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Thursday, June 5, 2014

This Passage From a Climate Change Divestment Resolution Passed by UW Students Is Amazing

Posted by on Thu, Jun 5, 2014 at 12:09 PM

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The University of Washington Graduate and Professional Student Senate approved a resolution—there were just two abstentions and no opposing votes—last night that asks the university to divest its $2.3 billion endowment from all direct holdings in oil sands, tar sands, and coal assets in order to slow climate change.

It includes this clause:

WHEREAS fossil fuel companies have undermined common understanding and the political process through public relations schemes5, bribery6, corporate coalitions7, lobbying efforts8, and think tanks9, which created an illusion that scientific controversy exists around the imminent dangers posed by climate change;

Could there be a clearer and more succinct summation of energy corporations' attempts to sabotage humanity and the environment? Well done, Huskies! You remind me of the Planeteers:

Students are optimistic that this "overwhelming demonstration of student support" will convince the Board of Regents to commit to divestment, says Susanna Wegner, a UW student and organizer behind the divestment effort. Now they're hoping to get the support of the college's treasury office before approaching the regents with a final proposal, she explains. (Her counterparts in California were successful last month in getting Stanford to become the largest university in the country to divest from fossil fuels—a development the UW budget office described as precedent-setting.)

Here are the citations:

5 Cushman, John. "Industrial Group Plans to Battle Climate Treaty". The New York Times. April 26, 1998.
6 Sample, Ian. "Scientists offered cash to dispute climate study". London: The Guardian. February 1, 2007.
7 Revkin, Andrew C. “Industry Ignored Its Scientists on Climate”. New York Times. April 23, 2009.
8 http://priceofoil.org/fossil­fuel­industry­influence­in­the­u­s/
9 Goldenberg, Suzanne. "Secret funding helped build vast network of climate denial thinktanks". London: The Guardian. February 14, 2013.

The full resolution is here (PDF).

 

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1
Breaking news! Stanford is in Southern California now, apparently.
Posted by Orozco on June 5, 2014 at 12:24 PM · Report this
You_Gotta_Be_Kidding_Me 2
Mighty hard not to be pro climate change on a beautiful June day like this in Seattle.

My only complaint is it sounds like I’m going to have a long wait before my property is waterfront…
Posted by You_Gotta_Be_Kidding_Me on June 5, 2014 at 12:36 PM · Report this
rob! 3
I'm sure he meant Southern Washington, @1...
Posted by rob! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZBdUceCL5U on June 5, 2014 at 12:39 PM · Report this
ferret 4
Impressive. I just hope others follow the UW Student Body in showing they are serious on AGW...
Posted by ferret http://https://twitter.com/#!/okojo on June 5, 2014 at 1:26 PM · Report this
5
Link for resolution doesn't work.
Posted by Jin Seattle on June 5, 2014 at 1:29 PM · Report this
6
@5: Doh! Fixed.
Posted by Ansel Herz on June 5, 2014 at 2:11 PM · Report this
7
Better get ready to ask mommy and daddy to pay up for the tuition increases that will come as a result of a less diversified portfolio in the endowment.
Posted by john cocktosin 12 on June 5, 2014 at 2:43 PM · Report this
Sir Vic 8
Let's see if the fossil fuel lobby is as powerful as the Israeli lobby and mounts a huge counteroffensive that points fingers at all the other sources of climate change, or denies that such a thing even exists.
Posted by Sir Vic on June 5, 2014 at 2:49 PM · Report this
9

Time to shift that money to cleanly produced hydrogen for mini-grids and fuel cells.
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on June 5, 2014 at 3:42 PM · Report this
10
@9 please explain the plan for obtaining cleanly produced hydrogen.
Posted by incise on June 5, 2014 at 6:27 PM · Report this
venomlash 11
@9: Once more, with feeling:
1. HYDROGEN IS NOT A FUEL SUPPLY
2. HIBRODEN IS NOP A FEUL SPPLUY
3. HARGOBLEM LD NIY E VULL ZUBLY
4. MIDROHEM SI WOB DA FEWL ESPLAY
5. GYDROHEM NIZ TON A FWELL PUSPLY
Posted by venomlash on June 5, 2014 at 6:57 PM · Report this
12
And so what besides feeling good -- which I agree is nice -- is divestment going to do for the globe?

Zero.
Posted by Peter von Wanker on June 5, 2014 at 10:06 PM · Report this
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This is a great step towards a more logical educational organization or perhaps corporation. I can only hope that the momentum might more even more forward and begin to utilize electric vehicles and solar energy upon all possible roof top spaces, install solar hot water systems and radiant heating systems, grey water systems and led lighting and what ever else science has to offer! Universities should be a plethora of logic at every turn demonstrating the latest and best that the great minds have created so as to spur even further developments. I have often cringed at the sight of the university and vast wastefulness and non- logical investments! Hopefully the time will come when schools demonstrate and teach!
Posted by SolarisDaWay on June 9, 2014 at 11:05 AM · Report this

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