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Professor Offers to Turn off the Heat After Students Protest Fossil Fuels

Professor Offers to Turn off the Heat After Students Protest Fossil Fuels

“His speedy response was almost certainly not what they were expecting.”

This professor deserves some kind of award for common sense. It’s a shame we don’t hear of this happening more often.

The Blaze reports:

Students: We demand the school sell its stock in fossil fuels. Professor: I can’t do that, but I’ll turn off the gas heating for you.

A professor at St. John’s College, Oxford University, just taught student protesters an invaluable lesson in personal sacrifice.

According to the school newspaper, Oxford students have been occupying St. John’s College since Wednesday in protest of the school’s investments in fossil fuels. Dozens of students have reportedly set up camp in the front quad with signs and banners, vowing to remain until their demands are met.

Amid the protesting, professor Andrew Parker, also a manager of the school’s financial affairs, received a letter from two students requesting a meeting to discuss their demands — including the school’s divestment from fossil fuels. His speedy response was almost certainly not what they were expecting.

Here’s the story from the Times of London:

Two students at St John’s College wrote to Andrew Parker, the principal bursar, this week requesting a meeting to discuss the protesters’ demands, which are that the college “declares a climate emergency and immediately divests from fossil fuels.” They say that the college, the richest in Oxford, has £8 million of its £551 million endowment fund invested in BP and Shell.

Professor Parker responded with a provocative offer. “I am not able to arrange any divestment at short notice,” he wrote. “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.”


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Just deserts.

Maybe he should do it anyway.

    Milhouse in reply to utroukx. | February 3, 2020 at 4:59 pm

    If it were just them, then he would be right to do it, but the vast majority of students are there to study and/or to party, and have no connection to these lunatics. It would be wrong to make them freeze to death just to make a point to the lunatic minority.

      Edward in reply to Milhouse. | February 4, 2020 at 10:03 am

      Perhaps it would have the salutary effect of encouraging those other students to take appropriate actions to cause the protesting students (and assorted others) to STFU (or should that be STRU – Shut The Rogering Up, maybe STSU – Shut The Sodding Up?).

      gonzotx in reply to Milhouse. | February 8, 2020 at 8:41 am

      Sorry meant to down vote you. Don’t want to encourage lunacy

      Ever think peer pressure… it works both ways! The

      Iolite in reply to Milhouse. | February 8, 2020 at 12:29 pm

      Well, it would be the same system they use in the military. If one bugger bungles everything for everyone else, the issue has a tendency to work itself out…..and fast ?

shorter version of the reply: “LOLGF”

After heat is turned off, shut off the lights and unplug the sparky cars.

Then organize the Leftists cretins to shovel horse crap.

Brilliant proff! Personally, I have always wondered why these climate emergency nuts weren’t screaming to turn off/discard air conditioners. I understand that heat in cold or wet weather is realted to health … but you can remain very healthy while sweating in the heat. But, oddly, I’ve never heard of a movement against air conditioners.