Harvard President Highlights The Hypocrisy Of The Divestment Movement

This one is actually from back on October 3rd, but it’s a great catch by Tom Nelson (who else?), and worth posting

Fossil Fuel Divestment Statement

Dear Members of the Harvard Community,

Climate change represents one of the world’s most consequential challenges. I very much respect the concern and commitment shown by the many members of our community who are working to confront this problem. I, as well as members of our Corporation Committee on Shareholder Responsibility, have benefited from a number of conversations in recent months with students who advocate divestment from fossil fuel companies. While I share their belief in the importance of addressing climate change, I do not believe, nor do my colleagues on the Corporation, that university divestment from the fossil fuel industry is warranted or wise.

So, not exactly a “skeptic”, eh?

I also find a troubling inconsistency in the notion that, as an investor, we should boycott a whole class of companies at the same time that, as individuals and as a community, we are extensively relying on those companies’ products and services for so much of what we do every day. Given our pervasive dependence on these companies for the energy to heat and light our buildings, to fuel our transportation, and to run our computers and appliances, it is hard for me to reconcile that reliance with a refusal to countenance any relationship with these companies through our investments.

In other words, Warmists want to do damage to Someone Else, but refuse to give up their own fossil fueled lifestyles. As I’ve written here and in comments elsewhere thousands of times, if Warmists aren’t willing to change their own lives in a substantive way, why should we believe what they’re pushing?

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8 Responses to “Harvard President Highlights The Hypocrisy Of The Divestment Movement”

  1. Blick says:

    Captain Teach, I agree that the enviro-control freakazoids should lead by example and cut their use of energy. When they do maybe I will pay attention to their words.

  2. Gumballs_O_Glory says:

    I also find a troubling inconsistency in the notion that, as an investor, we should boycott a whole class of companies at the same time that, as individuals and as a community, we are extensively relying on those companies’ products and services for so much of what we do every day.


    ROFL!!!!!!

    Wow, some real sanity from Harvard?
    Or, is it more money based reality?
    Either way… way to go.

  3. Jeffery says:

    Your last great stand against the overwhelming evidence supporting the Theory of AGW is to stamp your feet because some college kids propose divesting from fossil fuel companies?

    Don’t forget the simple facts that human-derived atmospheric CO2 is causing the Earth to warm rapidly.

    Seriously, do you really let the imagined actions of others dictate your evaluation of evidence?

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  5. “Imagined action..”

    Good phrase, because, for the most part, that’s all you Warmists engage in.

    And, yes, if the “science” isn’t strong enough tomake Warmists change their own behavior….

  6. gitarcarver says:

    Poor Jeffery doesn’t get the idea that AGW doesn’t rise or fall on the actions of warmists, but the actions of warmists demonstrate a lack of conviction into the very theory they say is proven.

  7. I need to find an emoticon for hitting nail on the head.

  8. Gumballs_O_Glory says:

    Hey J,
    So, you claim that climate realists’ convictions are based on the imagined actions by those who want to divest from petroleum industry?

    Wow, that is psychotic of you. I have no idea how you got those linkages.

    For us, we don’t allow anyone else dictate our evidence. Thus, we take evidence with a grain of belief and then test and test and study and re-test studies. When studies are found false, we disbelieve them. When studies are upheld and evidence is supportable, we tend to believe them. When theories make sense, we tend to believe them. When theories have no basis in reality, we tend to disbelieve them.