marketing and the finance professor at Bard’s MBA for Sustainability. She worked for 10 years with international institutional clients at Merrill Lynch and then served as CEO of Ambassador Media.

IEEFA update: Whether prices are high or low, the oil and gas industry is freighted with risk

As technology advances, fossil fuels are expensive at any price

Over the past few years, the rationale for investment in fossil fuels has changed from being one supported by blue-chip, long-term value into a more speculative, volatile proposition driven by quarterly dividends. As a result, the direction of oil prices is increasingly relevant, having become the lens through which investment is assessed, and revenue and […]

IEEFA update: Six real-world rebuttals to divestment naysayers

IEEFA update: Six real-world rebuttals to divestment naysayers

A tendency among academics to overlook the burgeoning risk in fossil fuel holdings

Academic arguments against divesting from the oil and gas sector are just that—academic—and those who make them ignore the underperformance of the sector and the array of mounting risks it faces. The principal objections of divestment detractors—that divestment will either cause institutional investment funds to lose money or undermine their ability to meet their objectives—are […]

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IEEFA update: Divestment 101

IEEFA update: Divestment 101

A 10-point FAQ primer on a new mindset around energy sector holdings

The fast-moving evolution of the energy sector is changing investor minds and altering capital market flows. This shift raises as many questions about where things are going as it does about the status quo. A report we published earlier this summer—“The Financial Case for Fossil Fuel Divestment”—takes a stab at addressing the topic practically and […]

IEEFA update: The investment rationale for fossil fuels falls apart

An outdated mindset that no longer lives up to its hype

For decades, the fossil fuel sector literally fuelled the global economy and powered the world’s investment markets. This is no longer the case. The long-standing and now outdated investment thesis around fossil fuels—that such holdings would make large and reliable annual contributions to institutional funds—has crumbled. The sector now lags the broader market, and the […]

IEEFA update: U.S.-Canada trade tensions could scuttle Kinder Morgan sale of Trans Mountain Pipeline

IEEFA update: U.S.-Canada trade tensions could scuttle Kinder Morgan sale of Trans Mountain Pipeline

Political hurdles remain on government’s buyout of faltering project

The fate of the unfinished Trans Mountain Pipeline in western Canada may be determined 3,000 miles away — in Washington. The stalled project, designed to link oil-sands fields in Alberta with West Coast ports, would become nationalized under the terms of a deal announced in June that would have the Canadian government buy the pipeline […]

IEFFA Update: Looking for innovation in the wrong place, ExxonMobil opens an energy-trading desk

As its core business falters, an oil major seeks speculation-driven profits

ExxonMobil is said to be seeking a much-needed lift through an initiative on which the company has issued no official detail but that will vastly expand its trading capabilities. Hopes are, evidently, that by opening a bigger energy-trading desk Exxon—through speculation—can reverse its trend over the past decade toward shrinking profits, a trend driven by […]

IEEFA update: Fund managers who acquiesce to ExxonMobil’s climate-risk denial do their investors a disservice

IEEFA update: Fund managers who acquiesce to ExxonMobil’s climate-risk denial do their investors a disservice

New York state comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli drops the ball

It was a failure of epic proportions when, after demanding but not getting action last year, most shareholders voted to re-elect ExxonMobil’s board of directors on May 30, abdicating their duty to hold the company to account. Sixty-two percent of shareholders in 2017 supported a resolution calling for ExxonMobil to improve its climate risk disclosures. […]

IEEFA Update: How Gas and Oil Companies Are Starting to Look Like the Yellow Pages (Remember Those?)

Nine Lessons: What Fossil-Fuel Executives Can Learn From an Industry’s Failure to Adapt

Will the oil and gas industry go the way of the Yellow Pages? Not immediately. But huge industries can decline faster than anyone might imagine, as seen in the classic and cautionary fall of the Yellow Pages. I know because I was there. As a board member some years ago of the national Yellow Pages […]

IEEFA Update: New Oil Price Volatility Will Help Drive Transition From Fossil Fuels

U.S. Reversal on Iran Creates Market Disruptions That Affect Consumers, Investors and Whole Countries

Oil prices were already on the rise from strong economic growth, rising demand and OPEC supply cuts when political intervention in the markets via the Trump administration’s decision last week to abandon the Iran nuclear deal sent prices to almost $80 per barrel—or a half a mile from heaven—for Saudi Arabia, Russia, the United Arab […]

IEEFA Update: As ExxonMobil Doubles Down on Oil and Gas, Investors Go Elsewhere

A Company With No Plan for a Less Carbon-Intensive World

Even with the recent rebound in oil prices that accelerated after President Trump announced the U.S. would re-impose sanctions against Iran, energy companies no longer dominate the stock market like they once did. In 1980, seven of the ten largest companies in the S&P 500 were oil companies. Today, ExxonMobil is the only remaining oil […]