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New report documents problems at Big Oil U

Thursday, October 14, 2010

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New report documents problems at Big Oil U

Big Oil has flooded campuses with millions of dollars to pay for clean energy research at American universities, undermining tradition academic values and potentially furthering a narrow commercial research agenda, according to a report released Thursday by the Center for American Progress. Jennifer Washburn shows how Big Oil has underwritten research at top-tier universities with few protections for scientific objectivity or scholarly independence.

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Biofuels’ bad rap needs do-over

Monday, April 20, 2009

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Biofuels’ bad rap needs do-over

04-20-09 by dugan The biofuel industry was robbed by the California Air Resources Board, says a letter today from scientists at the Sandia National Laboratories. The biofuels industry has been crying foul since the California Air Resources Board put out a study ranking current biofuels as equal to or maybe worse than petroleum in their [...]

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Show us your algae!

Friday, August 22, 2008

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Show us your algae!

8-22-08 by dugan     I was reading up today on research about turning pond scum into biodiesel. One promising thread is that algae can be fed the carbon dioxide emitted by power plants, multiplying their oil production on a waste greenhouse gas. Algae may also thrive on ground garbage. It’s a concept that needs [...]

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Green Half-Truths

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

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Green Half-Truths

4-02-08 by dugan     I didn’t get time yesterday to post on a House select committee’s grilling of executives from the major oil companies, but as the chairman, Rep. Ed Markey  of Massachusetts, pointedly said, "there will be many more." (If you’ve got a question you’d like to have posed to Big Oil, please [...]

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BP’s Profits Exception

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

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BP’s Profits Exception

NEWS RELEASE February 5, 2008 CONTACT: Judy Dugan, cell: 213-280-0175; Jamie Court, 310-392-0522, ext. 327 or cell : 310-874-9989; or Tim Hamilton, 360-495-4941 BP, ‘Bumbling Petroleum,’ Is Exception to Profit Boom; Group Warns Against Cutting Safety As It Sheds Jobs Yearly 2008 Profit Total for Big Five Oil Companies Still Hits $114 Billion, Picking Consumer [...]

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Chevron & Exxon’s Record Profits

Friday, February 1, 2008

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Chevron & Exxon’s Record Profits

NEWS RELEASE February 1, 2008 CONTACT: Judy Dugan, (310) 392-0522, ext. 305, cell: 213 280-0175; or Jamie Court, ext. 327, cell: 310 874-9989; or Tim Hamilton, (360) 495-4941 Chevron, Exxon Record Profits Reaped At Cost To Sliding Economy, Strapped Consumers; Group Calls for Market Oversight FTCR Also Releases "Oil Profit Monster"; Free Public Database Of [...]

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Shell Posts Record Annual Profit

Thursday, January 31, 2008

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Shell Posts Record Annual Profit

NEWS RELEASE January 31, 2008 CONTACT: Judy Dugan, 310-392-0522, ext. 305, cell: 213-280-0175; or Jamie Court, ext. 327, cell: 310 874-9989 Shell’s Record Profit Is a Thumb In the Eye of Recession-Wracked Nation, Says Group; Yearly Profits of Industry Will Nearly Equal Treasury Cost of Federal Economic Stimulus Package Santa Monica, CA — The record [...]

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Another Big Oil U Warning Issued

Monday, January 21, 2008

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Another Big Oil U Warning Issued

1-21-08 by simpson   The prestigious Center for Science in the Public Interest has joined us in warning of the dangers Big Oil money poses to university research. In a report issued today CSPI says American universities may be jeopardizing their academic integrity by giving oil, gas, and other polluting industries unprecedented influence over the [...]

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No Oil Money At Smithsonian

Monday, November 19, 2007

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No Oil Money At Smithsonian

11-19-2007 by simpson The American Petroleum Institute (API), Big Oil’s favorite mouthpiece, has pulled its $5 million offer to sponsor a centerpiece exhibit at the Smithsonian Institution about the oceans as a global treasure . The move came after two Regents had questioned the proposal. Now oil companies won’t be able to spend their ill-gotten [...]

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BP Deal Sells Out UC-Berkeley

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

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BP Deal Sells Out UC-Berkeley

NEWS RELEASE November 14, 2007 CONTACT: John M. Simpson, 310-392-0522, x317; or cell: 310-292-1902 UC Deal With Oil Giant Sells Out University’s Values; Insults Regents and Public, Consumer Advocates Say; New Details Emerge Granting BP More Power Over University Research Santa Monica, CA — The $500 million deal with BP signed today by University of [...]

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Big Oil U Adds A Campus

Thursday, November 8, 2007

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Big Oil U Adds A Campus

11-8-07 by simpson Oil giant BP and UC Berkeley have yet to sign the contract for the $500 million deal that would create the Energy Biosciences Institute (EBI) at UC Berkeley, but there was an announcement this week of another BP-funded project at Arizona State University in Tempe. It’s only a $6.6 million deal with [...]

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The Smithsonian Example

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

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The Smithsonian Example

11-06-07 by court and simpson The Smithsonian Institution has rebuffed — for now at least –a $5 million donation from Big Oil’s favorite mouthpiece, the American Petroleum Association (API). The API money was to go toward the Smithsonian’s showcase Ocean Initiative. That’s right, Big Oil money sponsoring a centerpiece exhibit about the oceans as a [...]

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Dynes ‘Reviewing’ UC-BP Deal

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

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Dynes ‘Reviewing’ UC-BP Deal

11-06-07 by simpson   The contract that would create a $500 million research deal between UC Berkeley and oil giant BP is “under review” in the office of University of California President Robert Dynes.  Not clear is whether it will be vetted by the UC Regents as we and two other groups have demanded. Last [...]

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