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Weighing the Risks of Investing in Energy Companies

Screen Shot 2014-02-18 at 18.34.00Extracts from an article by Stanley Reed published 11 June 2014 by The New York Times

…fund managers beginning to think skeptically about fossil fuel companies — not so much because they or their clients disapprove of their activities, but because they think the securities issued by these companies may prove poor long-term investments.

The reasoning, which has caught the attention of major oil companies like Royal Dutch Shell, is that after a period of relative inaction, world governments may be heading toward adopting tougher rules on emissions, transforming the economics of the energy business. Investment professionals say that there hasn’t been a mass exodus out of fossil fuels.

…even though the major energy companies might not be in investors’ cross hairs now, they should be following the debate. “Any company not paying attention to what its stakeholders are saying and thinking is playing a risky game…”

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