Green, and Green, on Campus

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by Jane S. Shaw

David French at Phi Beta Cons and Charlotte Allen at Minding the Campus have been discussing the sustainability movement, which has taken over colleges around the country.  Apparently colleges are worried that the Republican Congress will hold back on "sustainability" funds that were just beginning to trickle out under the 2008 Higher Education Sustainability Act. Allen points to one example--$628,000 went to Michigan State University for a project titled "Competency Assessment of Liberal Learning Goals through Institutional Experiential Education for Global Sustainability." Got that?

David French adds:

The irony is that these sustainability programs plow forward even as public concern about global warming wanes. On the university campus, that ship has sailed. Without much real debate and without any substantive response to the myriad concerns raised about the science of climate change, the green party rules, unchallenged.
Before joining PERC, Jane Shaw was a journalist who had developed an uneasy feeling that much of the commentary about environmental policy that she read--and even some that she wrote--was tilted in the wrong direction. The usual solution to an environmental problem was to turn it over to the government. She had become uncomfortable with this...
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