State College mayor urges fossil fuel divestment

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The mayor of State College has endorsed a campaign that urges municipalities to divest from fossil fuel companies.

The environmental group 350.org says in a release Thursday that Borough Mayor Elizabeth Goreham joined nine other mayors in urging municipalities to divest from the top 200 fossil fuel companies because of climate change.

State College is about 85 miles northwest of Harrisburg. It’s also the home of Penn State University.

Goreham couldn’t be reached for comment. Borough council member Thomas Daubert says the council hasn’t discussed divestment yet, and a vote would be needed for official action.

The other mayors who have endorsed divestment are from Madison, Wis., Bayfield, Wis., Ithaca, N.Y., Boulder, Colo., Eugene, Ore., Richmond, Calif., Berkeley, Calif., San Francisco, Calif., and Seattle, Wash.

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