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  • Another Global Warming Protest Hit With Snow

    Global warming activists should probably start planning their protests for the summer because the second climate rally — within just days of a major one in Canada — has been buried in snow.

    Student activists with Fossil Free CU have camped out the University of Colorado, staging a “sit in” meant to show the Board of Regents the group’s commitment to getting the school to divest its endowment of fossil fuel holdings.

    The group’s Facebook page shows students braving the elements to convince the Board of Regents to ditch fossil fuels to fight global warming. Unfortunately for them, the “Gore effect” has kicked in and may blunt their arguments that the world is catastrophically warming.

    CU gets snow CU gets snowSource: Fossil Free CU Facebook PageSource: Fossil Free CU Facebook Page

    The “Gore effect” has made its mark this year on several protests, including a major one last week in Quebec City where thousands of demonstrators marched through snow and frigid weather. Earlier this year, a divestment protest at Yale University was cancelled due to “unfavorable weather conditions and other logistical issues,” according to organizers.

    The weather forecast for Colorado doesn’t look favorable to protesters. The Rocky Mountains could get up to five feet of snow over the next few days, and Boulder — where students are protesting — is expected to get one to three inches of snow Thursday and thunderstorms Friday.

    But protesters don’t seem deterred by the poor weather as the Board of Regents discusses divesting its $2.7 billion endowment from fossil fuels.

    “We’ve been speaking with the regents, and they really haven’t been budging,” Austen Bernier, a student activist, told the Daily Camera. “They’ve failed to take bold action; they’ve failed to commit to creating a pathway to divestment even though they let us come talk at the last board meeting. With their failure to take action, our point here is to create a safe space where we can have the dialogue that they’re refusing to have.”

    Colorado is a major oil and gas producing state, so the university choosing to divest from fossil fuels would be a big victory for student activists. But it’s unclear if the board would go that far — most schools targeted by environmentalists have opted not to divest from fossil fuels.

    Furthermore, the board is elected and currently Republicans hold a majority of the seats. So you tell me if things look good for activists.

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