Students who have been convinced the earth is doomed from climate change are pushing major universities to stop investing in fossil fuels.
The argument goes like this: Man's burning of fossil fuels is resulting in emissions, which are responsible for man-made climate change, and universities that invest in Big Oil, for example, are partly responsible.
"This is hardly the first time that students have latched on to this leftist idea to get rid of fossil fuels, or energy that doesn't come out of a windmill or solar panel," says Spencer Brown of Young America's Foundation. “But it's completely based on this indoctrination they're given in this classroom and not on the facts."
The Associated Press also reports the push for divestment is not new and says the effort is “gaining traction” at prestigious campuses such as Harvard, Yale, and Georgetown.
At the same time the fossil fuel industry is supposedly destroying the earth, Brown says, the public is now learning that “green” efforts such as wind turbines are showing up in another enemy of the environmentalists, landfills.
The Weather Channel, in fact, reported on the wind turbines and landfills in a February 6 story.
"It's just, again, them sort of taking the talking point and trying to force it on people without actually looking at the evidence,” Brown says, “or the reality of what happens when they back this idea."