Sorry, Kids, Your College Isn't About to Drop Fossil Fuels

Harvard students were unsuccessful in in pushing their school to divest from fossil fuels. (National Journal)

It's among the hottest issues for socially conscious college students: fossil-fuel divestment, the cutting of financial ties--primarily investments--with companies that produce carbon-emitting fuels. But pressure from student activists hasn't yielded results from their schools, AP reports.

Harvard was perhaps the highest-profile institution to say no to divestment, but Brown and Cornell are also among the 15 or so schools that have passed on calls to remove their fossil-fuel ties. The eight schools that have chosen to divest are all smaller and far less well-known.

Fossil Free, which is pushing the divestment campaign, is active in more than 200 schools, most of which have yet to take a position. Many schools' reliance on endowments and grants makes it difficult to remove fossil-fuel ties without causing self-inflicted financial hardship.

"I think a lot of people really recognize that schools getting noes means it's time for our entire movement to step it up," said Rebecca Rast, a senior at the University of California (Berkeley).