Saturday, May 31, 2014

Can of Worms

Yours truly has blogged recently about the fossil fuel divestment issue.  A bit of Googling suggests that the Regents are opening a can of worms here which could ultimately damage the university.  Apart from the financial issues, there is a general question of how much the university wants to be dragged into an ongoing political controversy.  The university's action - which so far amount to no more than creating a subcommittee to look at the topic - has already attracted conservative media (negative) attention:
The fossil fuel divestment issue has also become a concern of certain Jewish groups that fear that oil/coal/gas divestment will lead to anti-Israel divestment:
Whether UC needs to be in the middle of such debates is something the Regents need to consider. 

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