Three Modest Proposals, Instead of Divesting...
The modest proposal comes after a bit of serious economics, because, well, you have to eat your vegetables before you get any dessert.
Also: Global warming is real and anthropocentric; we're going to need to stop it; we're going to need to stop using fossil fuels. If you don't believe these things, then I'm not going to try to convince you here. If you do believe these things, and also think that I'm wrong here, I'd be really, really, glad to hear it.
All of that said, the majority of this post is either intended as satire or double-satire; the only thing that I'll admit to honestly believing is that no one, not even Divest, is above a little tongue-in-cheek mockery.
Also, despite my use of the narrative first person, I am in no way involved with the Divest movement, at Harvard or elsewhere, except that sometimes I give them unsolicited financial advice.
Recently, Milo King, on Gains From Trade, asks: What is the economic impact of divestment? A few