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Failing to Use 'Administrative Channels,' 19 Yale Students Arrested For Fossil Fuel Divestment Sit-In


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Failing to Use 'Administrative Channels,' 19 Yale Students Arrested For Fossil Fuel Divestment Sit-In

Jon Queally, staff writer

Nineteen Yale University students were arrested on Thursday while participating in a sit-in at the main administrative building of the prestigious university as they called for the president and board of trustees to reopen the conversation surrounding fossil fuel divestment of the school's nearly $24 billion endowment, the third largest among U.S. schools.


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Good for Yale students.

I think those who have the burden of proof, as to whether it is a good idea to invest in fossil fuel extraction companies, are those who want the investments to happen. So that President owes those students and explanation. They don't owe it to him to explain why it is a good idea to divest. From the story he seems to think the default position is to invest in them. No. You're wrong about that Mr. Yale President.


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I wonder how many of the profs are on their side. What would happen if, say, a majority of faculty, regardless of discipline, chose to devote some number of lectures to the climate disaster and the need to stop combustion. They could even make the lectures relevant (psychology of divestment resistance, sociology of the spreading acceptance that we're in deep shite, engineering challenges in a low-combustion world, legal aspects of Yale choosing or not choosing to divest, whole-economy consequences of divestment, public health issues related to combustion, etc).