MIT unveils a new action plan to tackle the climate crisis

[let them pave the way-cr]

The Institute commits to net-zero emissions by 2026, charts course marshaling all of MIT’s capabilities toward decarbonization

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MIT has released an ambitious new plan for action to address the world’s accelerating climate crisis. The plan, titled “Fast Forward: MIT’s Climate Action Plan for the Decade,” includes a broad array of new initiatives and significant expansions of existing programs, to address the needs for new technologies, new policies, and new kinds of outreach to bring the Institute’s expertise to bear on this critical global issue.

As MIT President L. Rafael Reif and other senior leaders have written in a letter to the MIT community announcing the new plan, “Humanity must find affordable, equitable ways to bring every sector of the global economy to net-zero carbon emissions no later than 2050.” And in order to do that, “we must go as far as we can, as fast as we can, with the tools and methods we have now.” But that alone, they stress, will not be enough to meet that essential goal. Significant investments will also be needed to invent and deploy new tools, including technological breakthroughs, policy initiatives, and effective strategies for education and communication about this epochal challenge.

“Our approach is to build on what the MIT community does best — and then aspire for still more. Harnessing MIT’s long record as a leader in innovation, the plan’s driving force is a series of initiatives to ignite research on, and accelerate the deployment of, the technologies and policies that will produce the greatest impact on limiting global climate change,” says Vice President for Research Maria Zuber, who led the creation and implementation of MIT’s first climate action plan and oversaw the development of the new plan alongside Associate Provost Richard Lester and School of Engineering Dean Anantha Chandrakasan.

The new plan includes a commitment to investigate the essential dynamics of global warming and its impacts, increasing efforts toward more precise predictions, and advocating for science-based climate policies and increased funding for climate research. It also aims to foster innovation through new research grants, faculty hiring policies, and student fellowship opportunities.

Decarbonizing the world’s economy in time will require “new ideas, transformed into practical solutions, in record time,” the plan states, and so it includes a push for research focused on key areas such as cement and steel production, heavy transportation, and ways to remove carbon from the air. The plan affirms the imperative for decarbonization efforts to emphasize the need for equity and fairness, and for broad outreach to all segments of society.

Charting a shared course for the future

Having made substantial progress in implementing the Institute’s original five-year Plan for Action on Climate Change, MIT’s new plan outlines measures to build upon and expand that progress over the next decade. The plan consists of five broad areas of action: sparking innovation, educating future generations, informing and leveraging government action, reducing MIT’s own climate impact, and uniting and coordinating all of MIT’s climate efforts.

MIT is already well on its way to reaching the initial target, set in 2015, to reduce the Institute’s net carbon emissions by at least 32 percent from 2005 levels by the year 2030. That goal is being met through a combination of innovative off-campus power purchase agreements that enable the construction of large-scale solar and wind farms, and an array of renewable energy and building efficiency measures on campus. In the new plan, MIT commits to net-zero direct carbon emissions by 2026.

The initial plan focused largely on intensifying efforts to find breakthrough solutions for addressing climate change, through a series of actions including the creation of new low-carbon energy centers for research, and the convening of researchers, industry leaders, and policymakers to facilitate the sharing of best practices and successful measures. The new plan expands upon these actions and incorporates new measures, such as climate-focused faculty positions and student work opportunities to help tackle climate issues from a variety of disciplines and perspectives.

A long-running series of symposia, community forums, and other events and discussions helped shape a set of underlying principles that apply to all of the plan’s many component parts. These themes are:

  • The centrality of science, to build on MIT’s pioneering work in understanding the dynamics of global warming and its effects;
  • The need to innovate and scale, requiring new ideas to be made into practical solutions quickly;
  • The imperative of justice, since many of those who will be most affected by climate change are among those with the least resources to adapt;
  • The need for engagement, dealing with government, industry, and society as a whole, reflecting the fact that decarbonizing the world’s economy will require working with leaders in all sectors; and
  • The power of coordination, emphasizing the need for the many different parts of the Institute’s climate research, education, and outreach to have clear structures for decision making, action, and accountability.

Bolstering research and innovation

The new plan features a wide array of action items to encourage innovation in critical areas, including new programs as well as the expansions of existing programs. This includes the Climate Grand Challenges, announced last year, which focus on game-changing research advances across disciplines spanning MIT.

“We must, and we do, call for critical self-examination of our own footprint, and aspire to substantial reductions. We also must, and we do, renew and bolster our commitment to the kind of paradigm-shifting research and innovation, across every sector and in every field of human endeavor, that the world expects from MIT,” notes Professor Lester. “An existential challenge like climate change calls for both immediate action and extraordinary long shots. I believe the people of MIT are capable of both.”

The plan also calls for expanding the MIT Climate and Sustainability Consortium, created earlier this year, to foster collaborations among companies and researchers to work for solutions to climate problems. The aim is to greatly accelerate the adoption of large-scale, real-world climate solutions, across different industries around the world, by working with large companies as they work to find ways to meet new net-zero climate targets, in areas ranging from aerospace to packaged food.

Another planned action is to establish a Future Energy Systems Center, which will coalesce the work that has been fostered through MIT’s Low-Carbon Energy Centers, created under the previous climate action plan. The Institute is also committing to devoting at least 20 upcoming faculty positions to climate-focused talent. And, there will be new midcareer ignition grants for faculty to spur work related to climate change and clean energy.

For students, the plan will provide up to 100 new Climate and Sustainability Energy Fellowships, spanning the Institute’s five schools and one college. These will enable work on current or new projects related to climate change. There will also be a new Climate Education Task Force to evaluate current offerings and make recommendations for strengthening research on climate-related topics. And, in-depth climate or clean-energy-related research opportunities will be offered to every undergraduate who wants one. Climate and sustainability topics and examples will be introduced into courses throughout the Institute, especially in the General Institute Requirements that all undergraduates must take.

This emphasis on MIT’s students is reflected in the plan’s introductory cover letter from Reif, Zuber, Lester, Chandrakasan, and Executive Vice President and Treasurer Glen Shor. They write: “In facing this challenge, we have very high expectations for our students; we expect them to help make the impossible possible. And we owe it to them to face this crisis by coming together in a whole-of-MIT effort — deliberately, wholeheartedly, and as fast as we can.”

The plan’s educational components provide “the opportunity to fundamentally change how we have our graduates think in terms of a sustainable future,” Chandrakasan says. “I think the opportunity to embed this notion of sustainability into every class, to think about design for sustainability, is a very important aspect of what we’re doing. And, this plan could significantly increase the faculty focused on this critical area in the next several years. The potential impact of that is tremendous.”

Reaching outward

The plan calls for creating a new Sustainability Policy Hub for undergraduates and graduate students to foster interactions with sustainability policymakers and faculty, including facilitating climate policy internships in Washington. There will be an expansion of the Council on the Uncertain Human Future, which started last year to bring together various groups to consider the climate crisis and its impacts on how people might live now and in the future.

“The proposed new Sustainability Policy Hub, coordinated by the Technology and Policy Program, will help MIT students and researchers engage with decision makers on topics that directly affect people and their well-being today and in the future,” says Noelle Selin, an associate professor in the Institute for Data, Systems, and Society and the Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences. “Ensuring sustainability in a changed climate is a collaborative effort, and working with policymakers and communities will be critical to ensure our research leads to action.”

A new series of Climate Action Symposia, similar to a successful series held in 2019-2020, will be convened. These events may include a focus on climate challenges for the developing world. In addition, MIT will develop a science- and fact-based curriculum on climate issues for high school students. These will be aimed at underserved populations and at countering sources of misinformation.

Building on its ongoing efforts to provide reliable, evidence-based information on climate science, technology, and policy solutions to policymakers at all levels of government, MIT is establishing a faculty-led Climate Policy Working Group, which will work with the Institute’s Washington office to help connect faculty members doing relevant research with officials working in those areas.

In the financial arena, MIT will lead more research and discussions aimed at strengthening the financial disclosures relating to climate that corporations need to make, thus making the markets more sensitive to the true risks to investors posed by climate change. In addition, MIT will develop a series of case studies of companies that have made a conversion to decarbonized energy and to sustainable practices, in order to provide useful models for others.

MIT will also expand the reach of its tools for modeling the impacts of various policy decisions on climate outcomes, economics, and energy systems. And, it will continue to send delegations to the major climate policy forums such as the UN’s Conference of the Parties, and to find new audiences for its Climate Portal, web-based Climate Primer, and TILclimate podcast.

“This plan reaffirms MIT’s commitment to developing climate change solutions,” says Christopher Knittel, the George P. Shultz Professor of Applied Economics. “It understands that solving climate change will require not only new technologies but also new climate leaders and new policy. The plan leverages MIT’s strength across all three of these, as well as its most prized resources: its students. I look forward to working with our students and policymakers in using the tools of economics to provide the research needed for evidence-based policymaking.”

Recognizing that the impacts of climate change fall most heavily on some populations that have contributed little to the problem but have limited means to make the needed changes, the plan emphasizes the importance of addressing the socioeconomic challenges posed by major transitions in energy systems, and will focus on job creation and community support in these regions, both domestically and in the developing world. These programs include the Environmental Solutions Initiative’s Natural Climate Solutions Program, and the Climate Resilience Early Warning System Network, which aims to provide fine-grained climate predictions.

“I’m extraordinarily excited about the plan,” says Professor John Fernández, director of the Environmental Solutions Initiative and a professor of building technology. “These are exactly the right things for MIT to be doing, and they align well with an increasing appetite across our community. We have extensive expertise at MIT to contribute to diverse solutions, but our reach should be expanded and I think this plan will help us do that.”

“It’s so encouraging to see environmental justice issues and community collaborations centered in the new climate action plan,” says Amy Moran-Thomas, the Alfred Henry and Jean Morrison Hayes Career Development Associate Professor of Anthropology. “This is a vital step forward. MIT’s policy responses and climate technology design can be so much more significant in their reach with these engagements done in a meaningful way.”

Decarbonizing campus

MIT’s first climate action plan produced mechanisms and actions that have led to significant reductions in net emissions. For example, through an innovative collaborative power purchase agreement, MIT enabled the construction of a large solar farm and the early retirement of a coal plant, and also provided a model that others have since adopted. Because of the existing agreement, MIT has already reduced its net emissions by 24 percent despite a boom in construction of new buildings on campus. This model will be extended moving forward, as MIT explores a variety of possible large-scale collaborative agreements to enable solar energy, wind energy, energy storage, and other emissions-curbing facilities.

Using the campus as a living testbed, the Institute has studied every aspect of its operations to assess their climate impacts, including heating and cooling, electricity, lighting, materials, and transportation. The studies confirm the difficulties inherent in transforming large existing infrastructure, but all feasible reductions in emissions are being pursued. Among them: All new purchases of light vehicles will be zero-emissions if available. The amount of solar generation on campus will increase fivefold, from 100 to 500 kilowatts. Shuttle buses will begin converting to electric power no later than 2026, and the number of car-charging stations will triple, to 360.

Meanwhile, a new working group will study possibilities for further reductions of on-campus emissions, including indirect emissions encompassed in the UN’s Scope 3 category, such as embedded energy in construction materials, as well as possible measures to offset off-campus Institute-sponsored travel. The group will also study goals relating to food, water, and waste systems; develop a campus climate resilience plan; and expand the accounting of greenhouse gas emissions to include MIT’s facilities outside the campus. It will encourage all labs, departments, and centers to develop plans for sustainability and reductions in emissions.

“This is a broad and appropriately ambitious plan that reflects the headway we’ve made building up capacity over the last five years,” says Robert Armstrong, director of the MIT Energy Initiative. “To succeed we’ll need to continually integrate new understanding of climate science, science and technology innovations, and societal engagement from the many elements of this plan, and to be agile in adapting ongoing work accordingly.”

Examining investments

To help bring MIT’s investments in line with these climate goals, MIT has already begun the process of decarbonizing its portfolio, but aims to go further.

Beyond merely declaring an aspirational goal for such reductions, the Institute will take this on as a serious research question, by undertaking an intensive analysis of what it would mean to achieve net-zero carbon by 2050 in a broad investment portfolio.

“I am grateful to MITIMCO for their seriousness in affirming this step,” Zuber says. “We hope the outcome of this analysis will help not just our institution but possibly other institutional managers with a broad portfolio who aspire to a net-zero carbon goal.”

MIT’s investment management company will also review its environmental, social, and governance investment framework and post it online. And, as a member of Climate Action 100+, MIT will be actively engaging with major companies about their climate-change planning. For the planned development of the Volpe site in Kendall square, MIT will offset the entire carbon footprint and raise the site above the projected 2070 100-year flood level.

Institute-wide participation

A centerpiece of the new plan is the creation of two high-level committees representing all parts of the MIT community. The MIT Climate Steering Committee, a council of faculty and administrative leaders, will oversee and coordinate MIT’s strategies on climate change, from technology to policy. The steering committee will serve as an “orchestra conductor,” coordinating with the heads of the various climate-related departments, labs, and centers, as well as issue-focused working groups, seeking input from across the Institute, setting priorities, committing resources, and communicating regularly on the progress of the climate plan’s implementation.

The second committee, called the Climate Nucleus, will include representatives of climate- and energy-focused departments, labs, and centers that have significant responsibilities under the climate plan, as well as the MIT Washington Office. It will have broad responsibility for overseeing the management and implementation of all elements of the plan, including program planning, budgeting and staffing, fundraising, external and internal engagement, and program-level accountability. The Nucleus will make recommendations to the Climate Steering Committee on a regular basis and report annually to the steering committee on progress under the plan.

“We heard loud and clear that MIT needed both a representative voice for all those pursuing research, education, and innovation to achieve our climate and sustainability goals, but also a body that’s nimble enough to move quickly and imbued with enough budgetary oversight and leadership authority to act decisively. With the Climate Steering Committee and Climate Nucleus together, we hope to do both,” Lester says.

The new plan also calls for the creation of three working groups to address specific aspects of climate action. The working groups will include faculty, staff, students, and alumni and give these groups direct input into the ongoing implementation of MIT’s plans. The three groups will focus on climate education, climate policy, and MIT’s own carbon footprint. They will track progress under the plan and make recommendations to the Nucleus on ways of increasing MIT’s effectiveness and impact.

“MIT is in an extraordinary position to make a difference and to set a standard of climate leadership,” the plan’s cover letter says. “With this plan, we commit to a coordinated set of leadership actions to spur innovation, accelerate action, and deliver practical impact.”

“Successfully addressing the challenges posed by climate change will require breakthrough science, daring innovation, and practical solutions, the very trifecta that defines MIT research,” says Raffaele Ferrari, the Cecil and Ida Green Professor of Oceanography. “The MIT climate action plan lays out a comprehensive vision to bring the whole Institute together and address these challenges head on. “Last century, MIT helped put humans on the moon. This century, it is committing to help save humanity and the environment from climate change here on Earth.”

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Written by David L. Chandler, MIT News Office

From EurekAlert!



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dk_
May 15, 2021 10:32 pm

No need to read past title and lede. Forget who said that one, too.

R.T.Dee
Reply to  dk_
May 16, 2021 12:46 pm

19 pages of virtue signalling from MIT, indeed! How the mighty are fallen, no doubt this is to preserve their place at the trough of government funding. Why bother with this sort of article? Just note it as Dr Curry does at Climate, etc: A few things that caught my eye, give the source and a few lines of comment, and let me ignore it.

It seems that 95% of the stuff on WUWT these days are merely re-posts of some other site. I merely go immediately to the source.

IAMPCBOB
Reply to  dk_
May 16, 2021 3:32 pm

Sadly, I would have expected something more along the lines of actual intelligence from MIT! This is nothing more than more of the same BS wwe get from every other source these days! Best to just ignore it! They will learn, soon enough, the follies of their ways!

Hasbeen
Reply to  IAMPCBOB
May 16, 2021 9:35 pm

If these people actually believe this garbage, they should be in a road gang fixing potholes, not in a science lab.

If as I suspect, they don’t believe a word of it, they should be locked up where they can do no more harm.

Sunsettommy
Editor
Reply to  dk_
May 16, 2021 9:42 pm

I read this and realized it is dumb propaganda:

MIT has released an ambitious new plan for action to address the world’s accelerating climate crisis. 

What “accelerating Climate Crisis”?

They are full of !!!!

Not going to read anymore of it.

May 15, 2021 10:33 pm

MIT is of course the home of the great climate scientist and hurricane expert Professor Kerry Emanuel. More about Dr Emanuel

https://tambonthongchai.com/2018/09/18/climate-change-hurricanes/

Serge Wright
May 15, 2021 10:33 pm

After telling us for years that the solution is settled and we can run a grid on wind and solar, it now appears that they have realised this message will provide no more future funding.

Iain Reid
Reply to  Serge Wright
May 15, 2021 11:37 pm

Mike,

too many say that we can run a grid on just wind and solar (or wave, tide etc) and batteries being the solution for times of low output.
Any real power engineer will tell you that is just not true or possible.

IAMPCBOB
Reply to  Iain Reid
May 16, 2021 3:33 pm

Especially not possible!

Anon
Reply to  Serge Wright
May 15, 2021 11:49 pm

It looks like MIT’s Jonathan Gruber found a new gig: “Obamacare only passed due to the ‘stupidity’ of the American voter and a lack of ‘transparency’. “ 

No doubt Obama/Biden et.al, they will run the same play with the Green New Deal. (sigh)

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StephenP
Reply to  Serge Wright
May 16, 2021 4:43 am

I wonder how seriously they will look at ‘ The centrality of science, to build on MIT’s pioneering work in understanding the dynamics of global warming and its effects ‘?

Is it happening? Yes, IIRC much of it due to the UHI effect and the rise in minimum temperatures rather than maximum temperatures.

Would we want to reduce CO2 levels so that we go back to the Little Ice Age?

Is CO2 the control knob?

It looks as if they have already pre-determined the answer they want and have moved
on to a proposal for more funding.

Dave Fair
Reply to  StephenP
May 16, 2021 8:34 am

Sprinkled throughout the ‘happy-words’ document are proposals for more government money (grants) and donations. Its the money, stupid.

Alba
Reply to  Dave Fair
May 16, 2021 9:59 am

Yes.
“The new plan includes a commitment to investigate the essential dynamics of global warming and its impacts, increasing efforts toward more precise predictions, and advocating for science-based climate policies and increased funding for climate research.”
That says all we need to know.
I thought it was all ‘settled science’. What more do we need to know?

Richard Page
Reply to  Alba
May 16, 2021 12:27 pm

You missed the most important point of the whole misbegotten plan – the one where they discuss ‘justice’ as an excuse for a Marxist redistribution of wealth.
Don’t you miss the old days, now long gone, when MIT used to be a centre of learning?

Patrick B
Reply to  Richard Page
May 16, 2021 2:11 pm

Let’s start with redistributing MIT’s endowment.

John in Oz
Reply to  Dave Fair
May 16, 2021 6:19 pm

This is where I stopped:

It also aims to foster innovation through new research grants, faculty hiring policies, and student fellowship opportunities.

Any carriage on the money train is beneficial.

Michael S. Kelly
Reply to  Dave Fair
May 17, 2021 8:17 pm

“Its the money, stupid.”

MIT has graduated some of the greatest minds in physics and engineering in history, and has a long legacy of of advancing technology for the benefit of civilization. The quote above, however, characterizes MIT culture today…and I think it might have originated with JFK’s challenge to “put a man on the Moon before this decade is out…” One of the very first contracts issued in the Apollo program was a $500 million contract to MIT Instrumentation Labs ($4,346,404,638.00 today) to develop the Apollo Guidance Computer.

Now, there is little dispute that the AGC pioneered almost every aspect of modern computers, and the result was magnificent (even by today’s standards). But the lavish funding got universities addicted to the largess of government. Sure, back then they had to deliver. But since that time…

When politicians made it a condition of research funding that it satisfy their political goals, rather than achieving positive, tangible, realistic, results, the system became a racket. And it continues today, with politicians taking taxpayer money to bribe universities to produce propaganda with which to maintain power. Not that this hasn’t happened in the past – it’s the same old story as in the Soviet Union. I am sad to see my country dissolving, at my age, with a grandchild on the way…

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Rich Davis
Reply to  Serge Wright
May 16, 2021 10:20 am

Exactly! This load of bovine excrement (brought to you by EurekAlert!) is MIT’s 5-yr business plan for harvesting government funding.

With these clowns in charge, the future’s so dim you gotta take off your shades. 😎

Mike
May 15, 2021 10:36 pm

“Our approach is to build on what the MIT community does best — and then aspire for still more. Harnessing MIT’s long record as a leader in innovation, the plan’s driving force is a series of initiatives to ignite research on, and accelerate the deployment of, the technologies and policies that will produce the greatest impact on limiting global climate change,”

The climastrology zombie bug is a hungry creature. It is never satisfied. It bites deeply so don’t get to close!!!

Reply to  Mike
May 15, 2021 11:33 pm

Insightful
Thanks.

Scissor
Reply to  Mike
May 16, 2021 5:13 am

It can also be viewed as a trough to which pigs come to feed.

david P
May 15, 2021 10:38 pm

What a load of drivel. And I thought Aussie universities were bad!

LdB
Reply to  david P
May 16, 2021 3:00 am

I thought it was a satirical piece from the onion or like but then I realized nope they are just that stupid.

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Clive
Reply to  david P
May 16, 2021 4:23 am

A load of mind numbing waffle. So did I they couldn’t beat that lot though. Aussie.

Alan Robertson
Reply to  david P
May 16, 2021 5:20 am

et tu MIT?

beng135
Reply to  david P
May 16, 2021 8:44 am

Yeah, how many committees, personnel, peer-reviews and approvals were required to come up w/that load of virtue-signalling verbal excrement. Propaganda-for-idiots seems like the only product coming out of Unis these days, even MIT.

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May 15, 2021 10:56 pm

As MIT President L. Rafael Reif and other senior leaders have written in a letter to the MIT community announcing the new plan, “Humanity must find affordable, equitable ways to bring every sector of the global economy to net-zero carbon emissions no later than 2050.” 

Damn it – these people are really stupid! IYI’s!

MIT’s own Richard Lindzen told them there was no climate emergency. Lindzen knows more about this subject than the lot of them.

Excerpt from my latest paper – definition of IYI:
CLIMATE CHANGE, COVID-19, AND THE GREAT RESET
A CLIMATE, ENERGY AND COVID PRIMER FOR POLITICIANS AND MEDIA
By Allan M.R. MacRae, Published May 8, 2021 UPDATE 1e
Download the WORD file
https://thsresearch.files.wordpress.com/2021/05/climate-change-covid-19-and-the-great-reset-update-1e-readonly.docx
 
The Climate-and-Covid scares are false crises, concocted by wolves to stampede the sheep.
 
The tactics used by the global warming propagandists are straight out of Lenin’s playbook.
 
The Climategate emails provided further evidence of the warmists’ deceit – they don’t debate, they shout down dissent and seek to harm those who disagree with them – straight out of Lenin.
 
The purported “science” of global warming catastrophism has been disproved numerous ways over the decades. Every one of the warmists’ very-scary predictions, some 80 or so since 1970, have failed to happen. The most objective measure of scientific competence is the ability to correctly predict – and the climate fraudsters have been 100% wrong to date.
 
There is a powerful logic that says that no rational person can be this wrong, this deliberately obtuse, for this long – that they must have a covert agenda. I made this point circa 2009, and that agenda is now fully exposed – it is the Marxist totalitarian “Great Reset” – “You will own nothing, and you’ll be happy!”
 
The wolves, proponents of both the very-scary Global Warming / Climate Change scam and the Covid-19 Lockdown scam, know they are lying. Note also how many global “leaders” quickly linked the two scams, stating ”to solve Covid we have to solve Climate Change”- utter nonsense, not even plausible enough to be specious.
 
Regarding the sheep, especially those who inhabit our universities and governments:
The sheep are well-described by Nassim Nicholas Taleb, author of the landmark text “The Black Swan”, as “Intellectual-Yet-Idiot” or IYI – IYI’s hold the warmist views as absolute truths, without ever having spent sufficient effort to investigate them. The false warmist narrative fitted their negative worldview, and they never seriously questioned it by examining the contrary evidence.

mike macray
Reply to  ALLAN MACRAE
May 16, 2021 4:02 am

“…The plan calls for creating a new Sustainability Policy Hub for undergraduates and graduate students to foster interactions with sustainability policymakers and faculty, including facilitating climate policy internships in Washington.”

I guess that says it all!
They could have said to quote a Welsh Proverb: ” Don’t be backward in going forward boy else you won’t get nowhere”
Which would have made a lot more sense??
Cheers
Mike

Dave Fair
Reply to  mike macray
May 16, 2021 8:40 am

To more closely align MIT work with the political winds. President Dwight Eisenhower warned us.

Alan the Brit
May 15, 2021 10:58 pm

“to emphasize the need for equity and fairness”!!!

Says it all, it’s ALL about global wealth redistribution, the filthy, evil, wicked, free-enterprise, capitalist countries, MUST redistribute their wealth to the rest to assuage our “guilt” for being wealthy, a drive lead in large part by the filthy rich & wealthy (individuals) in the West!!!! Socialism rules!!!!

Drake
Reply to  Alan the Brit
May 16, 2021 8:10 am

Lets start by taking the endowments of all leftist universities and distributing the funds to provide “renewable” “energy” to 3rd world countries.

The woke professors and administrators would also, to support their aspirations of fairness, gladly surrender 50% of their salaries to achieve the goals identified.

Make it so!

Richard Page
Reply to  Drake
May 16, 2021 12:31 pm

100% of their salaries – they could earn some of it back by teaching basic education in the worst off of those nations.

DMacKenzie
May 15, 2021 11:07 pm

No dummies, these MIT guys (and gals)…..starry-eyed greenmunists will hang on everything the MIT presenters spin to them…..to find out in the end that MIT’s real answer for decarbonization net-zero is located in the NSE complex, that’s Nuclear Science and Engineering …..I can picture it as something like one of those time share breakfasts…..

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Amos E. Stone
Reply to  DMacKenzie
May 16, 2021 3:09 am

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MIT_Nuclear_Research_Reactor

“The MIT Nuclear Research Reactor (MITR) serves the research purposes of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. It is a tank-type 6 MW reactor that is moderated and cooled by light water and uses heavy water as a reflector. It is the second largest university based research reactor in the U.S.”

“The heat from the reactor is ultimately dissipated to the atmosphere via the secondary cooling system using two modular Tower Tech cooling towers”

Start there maybe?

400kW of solar, producing maybe 40kW on average, is not going to power those busses and charging points. I thought MIT was home to the sharpest engineers in the US? I’m sure they could figure out a way to get more than 40kW electricity out of 6MW of waste heat…

Gary Pearse
May 15, 2021 11:26 pm

What they used to do best would have blown this theory out of existence. This fabled institution, of course, was a prime target for takeover precisely because of its former excellence. A study of the appointments over the years would be revealing.

May 15, 2021 11:27 pm

[let them pave the way-cr]

The road to Hell is paved with good intentions.

Zig Zag Wanderer
Reply to  Philip Mulholland
May 16, 2021 12:19 am

According to the late great Terry Pratchet, it’s actually paved with frozen used-car salesmen, and the imps go skating on them on the weekends.

TonyG
Reply to  Zig Zag Wanderer
May 16, 2021 1:49 pm

If that’s what the Disc does with used car salesmen, what does it do with lawyers?

ozspeaksup
Reply to  Philip Mulholland
May 16, 2021 3:14 am

when i see all that front lawn filled with solar pv not buying from outside sources…etc etc

Mickey Reno
May 16, 2021 12:01 am

Before they experiment with the human population as a whole, why not a modest, reasoned first experiment?

See if you can run MIT for 6 months without burning any fossil fuels whatsoever.

I can pretty well guarantee that they cannot. And if they cannot, then that should shut their flapping gums.

Or, alternatively, make an impossible, vague set of criteria that cannot possibly be measured, let alone understanding the economic impacts thereof, and pretend later that you’ve actually committed some climate heroism, while pandering for more gummint research dollars. Why do I think the second alternative will be chosen?

griff
Reply to  Mickey Reno
May 16, 2021 8:38 am

but surely they are telling you they can, from 2026?

Dave Fair
Reply to  griff
May 16, 2021 10:30 am

They are telling you that they want to, from 2026. With lots of outside money and creative English language usage they probably will. But the rest of the world does not have outside money nor can real people use rhetoric to avoid reality.

TonyG
Reply to  griff
May 16, 2021 1:50 pm

net zero direct emissions”

May 16, 2021 12:06 am

Stopped reading when I reached the point where one of the plans stated increased funding. This would be from the taxpayer, not from MIT.

Tom in Florida
Reply to  peter roberts
May 16, 2021 5:49 am

I stopped after the first line: “to address the world’s accelerating climate crisis.”

Jean Parisot
Reply to  Tom in Florida
May 16, 2021 7:24 am

“to address the world’s accelerating climate crisis.”; the ice age cometh.

TonyG
Reply to  Jean Parisot
May 16, 2021 1:51 pm

They certainly seem to want the ice age to come.

What temperature SHOULD the earth be? I’ve never gotten an answer.

John V. Wright
May 16, 2021 12:13 am

Lots of quotes from MIT people but nothing from its most distinguished, meteorologically-expertand balanced professorial voice Richard Lindzen. That’s probably because Prof. Lindzen is sitting there with his head in his hands. How has MIT come to this? That sound you can hear is Alfred P. Sloan rotating in his grave.

H.R.
Reply to  John V. Wright
May 16, 2021 5:28 am

It’s getting real bad, innit, John?

If we wrapped all the long departed great scientists in copper and lined their graves with magnets, we’d have an unlimited source of power.

They must all be spinning in their graves pretty fast right about now.

Walter Horsting
Reply to  John V. Wright
May 16, 2021 7:09 am

Just sent Richard a note with the link to the story.

Bjarne Bisballe
May 16, 2021 12:17 am

A Fish Rots From the Head Down

accordionsrule
May 16, 2021 12:18 am

MIT wins the buzzword contest hands down, with Weird All coming in a distant second. https://youtu.be/GyV_UG60dD4

Steve Case
Reply to  accordionsrule
May 16, 2021 1:53 am

Excellent comparison.

Scissor
Reply to  accordionsrule
May 16, 2021 5:26 am

Weirdly very-talented Al from Cal Poly SLO.

H.R.
Reply to  accordionsrule
May 16, 2021 5:45 am

Fantastic find, accordiansrule!

Rod Evans
May 16, 2021 12:37 am

Well I read it and am still waiting for their solutions to their own imagined problem with Climate Change.
They are big on meaningless words and phrases and completely missing what any of these new technologies needed in their five year plan will be.
They will set up lots of committees lots of discussions and lots of lobby activity but what is the bold new initiative.
If words can get the job done then MIT look to have the “problem” cracked.
Can someone just ask them apart from talking what exactly do they intend to advance.

H.R.
Reply to  Rod Evans
May 16, 2021 5:47 am

Can someone just ask them apart from talking what exactly do they intend to advance.

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Their pay rate.

Clyde Spencer
Reply to  Rod Evans
May 16, 2021 11:03 am

It appears that the management of MIT has become a showcase for the Peter Principle.

Greg Cavanagh
Reply to  Rod Evans
May 17, 2021 7:57 pm

This is exactly the point I was going to make. I skimmed through the article looking for their solutions to this existential threat. Then I thought there was a link to their article where they discuss their solutions. Nothing, nada, zero, zip.

So they’re going to study the thing to death? They never mentioned a single item, a single thing that needs to be solved. What exactly are they going to be studying?

May 16, 2021 12:41 am

Why do they keep calling it Carbon Emissions ?
I always call it CO2 emissions.
Even a lot of climate realists/skeptics call it carbon emissions
The whole problem is that MIT is not accurate.
They don’t seem to know what they are talking about!

Reply to  JON P PETERSON
May 16, 2021 12:59 am

Or is it diamond dust?

Reply to  JON P PETERSON
May 16, 2021 2:10 am

Carbon is a chemical element with symbol C and atomic number 6. Classified as a nonmetal, Carbon is a solid at room temperature!!!

Alan the Brit
Reply to  JON P PETERSON
May 16, 2021 1:00 am

The whole objective is to make us all feel guilty for living & improving ourselves! Yes there are lots of inequalities around the world, but simply throwing money at them will not resolve them, history over the last 40-50 years has demonstrated this time again, if you don’t deal with corruption, you waste your time & money!!!! Unfortunately, money has a tendency to corrupt most people when politics is behind it!!!! Climate Change or more accurately, Global Warming, is a classic example! Global Warming is what has been claimed, Global Warming is what must be delivered at all costs, but please, someone tell the Sun first!!!!

Scissor
Reply to  JON P PETERSON
May 16, 2021 5:33 am

Your sentiment is entirely correct.

They will say that they are using the term “carbon emissions” in order to address the global “carbon cycle,” and perhaps to include methane, which has some validity as far as mass balance is concerned. However, to be honest, CO2 is the technically correct emission species. Carbon has a more negative connotation, as in carbon black, soot.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  JON P PETERSON
May 16, 2021 5:54 am

“Why do they keep calling it Carbon Emissions ?
I always call it CO2 emissions.”

You would be correct, and those who use “carbon” as a substitute for CO2 would be inaccurate.

I watched a tv special about Greta Thunberg yesterday and all you heard on the program was “carbon, carbon, carbon”. I don’t think any of those interviewed referred to CO2 as CO2.

When we can’t get the nomenclature right, we have a basic problem. The “problem” substance is CO2, not carbon. When you hear people substitute carbon for CO2, that should lead you to believe that person is not a very deep thinker, and is seriously confused about the periodic table.

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Clyde Spencer
Reply to  Tom Abbott
May 16, 2021 11:06 am

I watched a tv special about Greta Thunberg yesterday …

You are a braver man than me! Or at least more tolerance for foul smells.

Mr. Lee
May 16, 2021 12:57 am

Last century, MIT helped put humans on the moon. This century, it is committing to help save humanity and the environment from climate change here on Earth.”

Putting a man on the moon succeeded because it was a clear and focused endeavor. Saving humanity from climate change could hardly be more nebulous, and as a result, it will be a failure. It seems that MIT, like many other great institutions of the past, has gotten lost in the leftist doctrine wilderness. Frankly, I don’t care if they ever find their way out.

Scissor
Reply to  Mr. Lee
May 16, 2021 5:38 am

Also, the energy required is several orders of magnitude lower to put a man on the moon.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Mr. Lee
May 16, 2021 6:07 am

Yeah, Higher Education is “cruising for a bruising” as some people say around here.

The whole education system should get ready for a big backlash from the sane people of the United States. I’m not sure the direction that will be taken, but it won’t be the status quo. Higher Education has shown itself lacking.

The radical Left has destroyed the U.S. education system and turned it into an indoctrination center.

It’s time to start rebuilding the U.S. education system and exclude the radical Left from decisionmaking in education. The Left’s idea of education is to brainwash everyone with leftwing ideology. That’s how we got to the place we are at now.

TonyG
Reply to  Tom Abbott
May 16, 2021 1:58 pm

The debasing of education with soft thinking is almost complete, having now infiltrated even the “hard” disciplines like physical sciences and engineering. Just wait until people try using a bridge designed by engineers who have been taught that objectivity and concrete correct answers in math are racist concepts.

Retired_Engineer_Jim
Reply to  Tom Abbott
May 17, 2021 3:28 pm

I did my small bit for the backlash. As a graduate”The Great Eastern Technological Institute Upon the Banks of the Charles”, of I received my very own, personal copy of the PDF of the first Climate Action Plan, I scanned the first few pages. Overwhelmed by the platitudes, and absolute certainty of the claims, I ceased contributing to the Alumni Fund, and took off my Brass Rat (which I had worn with pride). Now, once a year, a student calls to get me to give, and I say no, thanks. The student then asks why, and I tell him or her. The call ends amicably, but they never take my name of their list. They continue to call me, with same result, and keep on doing it. There is a name for such behavior.

Clyde Spencer
Reply to  Mr. Lee
May 16, 2021 11:10 am

Putting a man on the moon succeeded because it was a clear and focused endeavor.

Similarly, the advances in materials science far exceed climatology because those developing new materials have a simple criteria of meeting the specifications for an application, while climatologists are free to offer a multitude of possibilities that won’t come to pass until after they are dead or at least retired.

Alexy Scherbakoff
May 16, 2021 12:59 am

More high-level committees will fix everything and bring us all the answers.

Reply to  Alexy Scherbakoff
May 16, 2021 1:18 am

Lets sttart by just turning of first the electoricity, followed by the water & sewage.

Then they will find out that in the real World things are just a little bit harder.

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Scissor
Reply to  M.j.ellìott
May 16, 2021 5:40 am

Give them 5 years to show us how it’s done.

M Courtney
May 16, 2021 1:22 am

Note the opportunity cost here.
All those high-flying students attracted by the grant-funding and the need to save the world are not now going to be working on anything that will make the world a better place.
It’s creaming off the brightest and best and slopping them down the gutter.

Frank from NoVA
Reply to  M Courtney
May 16, 2021 5:13 am

It’s worse than you think. The article says the interns will be heading off to Washington to affect policy. They won’t be producing anything.

Pariah Dog
May 16, 2021 2:08 am

I used to think Fallout 4’s characterization of MIT (The Institute) was a little over the top. Now I think I need to start saving bottlecaps…

fretslider
May 16, 2021 2:10 am

MIT is what we used to call a loony bin

IPCRESS!

Coeur de Lion
May 16, 2021 2:11 am

Just a Brit from over the water horrified that the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, with its stunning record of discovery, should have fallen for this climate crap. Doesn’t anyone there ask a simple question or two? Like “Tell me, what’s the evidence for the Climate Crisis?”

Joseph Zorzin
Reply to  Coeur de Lion
May 16, 2021 4:08 am

It’s because MIT is in The Climate Emergency Caliphate of Massachusetts- where every institution and most of the population have the faith.

Scissor
Reply to  Coeur de Lion
May 16, 2021 5:42 am

It’s axiomatic, without evidence of course.

May 16, 2021 2:17 am

When I was young no engineering grad school had a bigger reputation than MIT. And now they issue this stupid plan based on the NOT climate emergency.
Are other formerly high flying institutions similarly abbandoned the scientific method and become inflicted with Climate Stupidity?

saveenergy
Reply to  Ulick Stafford
May 16, 2021 3:06 am

Are other formerly high flying institutions similarly abbandoned the scientific method and become inflicted with Climate Stupidity?” ( abandoning)

Sadly … Yes … in droves –
but it’s old news, this from 2019
https://www.universityworldnews.com/post.php?story=20190710141435609

Dave Fair
Reply to  saveenergy
May 16, 2021 9:34 am

And the media is banding together under the auspices of the Columbia School of Journalism.

Joseph Zorzin
Reply to  Ulick Stafford
May 16, 2021 4:10 am

It’s all about the trillions of dollars.

Dave Fair
Reply to  Ulick Stafford
May 16, 2021 9:29 am

Of course they are; that’s where the (government, mostly) money is coming from. President Dwight Eisenhower told us to beware, but we didn’t listen.

Clyde Spencer
Reply to  Ulick Stafford
May 16, 2021 11:14 am

Are other formerly high flying institutions similarly abbandoned the scientific method and become inflicted with Climate Stupidity?

Harvard and UC Berkeley!

goracle
May 16, 2021 2:19 am

Saw the words “equitable” and “justice” and knew this was just more jibberish… they’ve done good work in the past, but wokeness is not science and leads to stuff like this: MIT wants to raise on campus solar generation from 100kwh to 500kwh. That’s means they can power ONE avg electric water heater for 1 month?? ONE. Am I missing something?

Scissor
Reply to  goracle
May 16, 2021 5:47 am

Their units were just kw, so are they just talking about nameplate capacity?

goracle
Reply to  Scissor
May 16, 2021 5:19 pm

they say they want to increase from 100 to 500 kilowatts…. I don’t know if that means per day per month or per year…. I just took the kwh the avg electric heater uses in a month… if I’m misreading something, someone please correct me because I hate being wrong (especially on the interwebs where it’s forever ;-).

Clyde Spencer
Reply to  goracle
May 16, 2021 11:16 am

Saw the words “equitable” and “justice” and knew this was just more jibberish…

Socrates struggled with defining “justice.” Now, MIT has it nailed!

Steve Case
May 16, 2021 2:19 am
Frank from NoVA
Reply to  Steve Case
May 16, 2021 5:24 am

The wiki article needs to be updated – the PM rot has obviously spread to the hard sciences and engineering. Stephen Hicks wrote a nice book on PM sometime ago. It’s his premise that by doing away with reason and the bulk of modern western thought, PM allowed Marxist academics and their fellow travelers the means to ignore the failure and collapse of communism in the 20th century.

May 16, 2021 3:09 am

The only ‘World’s Accelerating Climate Crisis’ is the one fitfully circulating around their brains.

Climate believer
May 16, 2021 3:15 am

So much intelligence, so little wisdom.

Thankfully Boston doesn’t seem to be suffering from all the excessive heat that has been generated by their intemperate rhetoric.

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Speed
May 16, 2021 3:16 am

Written by David L. Chandler, MIT News Office

Must be paid by the word. Or maybe by the letter.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Speed
May 16, 2021 6:18 am

It was kind of long-winded, wasn’t it. Word salad.

All I needed to read was the first sentence to get the gist of the article: Climate change delusion.

Patrick MJD
May 16, 2021 3:39 am

I would really like to know where this climate crisis is?

Steve E.
Reply to  Patrick MJD
May 16, 2021 3:57 am

Stated simply… MIT wants government money. For them the climate crisis is “Do we value scientific credibility and responsibility over money? As this news release makes clear, positioning themselves for green money is the #1 priority.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Patrick MJD
May 16, 2021 6:36 am

There is no climate crisis. It’s a figment of their imaginations.

Temperatures are cooling, yet these people keep talking about warming and unprecedented warming. Hey guys, look around at a thermometer once in a while. You guys are living in a dream/nightmare world that is divorced from reality.

Smart people are not immune to this mass climate change delusion, obviously.

What amazes me is the number of smart people who don’t require any evidence in order to believe in something.

If I were pesented with a world-destroying problem, I would want to know everything there is to know about that problem. But apparently that’s not the case with a lot of people. They just accept their coming doom meekly and without question.

That has to be the case, because if they wanted to know everything about this CO2 matter, they would find, like I have, that most of the rhetoric is pure speculation not supported by any evidence.

It’s not that hard to figure this out. Just look at all the dire alarmist climate change predictions that never came true. That would be *all* of them. That’s not covincing that you should take the climate change claims with a grain of salt? So why don’t more people do it? Maybe they do, but they just go along with the crowd to get along. But that’s living a lie and is not good for a self-governing people.

A mass delusion is what we have going on here with Human-caused Climate Change. A few climate change liars started the ball rolling and now the Leftwing Media spreads the Lie near and far for political reasons. Many psychology papers should be written about this mass delusion phenomenon.

Clyde Spencer
Reply to  Tom Abbott
May 16, 2021 11:19 am

It’s a figment of their imaginations.

Or a convenient excuse for soliciting grant money!

Joseph Zorzin
May 16, 2021 3:57 am

It looks like MIT sees trillions of dollars about to be spent to save the world and they want a big piece of the action!

“off-campus power purchase agreements that enable the construction of large-scale solar and wind farms”

Yuh, but where? Not near MIT because it’s in the city. Out in central and western Mass. where they can waste the landscape with more “green” energy production?

Gregory Woods
Reply to  Joseph Zorzin
May 16, 2021 4:24 am

What I want to know is how they plan to separate the black electrons from the green ones…

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Gregory Woods
May 16, 2021 6:44 am

We need more details of MIT’s plan. Are they going to be 100 percent powered by windmills and solar by 2026, or is this just another scam, where they dip into the regular, fossil-fuel powered grid when they have a shortfall? In other words, are they just virtue signalling?

Joseph Zorzin
Reply to  Tom Abbott
May 16, 2021 11:10 am

MIT is rich enough to buy all the carbon credits it needs to maintain its virtue. Same with Harvard.

Dave Andrews
Reply to  Joseph Zorzin
May 16, 2021 9:17 am

And not only waste the landscape in Mass.

“Since 2010 the average amount of minerals needed for a new unit of power generation capacity has increased by 50% as the share of renewables has risen.”

Quote from the Executive Summary of a new report from the International Energy Agency ‘The Role of Critical Minerals in Clean Energy Transitions’ (May 2021)

Joseph Zorzin
Reply to  Dave Andrews
May 16, 2021 11:07 am

But they never count the cost of waste and other negatives of green energy. I’m currently reading Bill Gates book- he says when comparing the costs of fossil fuel vs. green energy, that fossil fuel has a huge externality, the damage to the climate. So, we must insist on counting all the damage to the landscape from installing green energy and ecological damage from the materials production.

If you destroy an acre of forest to install solar- you’ve lost ecosystem values of all sorts and economic values because forests can produce valuable products. We can determine the net present value of the lost income from sacrificing silvicultural work over time. It’s tougher to put a dollar sign on the lost of habitat, aesthetics, etc. But we could also calculate how much carbon sequestering that acre could accomplish over time but wont- and put a value on the oxygen that the forest produces. Not counting all these values is irresponsible for wise public policy. But unfortunately, not even the “forestry community” is willing to fight hard to push this idea- too many in government and academic leadership positions like their cushy jobs too much to challenge the prevailing new religion. Even many in the private sector of forestry play the game- since many are now selling their forest land for solar development- the profits are too great. They don’t believe in the climate emergency but they love the money.

Dave Fair
Reply to  Joseph Zorzin
May 16, 2021 9:41 am

The socialistic, outside-funded MIT can ‘afford’ to pay above-market electric power rates. The rest of the world cannot.

Gregory Woods
May 16, 2021 4:08 am

Name change: Massachusetts Institute of Tecnically Incompetent…

garboard
May 16, 2021 4:18 am

physics genius freeman Dyson whose work will be studied by MIT’s physics students , advised his graduate students Not to pursue climate science because unless you toe the line you will not get funding , a job or tenure . … follow the money . MIT wants their piece of the billions of climate change money

Tom Abbott
Reply to  garboard
May 16, 2021 6:45 am

I bet Freeman would probably have a comment or two about MIT’s plans.

David Dibbell
May 16, 2021 4:20 am

I forced myself to read this lengthy word salad, not realizing there would be a nugget of humor: “The amount of solar generation on campus will increase fivefold, from 100 to 500 kilowatts.” Thanks for that moment of hilarity, MIT. I laughed at your kilowatts.

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Jim Gorman
Reply to  David Dibbell
May 16, 2021 7:41 am

Take a 200 amp breaker box @ 120 volts. = 24,000 watts –> 24 kW. That’s basically 4 homes for 100 kW. 500 kW ,p–> 20 homes. I suspect one multistory building on campus far, far exceeds that, especially when you add in electric space and water heating.

This is all virtue signaling and money grubbing.

David Dibbell
Reply to  Jim Gorman
May 16, 2021 10:22 am

And it gets even more ridiculous when considering that the 500kW is no doubt the maximum rating of the solar panels. In the Northeast, the annual kWh will be no better than, say, 14% x 500kW x 8760 hours = 613,000 kWh. At a wholesale price on the grid of, say, $0.04 per kWh, that is worth about $24,500 per year. Probably a third of the total cost of attendance for 1 student at MIT for one year.

May 16, 2021 4:23 am

MIT is lost to the woke crowd. This is how you tackle climate change … https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b1Iu9D5RhqQ

Scissor
Reply to  John Shewchuk
May 16, 2021 5:55 am

Excellent video. It might cause a few heads to explode.

The U.S. has natural gas too that is cost competitive here and which confers several advantages, e.g. for chemical and fertilizer production, in addition to heat and electricity.

Reply to  Scissor
May 16, 2021 6:30 am

Thanks. As for exploding heads … that’s the whole idea. The intent is to knock some sense into liberal & woke heads. If CNN covered this story, their ratings would finally go up. Sometimes reality can be shocking to the uninformed. And yes, natural gas is inferred in the video as part of “fossil” fuels. I made a follow-up video explaining how premature reliance on green energy is hazardous to one’s health … https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T5r0WPmbG2s

Tom Johnson
May 16, 2021 4:23 am

MIT commits to net-zero direct carbon emissions by 2026.”

I presume his definition of “direct” means the buildings on campus. I wonder what his plans are for breathing by the students and faculty. When he includes faculty with as much knowledge as he has, I will applaud this plan.

Rusty
May 16, 2021 4:35 am

Wow, that’s an awful lot of waffle.

Bruce Cobb
May 16, 2021 4:49 am

What a load of tosh, bafflegab, and airy-fairy GreenThink. Not one shred of that long string of verbal diarrhea had anything to do with reality, logic, rational thought, or science. It is truly sad what has happened to our schools, especially those of “higher learning”.

Tom Abbott
May 16, 2021 5:32 am

From the article: “MIT has released an ambitious new plan for action to address the world’s accelerating climate crisis.”

There is no evidence for a climate crisis, and therefore, there is no evidence that it is accelerating.

Here’s MIT accepting the false premise that CO2 is the control knob of the atmosphere’s temperature without any evidence to back that assertion up. Not very scientific.

The basic assumption is wrong. Yet MIT is going to act on it.

There has to be a “stupid” virus running around in the human population. What else could explain these delusions?

Clyde Spencer
Reply to  Tom Abbott
May 16, 2021 11:25 am

You are assuming that all humans are fundamentally rational creatures. You might want to examine that assumption.

I’ve long been of the opinion that humans are only capable of rational behavior for short periods of time, in order to accomplish their irrational goals.

Frank from NoVA
May 16, 2021 5:44 am

MIT’s press release saddens me, but that’s probably the intent of those in control of the narrative. If “modernism” was still in vogue, the inconsistency of ramping up investment in “decarbonization” concurrent with research into “climate change” would be enough to bring the entire edifice crashing down. I see in this article, and many others, that the number of people caught up in the madness of this movement are legion. Considering that climate change indoctrination is now spanning multiple generations, I am less confident that a disaster can be avoided.

Danny 1959
May 16, 2021 5:47 am

“committing to help save humanity and the environment from climate change here on Earth.” I am all for researching and implementing realistic alternate energy sources. Fossil fuels are finite and we need to find realistic alternatives. But, the humanity is not in any real danger from CO2 and when a serious organization like MIT put out scary language like this, it only diminishes their efforts.

H.R.
May 16, 2021 5:53 am

If MIT is being led by the best and brightest, somebody needs to change the lightbulbs.

Clyde Spencer
Reply to  H.R.
May 16, 2021 11:28 am

Maybe it is time to take the tinsel and lights off the tree and toss it out, before the floor is covered with green needles.

Richard M
May 16, 2021 6:12 am

Almost all the US universities have fallen for the climate scam. It really is past time that these campuses are turned into research institutes and all the education is moved online. That will significantly reduce their local carbon footprint.

Frank from NoVA
Reply to  Richard M
May 16, 2021 6:35 am

Back in the day, students would come home from college for Thanksgiving and bore the hell out of their parents re. Eisenhower’s warning of the “military-industrial establishment”. Funny, they never got the message from the faculty about Ike’s similar admonition of big science.

Jean Parisot
May 16, 2021 7:21 am

How about we start with some basic honesty: Submitted papers should include a financial disclosure form from the authors and their employing/financing institutions that include speculative stock holdings? That way we could identify all of those evil scientists funded by “big oil”.

John Dueker
May 16, 2021 7:29 am

“Five year plan” makes me think they are following in the footsteps of Mao and Stalin. But I guess that’s their underlying objective.

wadesworld
May 16, 2021 8:00 am

Show us what a leader you are MIT. Install wind, solar and batteries. Disconnect completely from the grid. No natural gas, no propane, no diesel generators.

Let us know how long that lasts.

JEFFREY DEROULET
May 16, 2021 8:12 am

As an MIT alum (’79-Arch) it pains me greatly to see this, although given the massive CAGW drivel spewed recently in its formerly-great alumni mag “Technology Review”, it’s not unexpected. I pulled my annual donations a few years ago when it became clear to me that MIT had gone off the woke/green/leftist/climate change deep end. What a shame. I’m proud of being an MIT alum, getting a degree there was brutal and the support I got, as an applicant from a mediocre public high school, was amazing. I’m sad that, even at MIT, propaganda has trumped science.

ResourceGuy
May 16, 2021 9:01 am

It is the call for new, new technologies on top of the current mix of high cost and low cost, inefficient and efficient programs that guarantees more policy chaos. They can’t stop to evaluate the worthless programs with their lobbyists and politico supporters to clean up the current policy mistakes before introducing more chaos and new sets of unintended consequences and costs. All of that is a sign of disingenuous motives in the march of the Climate Crusades. Call it the Green Prussian Army assault strategy.

Paul Johnson
May 16, 2021 9:15 am

“The new plan includes a commitment to investigate the essential dynamics of global warming and its impacts, increasing efforts toward more precise predictions, and advocating for science-based climate policies and increased funding for climate research.”

They want more money for more complex models to yield more precise results, but have already presumed catastrophic global warming.

When an MIT grad’s models don’t match reality, they start by questioning reality.

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Pat Frank
May 16, 2021 9:42 am

Isn’t it great when officers of the premier hall of science in the US cannot distinguish science from pseudo-science.

MIT, brought to shame.

Clyde Spencer
May 16, 2021 10:54 am

It does my heart good to see that MIT has humbly accepted the responsibility to single-handedly save the world from energy pollution.

Walter Sobchak
May 16, 2021 11:27 am

TL;DR

TonyG
May 16, 2021 12:16 pm

net-zero direct carbon emissions”

First-order approach. A lot of wiggle room in that statement, unsurprisingly.

Doonman
May 16, 2021 12:25 pm

“Our approach is to build on what the MIT community does best”

What is that these days for MIT, fortune telling? Because that’s exactly what they are doing.

David J Bufalo
May 16, 2021 12:33 pm

This is nothing more than a plea for the US government to provide more research money.

May 17, 2021 4:08 am

Unusually, the BBC posts an article critical of over-optimism of a green energy advocate – in this case John Kerry the US climate envoy:

https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-57135506

They’re triggered by Kerry’s denial that any lifestyle changes are needed for energy transition, because the BBC love nothing better than telling all of us how to live our lives.

But there is some important scientific skepticism and recognition of the outright impossibility of many current green policies such as in regard to electric cars and zero carbon.

The penny’s starting to drop that we’re on the way to green energy (or no-energy) locked-to-the-land serfdom.

2hotel9
Reply to  Hatter Eggburn
May 17, 2021 6:40 am

I will make a poor serf, me and 250 million other Americans.

ResourceGuy
May 17, 2021 7:34 am

Oh and we have new building needs on a list for you.

Andy Pattullo
May 18, 2021 2:20 pm

MIT might want to think about becoming an arts school.

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