Donations to a research fund at the University of Calgary totaling over $500,000 were reportedly used by academics to cover expenses related to communications consultants, advertisements, and other activities intended to cast a doubt on human contributions to climate change. Funneling the money through the university allowed it to be deducted from donors' taxes, according to The Calgary Herald.
"This was never about science," Greenpeace Canada climate and energy campaigner Keith Stewart told Postmedia News. "It was about implementing a political strategy." He added, "I am surprised that a university would channel donor dollars to support this kind of anti-science agenda."
In 2007, the university shut down the account after an audit determined that funds were being used in a political manner. A freedom of information act request, logged by Postmedia News in 2008, recently brought the accounting documents to light.
(Hat tip to The Chronicle of Higher Education.)