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Robert Mante

First Vice President
Amalgamated Bank
Director of Consumer Investments
Financial Advisor, Infinex Investments, Inc.

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The divestment movement finds itself fighting on a new, unexpected front. Fossil fuel interest groups (big oil and gas) have been regrouping their lobbying efforts after losing their key allies in the White House. Disappointed by the recent changes made by the federal administration to prioritize climate and environmental protection above get-rich-quick schemes for these businesses, they are now refocusing their efforts at the state level. Texas is enthusiastically taking up the gauntlet and leading the charge.

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Against the rosy backdrop of recent market gains lies the cold reality that with the reopening of the economy comes an end to the brief respite from polluting cars and factories. The long-term effects of this pollution are more visible than ever before.

Despite a slew of negative economic reports and meeting the official definition of entering into a recession, the stock market is up more than 40% from its March lows. Probably the most common question we receive is why is this decoupling of the broader economy from the equity market  occurring?

Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency announced a framework for a complete overhaul of pollution regulations on coal-burning power plants. These regulations, which come just weeks after a proposal to freeze anti-pollution and fuel efficiency standards for cars, is a considerable rollback of Obama’s Clean Power Plan...

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