The collapse of the price of oil will have devastating consequences for MIT because of its decades-long devil’s bargain with oil companies. A self-proclaimed “daughter of coal country” as Vice President of Research in charge of all climate initiatives? A part-time Instructor running the Office of Sustainability as a class project? The many sham programs that MIT has been running while other universities built genuine environmental research centers and set genuine campus carbon goals will stand exposed as the bad faith charades they are.
The transition to clean energy will play out in real time at MIT. And just as it is for the world itself, it’s an open question whether MIT will survive. Broken promises (http://bit.ly/2w0TBP3), condescending dismissal of student activism (http://bit.ly/2vNTPca), shameless self-congratulation for absurd goals (https://bit.ly/3cCx8rc), climate denial (https://bit.ly/2Rh2yLI) and profiteering (https://bit.ly/3axuYYN). The collapse of the price of oil makes all that impossible. Tomorrow starts today for MIT (https://bit.ly/2RVx0v8).