Goldman sacks Arctic drilling
It’s Monday, December 16, and Goldman Sachs is leaving the Arctic alone.
Investment bank Goldman Sachs won’t be funding any new oil drilling or exploration projects in the Arctic, according to its updated investing guidelines released this Sunday. That makes Goldman the first major U.S. bank to commit to staying out of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska (which President Trump wants to open to drilling). Major international banks, including Barclays and the Royal Bank of Scotland, have made similar commitments to preserve the Arctic.
“Goldman Sachs is right to recognize that destroying the Arctic Refuge would be bad business. We hope other American banks will follow their lead,” Sierra Club campaign representative Ben Cushing said in a statement.
The bank also says that it will not be financing any new thermal coal mines or coal power projects and plans to invest $750 billion over the next 10 years in projects related to climate adaptation and mitigation.
And Goldman isn’t stopping there — in a Financial Times op-ed, CEO David Solomon writes that there’s a “powerful business and investing case” for putting a price on carbon. Gotta love when financial bigwigs decide that what’s good for the environment is also good for the economy.
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