A case in point. Last September, the Pittsburgh-based industry group, the Marcellus Shale Coalition, cancelled its funding of a Pennsylvania State University research project after two faculty members bowed out, citing bias in the study. An earlier Penn State report, also paid for by the natural gas industry, was used by Pennsylvania legislators in 2009 to kill a state tax on gas drillers. Sadly for the Keystone State, fracking created fewer than half the jobs that the industry-bankrolled study had predicted it would.
The problem with this instance is that no one is reporting on the dismal failure of the "findings" that their "research" came up with. We hear about how wonderful something is, we make laws based on those findings, and when it is all a farce, no one gets to hear about it. So....we keep trusting these university-based research projects.