Saturday, October 16, 2010

Big Oil Goes to College-Study Shows Big Oil Money Can Influence Research.

An Analysis of 10 Research Collaboration Contracts Between Leading Energy Companies and Major U.S. Universities
It addresses the slick BP-Cal deal.
You can read the full report here.

Study Shows Big Oil Money Can Influence Research
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) ― A Washington think tank says three California research universities that accept big oil money, including the University of California, Berkeley, have failed to shield themselves from corporate influence.

The Center for American Progress study says UC Berkeley, UC Davis, Stanford and seven other universities accept money from petroleum companies, leading to a cozy relationship that gives big oil too much control over decisions on what research to fund.

The California universities in the "Big Oil Goes to College" report dispute the study conclusions.

The San Francisco Chronicle says the report found no evidence of compromised research in its study of 10 contracts between universities and corporate sponsors.

But study author Jennifer Washburn says the contracts tend to give more control to companies that foot the bill than to researchers.

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Information from: San Francisco Chronicle, http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/10/15/BAHR1FSR2B.DTL

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