University of Missouri President (and former Sprint Nextel president) Gary Forsee just released a statement opposing federal climate change legislation after previously expressing support for efforts to reduce carbon emissions:
As currently written, we have grave concerns and oppose this legislation for the detrimental impact it will have on the University of Missouri system,” Forsee wrote.
Actually, it’s not even clear that he flip-flopped, as he hasn’t announced a withdrawal from his earlier commitment to plan for a climate neutral campus.
Does he no longer believe what he committed to previously?
We further believe that colleges and universities that exert leadership in addressing climate change will stabilize and reduce their long-term energy costs, attract excellent students and faculty, attract new sources of funding, and increase the support of alumni and local communities. Accordingly, we commit our institutions to taking the following steps in pursuit of climate neutrality.
Note that Forsee actually signed a statement supporting a “climate neutral” campus, which goes beyond any federal bill currently being considered.
My question isn’t so much to Forsee, who obviously likes to talk out of both sides of his mouth. It’s to the students, faculty and staff of the University of Missouri. What are you going to do to hold Forsee accountable to his earlier commitment?