From the diaries by Erick
Colorado State University recently completed a study on the economic feasibility of increasing the usage of renewable energy. The results of this study were published in the world-renowned science periodical, The Coloradoan. Another stimulus-funded study of the obvious? No, what we have here is simply a heavy dose of reality for academicians who aren't willing to match their rhetoric with their pocketbook. Some of the quotes in this article are quite humorous.
Fort Collins campus President Tony Frank acknowledges that the 2008 plan to "rapidly" become carbon-neutral won't be a reality for decades because the university can't afford to make major changes right now.
It took them two years to figure this out? Business owners have been saying for much longer that forcing draconian cuts in emissions would harm their bottom line. Apparently it's acceptable for businesses to absorb the increased costs, but not a university.
One major challenge for CSU is that its emissions have actually been going up in recent years. In fiscal year 2006, CSU emitted 217,070 metric tons of carbon dioxide. Those emissions rose 7 per-cent by 2009.
An expanding business generates more emissions. Who knew?
For us, you'd have to really jack up tuition and put it toward plans like that.
Really? You mean mandating a huge reduction in emissions would require a business to pass on those costs to its customers?
We could save a lot of energy by sending the students home, sending the researchers home. But that's not what we do here.
Colorado State University learned more about basic economics here than they ever could have from a government-funded study. While I'd love to believe that this knowledge will be passed on to the greater academic community, I just can't imagine that it will. The irony of their own comments are completely lost on them.