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Oxford University Parade Their Green Credentials

April 29, 2020

By Paul Homewood


h/t Patsy Lacey





I now await details of Oxford’s plans to stop heating buildings, driving cars, flying, and how they will manage without electricity for their computers.

  1. spetzer86 permalink
    April 29, 2020 2:13 pm

    So they’re going to invest in Chinese coal plants to support China’s Paris Accord promises?

  2. Thomas Carr permalink
    April 29, 2020 2:25 pm

    College bursars should make good use of their time at home by costing these indulgences. You will recall that one turned the heating down recently and there was outrage from the usual quarters..

  3. Joe Public permalink
    April 29, 2020 2:31 pm

    Betting a pound to a penny that the folk running Oxford Uni haven’t turned off their gas-fired heating and hot-water systems.

    To not do that signifies they’re simply virtue-signallers.

  4. April 29, 2020 2:59 pm

    They had once firmly rejected the divestment game. What happened? Covid?

  5. Gamecock permalink
    April 29, 2020 3:06 pm

    ‘Oxford University cuts ties to fossil fuel industry’

    WHAT TIES ?!?!

    Owning some oil company stock isn’t ‘ties.’

    ‘The age of fossil fuels is rapidly coming to an end.’

    Petitio principii.

  6. Jonathan Scott permalink
    April 29, 2020 3:13 pm

    Oxford University should also close their science departments because with this statement they certainly state that the enlightement is over and that maths, physics chemistry biology and Geology so critical to the enlightenment and creating the pinnacle of human civilization are irrelevant and have no pweth in the gween (marxist) ruin of a world they want to create. They are no longer a centre of excellence (something they have been trying to stop being now for a few years in their arrogance. They are now a centre for religious based dogma and emotional virtue signalling. Good luck and will the last one to leave turn off the magic light run on power extracted from unicorn dung.

    • Curious George permalink
      April 29, 2020 3:41 pm

      Progressives now run most famous universities. Dark ages lie ahead.

  7. April 29, 2020 3:22 pm

    Paul, I am waiting with you, but I cannot say that my breath iis bated. These left wing “trendies” will never even try to answer such simple questions. Verifiable truth is way beyond them. Sad, innit ?

  8. jack broughton permalink
    April 29, 2020 3:33 pm

    The removal of £ 18m investment in the fossil fuel industry is really likely to break Shell and BP!!!

    They will no doubt erect statues to Wadders, Allen and their other prophets of gloom, equally useful investments.

    They will probably stop the cleaners, catering staff, porters etc using their cars to get to work and make them work in the cold and dark as in days of yore.

    • Gamecock permalink
      April 30, 2020 1:50 am

      Jack. Stop. No investment has been removed from the fossil fuel industry. They sold the stock to the public years ago. They couldn’t care less who owns it now. Oxford selling their stock is an external event. Has double out zero to do with the oil industry. It’s financial stuff.

      The divestment movement is colossally ignorant of finance and the stock market. Since they have surely been told by now, one wonders if they carry on figuring the public is too stupid to know. I figure the school protestors are just ignorant; their leaders are exploiting them. Some day, some of the protestors will realize they have been had.

  9. bobn permalink
    April 29, 2020 4:03 pm

    Can someone post a list of the naughty, politically incorrect ‘non-green’ companies that are shunned. That would form a watch list for me to buy into on the cheap. Ive enjoyed fat dividends and rewards from the tobacco companies since they were sent to the naughty step and became juicy undervalued investments. Now to fill up with miners and oilers and loggers and …
    Why suffer 0% in bank accounts when you can have 5%plus in oil and tobacco?!

  10. Broadlands permalink
    April 29, 2020 5:42 pm

    Show evidence of Net zero business plan?

    ” Simply put, ‘net zero’ means achieving an overall balance between emissions that are created and emissions that are taken out of the atmosphere.”

    That would require them to show evidence that they can take CO2 straight out of the air, not just lower CO2 emissions to zero.

    • Harry Passfield permalink
      April 29, 2020 7:21 pm

      Ahh, but they think the date on our birth certificates is 28/4/2020. They figure they will get ‘net zero’ by harvesting carbon credits – provided by their mates in the financial instruments business – AKA con-men. All paid for by the taxpayer.

      Talking of which, and O/T: Is anyone else alarmed at the thought that the Chancellor might go back to post WWII financial budgets and inflict 80% IHT on us (our descendants, to be exact)?

    • Phoenix44 permalink
      April 30, 2020 9:22 am

      So they can’t invest in most renewables then! Wind turbines create lots of additional C02 in manufacture and installation.

  11. Jonathan Scott permalink
    April 29, 2020 6:08 pm

    Surely backing off from that would be a statement from their soon to be closed as useless physics department explaining why the laws of said physics should be ignored when virtue signalling. The Greenslime effect is ONLY an assertion, there is NO statistically significant empirical data to show it is anything more than Happer and Dyson said it could be which is insignificant. Being scientists I am sure that should concern them greatly. Also the fact that the electromagnetic signature of CO2, a trace gas is swamped by the signature of water vapour 400x more prevalent in the atmos….. Something is rotten in the county of Oxfordshire.

  12. It doesn't add up... permalink
    April 29, 2020 8:22 pm

    Have they closed the geology department?

    • Jonathan Scott permalink
      April 29, 2020 10:30 pm

      They should do because they are demonstrating wilful ignorance of geological history, just like my Alma mater, UCL who do not understand that virtue signalling pointless green credentials is a demonstration of profound ignorance rather than a qualified or educated opinion.

  13. tom0mason permalink
    April 29, 2020 10:12 pm

    If the Mail Online figures are correct then 0.6% of their £3 billion (as £3 x 10^9) investment portfolio is £18 million. £18 million that they’ll have to invest elsewhere.
    In this ever changing world I wonder where?

    • mikewaite permalink
      April 30, 2020 8:59 am

      Tom , they may have to use that £18million for ordinary expenses. BBC Nwest a few days ago claimed that manchester Univ will lose £270 million from the effects of the virus and lockdowns. The colleges making up Oxford U will probably suffer similar losses and their ancient buidings must need constant repair.
      If they have £3billion in investmnts and make 1% annual return, that is just £30 million , a long way short of what they need , so selling off the investments is the only way to survive.
      The question of virtue signaling is almost irrelevant when financial survival of long established degree courses, libraries , laboratories , etc is at stake.

  14. Phoenix44 permalink
    April 30, 2020 9:20 am

    They don’t really understand the term “investment ” do they?

    I wonder if they are breaching the terms of some of those endowments? The aim was surely to increase the amount available for scholarships and research, not to follow a political agenda?

  15. Colin MacDonald permalink
    April 30, 2020 10:33 am

    Perhaps we should direct some of the blame for climate change towards petrol station cashiers, who are responsible for all the emissions from private motorists and road haulage. They could easily be repurposed as rickshaw drivers, their profiteering at the expense of the planet is completely unacceptable.

  16. April 30, 2020 12:39 pm

    It is high time that the so-called “higher education” institutions were reorganized. In many cases, they should just close their doors and slink away into the night.

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