Oxford Students get Bad News After Demanding Fossil Fuel Divestment
Article from The Daily Wire Ashe Schow.
Oxford students learned this the hard way when they demanded St. John’s College sell off its investments in BP and Shell. Two students wrote to bursar (the man in charge of financial affairs) Andrew Parker demanding the college “declares a climate emergency and immediately divests from fossil fuels,” The Times of London reported. The two students claimed the college has about $10 million invested in the two oil companies.
“I am not able to arrange any divestment at short notice,” he wrote back to the students. “But I can arrange for the gas central heating in college to be switched off with immediate effect. Please let me know if you support this proposal.” From the Times:
Ankit Ranjan, a biomedicine undergraduate, wrote back saying that he was willing to put the offer to the students but he suspected the bursar was being facetious. He added: “I think [the offer] will reflect poorly on the college.”
Professor Parker replied: “You are right that I am being provocative but I am provoking some clear thinking, I hope. It is all too easy to request others to do things that carry no personal cost to yourself. The question is whether you and others are prepared to make personal sacrifices to achieve the goals of environmental improvement (which I support as a goal).”
Read the entire article at The Daily Wire.
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