The NAS published the full report Inside Divestment: The Illiberal Movement To Turn A Generation Against Fossil Fuels on November 10, 2015. We invite readers to consider our findings and share responses in the comments section. We are also accepting reactions in the form of articles via email to


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The fossil fuel divestment movement is an attack on freedom of inquiry and responsible social advocacy in American higher education. The movement impresses on a generation of students an attitude of grim hostility to intellectual freedom, democratic self-government, and responsible stewardship of natural resources. This study shows how that is happening. Inside Divestment is the sequel to Sustainability: Higher Education’s New Fundamentalism, published by the NAS in March 2015.