Why the Insurance Industry?

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Insurance companies are supposed to protect us from catastrophic risks. Yet when it comes to the largest threat to humanity – climate change – insurers are fueling dangerous global warming by perpetuating our dependence on dirty fossil fuels.

You can’t drive a car or buy a house without insurance. Likewise, without insurance, energy companies cannot build or operate destructive fossil fuel projects like the Keystone XL pipeline, coal-fired power plants, oil drilling in the Arctic, or liquid natural gas export facilities and pipelines.

HOW Insurers prop up fossil fuels

THEY PROVIDE INSURANCE FOR FOSSIL FUEL PROJECTS

Insurance coverage allows carbon-intensive projects such as coal plants and tar sands mines and pipelines to be built and operated.

Once built, fossil fuel infrastructure locks us into dirty and expensive energy that is causing climate change and harming public health. 

THEY INVEST BILLIONS INTO FOSSIL FUEL COMPANIES

Insurance companies invest customers’ premiums in fossil fuel companies - that is how they make money. The 40 largest US insurers hold over $450 billion in coal, oil, gas and electric utility stocks and bonds. They hold a bigger proportion of their investments in fossil fuels than average index funds.

As the ultimate manager of risk, the insurance industry quietly shapes modern society, deciding what type of projects can be built and operated. Insure Our Future is holding insurers accountable for their continued support of fossil fuels.

More than 4 degrees Celsius of warming this century would make the world ‘uninsurable.’
— Thomas Buberl, Chief Executive Officer of AXA