Berkshire Hathaway Shareholder Proposal Calls for Divestment from Fossil Fuel Holdings

In the wake of the international publicity the Nebraska Peace Foundation -- the 501 (c) 3 arm of Nebraskans for Peace -- generated with its shareholder resolution at the 2016 Berkshire Hathaway Shareholder Meeting on April 30th, the foundation has submitted a follow-up resolution for consideration at the forthcoming May 6, 2017 meeting in Omaha.

Earlier this year, in both the 2015 Annual Shareholder Letter and his remarks at the 2016 Berkshire Hathaway Annual Meeting of Shareholders itself, Warren Buffett did the world and the financial community a great service by acknowledging both the reality and the threat of climate change. In fact, he did so not just once, or in passing — he made this message an explicit focus.

In follow-up, a shareholder proposal has been formally submitted for a vote at the 2017 Annual Shareholders Meeting (proposal text attached below). In it, the Nebraska Peace Foundation asks Mr. Buffett to extend his public and corporate leadership by committing to divest Berkshire Hathaway of its fossil fuel holdings over a 12-year period.

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Obama Pipeline Plot Twist Is Not a Victory—And Could Erase the Struggle

The illusion of victory is a dangerous thing. We could undo what we have built at Standing Rock, this unprecedented act of Native American collective resistance.

Kelly Hayes
Sep 10, 2016
yes! magazine 

All Native struggles in the United States are a struggle against erasure. The poisoning of our land, the theft of our children, the state violence committed against us — we are forced to not only live in opposition to these ills, but also to live in opposition to the fact that they are often erased from public view and public discourse, outside of Indian Country. The truth of our history and our struggle does not match the myth of American exceptionalism, and thus, we are frequently boxed out of the narrative.

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Local View: We’re Going to Have Dinner Guests

Saturday, September 10, 2016
Lincoln Journal Star
by Tim Rinne

None of us likes to go without eating.

Even Warren Buffett — who claims to be one-quarter Coca Cola from all the calories he daily ingests drinking Coke — has been known to make an emergency run to one of his Dairy Queens when he gets a case of the hungries.

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CLIMATE CHANGE DANGERS

Lincoln Journal Star
Letter to the Editor-08/19/16

Jay Schmidt-Nebraskans for Peace Board Member

On Aug. 3, the Journal Star had an article entitled "Scientists on planet: Earth's fever rises.'" Yes, the world keeps setting new record high temperatures. We know that people have difficulty with the 100 plus degree temperatures, especially if there is high humidity. However, our food crops can't handle it either. Other factors brought on by global warming, such as drought and floods, are also destructive of our food supply.

If your child had a high fever and the fever kept going up, you wouldn't sit and twiddle your thumbs! You wouldn't listen to people with no medical education telling you not to worry or that the science on high fevers is not yet conclusive! That would be irresponsible and foolish.

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Today is the Day to Stop Global Warming!

Today you can be an important part of our big push for action on climate change by calling your representatives. Tomorrow hundreds of our fellow Citizens’ Climate Lobby volunteers will be in D.C. to lobby for us, and our phone calls today will help underscore that we want Congress to act. We’ve been told that even a half dozen calls on the same day make an impression, so feel free to call tomorrow too!

Please ask your friends and family to join us in our efforts!

You can use this website to find your Members of Congress, their phone numbers, and a sample script for your call: http://cclusa.org/callcongress It will also log your calls so we know how many calls were made to each Member of Congress.

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