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Yale Students Stage Walkout to Demand Divestment From Fossil Fuels

Yale Students Stage Walkout to Demand Divestment From Fossil Fuels

“One participant in the Yale protests estimated upwards of 1,500 people in attendance.”

Someone needs to explain to these students that America is finally energy independent, and that it’s a great thing.

The College Fix reports:

‘Hundreds’ of Yale students stage walkout in protest of fossil fuel investments

Students at Yale staged a large walkout at that university this week, protesting against climate change and demanding that Yale cease holding investments in fossil fuels.

The walkout was “coordinated by a coalition of campus environmentalist groups,” The Yale Daily News reports. The demonstration comes closely on the heels of a globally coordinated series of student protests and walkouts against climate change more generally.

Yale is among the many universities with a prominent divestment campaign on its campus. Numerous schools across the country in recent years have seen students demanding an end to fossil fuel investments, though those movements have mostly failed to accomplish that.

One participant in the Yale protests estimated upwards of 1,500 people in attendance. A Facebook page of the event indicated that 555 people intended to appear at it.

From the report:

[S]peakers from several groups led the large crowd through chants, songs and demands, inspiring snaps and cheers from more protestors on the grass.

Peter Steinmann ’22 delivered the groups’ requests to the audience.

“Disclose all investments in Puerto Rican debt,” Steinmann said. “Instruct fund managers with investments in Puerto Rican debt to cancel that debt.”

He then demanded that Yale “disclose and divest” all holdings it has in fossil fuel companies, adding that the University profits from “climate destruction and the continued exploitation of Puerto Rico.” Steinmann joined his peers in demanding the University invest in “our future and in our city.”

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The job of the student is to learn, and only to learn. One of the jobs of the school is to maximize their finances to be able to educate and make capital improvements! The students have plenty of time after graduation to improve the world and by then they will have the knowledge to know what they are talking about. As students, they lack that knowledge and common sense!

So the “estimate” of attendance, 1500, is 3x even the number who intended to go, some of whom probably realized they had an important class to attend instead. Whatever.

So Yale has a high number of total idiots? Good to know. Otherwise, why is this news?

    The Friendly Grizzly in reply to irv. | September 28, 2019 at 4:57 am

    My question: what percentage of the attendees are real students and how many are taking styrofoam majors?

Someone needs to explain to these students that America is finally energy independent, and that it’s a great thing.

They also need someone to explain that “divestment” doesn’t hurt the fossil fuel industry in the slightest. A boycott can, in principle, do something dramatic if large enough. Divestment, though, does essentially nothing at all.

The Friendly Grizzly | September 28, 2019 at 4:56 am

Yalies are becoming as silly as the (alleged) students t Haahvahd.

“Walkout”
How appropriate, since, if they had their way, that’s how they would have to get everywhere.

The students should set an example by refusing to use electricity, fossil fuels and their byproducts.

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