Why DU stu­dents’ de­sire to di­vest from fos­sil fu­els is wrong

The Denver Post - - OPINION - Re: Chelsea Parks,

“Di­vest­ment push at DU is un­wise,” Dec. 17 ed­i­toral.

I am a Univer­sity of Den­ver alum­nus; I have un­der­grad­u­ate and grad­u­ate de­grees from the univer­sity. I can­not ex­press enough my grat­i­tude to you for your ed­i­to­rial about DU di­vest­ing its fos­sil-fuel hold­ings.

I am in the oil and gas in­dus­try. I did not go to DU to pur­sue a ca­reer in oil; I knew lit­tle to noth­ing about the in­dus­try while I was in school. I would ven­ture a guess that many to most of the stu­dents lead­ing this charge also know very lit­tle about our in­dus­try, from what lit­er­ally keeps the lights, heat, and air con­di­tion­ing on to what their school sup­plies, cars and shoes are made from. One of the most valu­able things I learned at DU is sys­tems the­ory. Re­struc­tur­ing my thoughts to at­tempt to un­der­stand the com­plex­ity of how things in­ter­act, the known and un­known, has helped me keep a some­what mod­er­ate view of how we should go about chang­ing our world. You can­not sim­ply get rid of one part of a sys­tem.

I would urge these stu­dents to try and learn some­thing about the in­dus­tries they de­test from some­one other than a celebrity or spe­cial-in­ter­est group. One or two might be sur­prised or have to have a very hon­est con­ver­sa­tion with them­selves about how open-minded they re­ally are. Send letters of 150 words or fewer to open­fo­rum@den­ver­post.com or 101 W. Col­fax Ave., Suite 800, Den­ver, CO, 80202. Please in­clude full name, city and phone num­ber. Con­tact us at 303-954-1331.

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