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Mon Nov 19, 2012, 07:37 PM

University gives ‘frackademics’ the boot


from Grist:



University gives ‘frackademics’ the boot
By Susie Cagle


SUNY Buffalo has shuttered its Shale Resources and Society Institute, aka a pro-fracking, on-campus think tank with big energy connections and a record of shilling for junk science.



The closure comes as a direct result of the center’s misleading and error-filled May 15 report touting a warmer, fuzzier, safer fracking industry.

University of Buffalo President Satish Tripathi announced the closure.

Given our geographic situation as well as our extensive faculty expertise in issues related to energy, water, and the environment, the University at Buffalo is positioned to play a leading research role in these areas. Understanding and addressing these issues effectively therefore requires a program of sufficient scale to encompass the scope and complexities of this topic … The university upholds academic freedom as a core principle of our institutional mission. With that being said, academic freedom carries with it inherent responsibilities. The Shale Resources and Society Institute’s May 15, 2012, report, “Environmental Impacts during Marcellus Shale Gas Drilling: Causes, Impacts, and Remedies,” led to allegations questioning whether historical financial interests influenced the authors’ conclusions. The fundamental source of controversy revolves around clarity and substantiation of conclusions … Because of these collective concerns, I have decided to close the Shale Resources and Society Institute.


New Yorkers Against Fracking celebrated Tripathi’s decision.

We’re excited that the University of Buffalo — through the oversight of the SUNY Board of Trustees — has decided that the Shale Institute should be shut down. This is a victory for real science over junk science peddled by the gas industry.


OK, that’s enough celebrating. Drink some of that cool, clean water and get back to those game-changing grassroots community initiatives, folks.


http://grist.org/news/university-gives-frackademics-the-boot/



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marmar Nov 2012 OP
Dark n Stormy Knight Nov 2012 #1
Gabi Hayes Nov 2012 #2
Care Acutely Nov 2012 #3
Agony Nov 2012 #4
femrap Nov 2012 #5
Blanks Nov 2012 #6
Canuckistanian Nov 2012 #8
ReasonableToo Nov 2012 #7

Response to marmar (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 07:42 PM

1. I call them Frack Whores.

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Response to marmar (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 07:55 PM

2. sounds like that U pres doesn't know whence his bread butter comes. good for him, though!

I wonder how long before the long knives come after him for biting the hand that feeds corpo-university ''research''

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Response to marmar (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 07:58 PM

3. good news

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Response to marmar (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 08:17 PM

4. Sweeet!

speaking truth to power wins one

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Response to marmar (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 10:26 PM

5. Now if we

 

could get some intelligent people here in Ohio to stand up.

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Response to marmar (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 10:36 PM

6. Fracking is going to kill us all.

I'm mystified that anyone would think its a good idea.

There are much better sources of energy right on the earths surface.

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Response to Blanks (Reply #6)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 10:45 PM

8. I agree

But I heard a report last week that said the US would become the world's major supplier of fossil fuel products in 2020 - mainly because of planned future Shale gas operations.

This is a juggernaut that cannot be stopped without MAJOR pushback.

And I don't see much happening right now. At least not enough to start a major national dialog.

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Response to marmar (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 10:37 PM

7. yea! n/t

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