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.

IEFFA update: How should shareholders react to New York’s ExxonMobil lawsuit?

Time to hold management accountable

Acting New York State Attorney General Barbara Underwood has sued ExxonMobil for fraud, alleging the company misled investors about how its current and future profitability was—and will be—shaped by climate change. The Attorney General’s case tests legal compliance. ExxonMobil shareholders face a different test. The lawsuit charges that ExxonMobil, in effect, kept at least two […]

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IEEFA update: In Exxon lawsuit, another indication of growing oil-industry peril

Risks outweigh potential rewards; Fossil fuel stocks grow increasingly speculative

The lawsuit filed yesterday by New York’s attorney general against Exxon Mobil is a stark indication of just how risky investing in oil and gas companies has become. The lawsuit asserts that the company defrauded shareholders by downplaying the business risk of climate change, and litigation poses obvious financial risk. It may even expose ExxonMobil—and […]

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IEEFA U.S.: More red flags on fracking-focused companies

As earnings season begins, a worrisome trend persists

The U.S. fracking sector continued to spill alarming volumes of red ink in the first half of 2018. We detail the trend in a research brief published jointly today by IEEFA and Sightline Institute that describes how fracking companies continue to struggle.  Even after two and a half years of rising oil prices and growing expectations […]

IEEFA Europe: A blacklist of 120 coal plant developers for investors seeking to lower climate risk

Financial peril across an industry’s entire supply chain is intensifying

Even as risks mount for coal worldwide, nearly 1,400 new coal plants or units are planned or under development in 59 countries. If built, these plants would increase coal power capacity by 33%, adding more than 670,000 megawatts to the global coal plant fleet. Who exactly is developing these new coal plants?  German environmental NGO […]

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IEEFA Canada: Ill-advised oil sands project faces rough future

Math doesn’t add up on Teck’s Frontier initiative

Teck’s $20.6 billion Frontier Oil Sands Mine Project, now before the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency Joint Review Panel, faces an extraordinary and alarming combination of risks.  The project will face financial distress for its entire 41-year life cycle, according to the report by our organization, the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA.org),  neither […]

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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 […]