Universities take money from frackers, then write glowing reports favorable to . . . . fracking. Then deny that they have been bought off, and bring in some more frackademics to say they didn’t sell out. And tell critics within the university to shut the frack up.
Buck connects the dots . . .
by Buck Quigley - posted 5:05 pm, August 16, 2012
Our shadowy informants point us toward “Fracking and Academic Freedom,” published in Boulder Weekly today.
In the story, a university researcher explains how the oil and natural gas industry pressured his employers at the Colorado School of Mines and the University of Wyoming—both public schools—in order to discourage research unflattering to the industry.
How heavy-handed. Something like this would never happen at SUNY Buffalo’s Shale Resources and Society Institute (SRSI), because here they produce research that has already been released by the Manhattan Institute and approved by the industry. And they have the sense to only let tried-and-true industry shills do the research. I mean, what’s the point of having an institute devoted to extracting resources unless that institute is busy producing literature that will aid the extraction process?