Wednesday 3/30: Fossil Fuel Divestment Debate

UPDATE: Results of Voting

With nearly 60 students in attendance, side Whig – pro-divestment – narrowly won the debate. Whig-Clio enjoyed engaging with another topical Princeton issue, and the speakers explored a range of issues from those surrounding divestment itself to Princeton’s financial interests to environmental policy.

On Wednesday, March 30 at 7:30pm in the Senate Chamber, the Senate will debate the motion:

This House would divest Princeton’s endowment from fossil fuels.

The Princeton Sustainable Investment Initiative, a cosponsor of the debate, has recently released a petition calling on the University to divest. Princeton University Energy Association, which opposes PSII’s petition, is also cosponsoring this debate. The Whig Party will propose the motion and the Clio Party will oppose it. 

Side Affirm (Whig)

Sid Anand ’19 and Eitan Sapiro-Gheiler ’19

Side Negate (Clio)

Connor Pfeiffer ’18 and Owen Smitherman ’17

Are you passionate about the environment and sustainability? Do you support “the moral case for fossil fuels?” What about Princeton’s endowement – should it be used to effect political change? Given the timely nature of this debate after PSII released its petition, we hope you’ll come out and share your thoughts!

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