How the oil industry sees the campus fossil fuel divestment movement

2019-08-03

in PhD thesis

Fascinating what you can find online:

Canada’s Oil Sands: Connecting Energy Infrastructure with Core Values
Peter MacConnachie, Suncor Energy
PNWER Meeting, Big Sky

Note especially slide 16 and slide 20: the first is their breakdown of the “enemy naming” strategy which the CFFD movement has adopted to assert the moral complicity of the fossil fuel industry in climate change and other forms of damage, the second focuses on their main lines of counter-argument, that universities should focus on education instead of thinking about the effects of their investment choices, that unlike publicly traded companies state-owned oil firms which hold larger reserves cannot be pressured through divestment, plus a patronizing line about how people worried about climate change just don’t understand how the energy system works.

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