Greasing the academic wheel

Petrochemical companies hold too much sway over research at some US universities, according to a science watchdog group. The Center for Science in the Public Interest released a linkurl:report;http://cspinet.org/new/pdf/bigoilu.pdf yesterday (Jan 21) that surveyed a handful of major universities and found that several grant large oil corporations access to the research and publication processes in exchange for funding biofuel or other global warming-themed research program. Among these universit

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Jan 21, 2008
Petrochemical companies hold too much sway over research at some US universities, according to a science watchdog group. The Center for Science in the Public Interest released a linkurl:report;http://cspinet.org/new/pdf/bigoilu.pdf yesterday (Jan 21) that surveyed a handful of major universities and found that several grant large oil corporations access to the research and publication processes in exchange for funding biofuel or other global warming-themed research program. Among these universities were: __The University of California at Berkeley, the University of Illinois, both of which received millions of dollars from linkurl:British Petroleum.;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/53835/ Stanford University, which received $225 million from the Global Climate and Energy Project, funded by ExxonMobil, Toyota, General Electric, and oil services company Schlumberger. Georgia Institute of Technology, which got a $12 million grant from Chevron Corp. The University of California at Davis, which got a $25 million grant from Chevron.__ According to the report, questionable accesses granted to oil corporations...

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