Climate activists have set their crosshairs on Edinburgh University.

The Guardian reports:

Climate activists attack Edinburgh University’s stance on fossil fuels

A group of academics and climate activists from around the world has condemned the University of Edinburgh’s refusal to divest from fossil fuel companies, saying that its arguments for not doing so are cynical and wrong.

More than three-dozen people representing both international groups and those from places including the UK, Australia and Guyanahave signed a letter attacking the university’s stance and which was written in response to a comment piece by Prof Charlie Jeffery, Edinburgh’s senior vice principal.

In the article, published in connection with the Guardian’s Keep it in the Ground campaign, Jeffery argued that those calling for the university to remove investment money from fossil fuel companies risked harming less developed nations, and said technologies such as carbon capture could make using some fossil fuels less damaging.

Instead, Jeffery wrote, Edinburgh would not even withdraw from firms involved in projects such as coal and tar sands, as long as the companies were investing in emission-limiting technologies and there were no other energy sources available.