Forsee's climate change opposition draws attention

Wednesday, December 2, 2009 | 10:03 a.m. CST; updated 10:54 a.m. CST, Thursday, December 3, 2009

COLUMBIA — University of Missouri System President Gary Forsee's business interests are drawing attention after he recently expressed opposition to federal climate change legislation.

Forsee recently urged Missouri's congressional delegation to oppose the cap-and-trade legislation.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reported the former Sprint Nextel CEO has financial interests in companies that oppose climate change legislation. He also has ties to businesses that could benefit from the proposed caps on greenhouse gas emissions.

Some students and faculty on the Columbia campus said that contradicts a letter he signed supporting reduced greenhouse gas emissions as part of the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment.

Forsee is a board member of Great Plains Energy and Ingersoll Rand and has extensive investments in other companies.

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