Tuesday, December 16, 2014

What's It Really About?

SF Chron Top Democrats Plan Divest In Coal To Stop Global Warming
From the roster of notables who showed up Monday, it was clear that Steyer’s clout in California is undiminished. Besides de León, those in attendance included Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, University of California President Janet Napolitano, and Mary Nichols, head of the California Air Resources Board.

Fighting Darth Vaders
For his part, the 57-year-old Steyer depicted environmentalists as the good guys in a “Star Wars”-like battle for the planet’s health — with oil companies cast as a collection of Darth Vaders who are fully capable of raising gas prices “in order to punish us.”
“I like to think about it as 'Star Wars’ redux,” Steyer said of the climate change battle. “We’ve had this fight before. We will win it again. The Jedi will always return.”

UCLA Fac Blog also notes it as a possible indication of more...

At Cal-- It happens in September - public informed in December?!
And it gets so confusing--who is the client?
Still wondering, as each new dribble comes out on it, did UC students get thrown under the bus for it?:
Regents of the University of California to Pay 500k to Resolve Allegations of False Statements in Obtaining Grant Funding
The Regents of the University of California agreed to pay the United States $499,700 to resolve civil allegations under the False Claims Act that the University of California at Davis submitted false and misleading statements in connection with obtaining grants from the Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Science Foundation (NSF), United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced Dec. 11.

"U.C. Davis has also agreed to take steps to prevent these events from reoccurring by supplementing its current research training program for undergraduate, graduate, and post-doctorate students with an hour-long module covering time and effort reporting, reasonableness of costs and other aspects of federal grants for a three-year period beginning in January."

- but the students (grad, post doc, visiting etc.) aren't the ones who sign off on UC grant submissions, right?
Is it meant to stay confusing?

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