Four for Net Zero
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One can often see the distance between what the Reif administration says it's doing and what it is in fact doing by looking at the urls for their various activities. This was especially true for the comical Climate Change seminar series — (note to self: find some examples and post them here).

But a perfect example of what I mean is MIT's so-called "Report of the MIT Global Environment Initiative Planning Group." At any rate, that's the title pasted onto the report. But if you look at the title of the actual file, this is what you see: 20121112_provost_envinitexecplan.pdf.…

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Is Russia a dangerous partner?

It unquestionably is. It is a danger both politically and physically. This is not to say that the MIT-Russia agreement was the wrong thing to do. It is simply to say that this franchising of the MIT brand is fundamentally different than other franchising partners, ie, Singapore.

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The disingenuous L. Rafael Reif

The various letters and articles written by the faculty and students of the Democratize MIT movement provide an essential guide to understanding Rafael Reif. All of them should be read carefully. 

But there is one line in MIT's appalling Plan for Action on Climate Change (2015) that I've never been able to get out of my mind. I'm sure it won't strike anyone else in the same way, or seem to be important, and yet it is.

The Question of Divestment

The only section that matters in this 18 page document are the two pages under the…

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Rafael Reif's extraordinary April 17, 2012 Letter to the Community is the Magna Carta of MIT's climate policy. It is the key document that everyone interested in MIT's environmental and climate change policy must understand.

Ostensibly announcing the publication of the final report of the Environmental Research Council, Reif is in fact annulling that report and the four years of effort that went into it, and appointing Maria Zuber to write the report that he wanted all…

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