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In order to support the continued use of oil and gas, fossil fuel companies have funded research centers that focus on energy, the environment, and climate change at universities across the United States for years. This has damaged academic integrity and delayed climate action. In addition to divesting, universities must stop accepting fossil fuel funding for research. 

impact of fossil fuel funding on research

12/13/2022 Nature Universities: cut research links with fossil-fuel companies 

11/ 2022 Nature Climate Change  "Favourability towards natural gas relates to funding source of university energy centres"

"fossil-funded centres are more favourable in their reports towards natural gas than towards renewable energy, and tweets are more favourable when they mention funders by name. Centres less dependent on fossil funding show a reversed pattern with more neutral sentiment towards gas, and favour solar and hydro power."

10/2022 Nature Academia–industry ties under scrutiny

9/2022 British Medical Journal (BMJ)  Stealing from the tobacco playbook, fossil fuel companies pour money into elite American universities

In 1998, the American Petroleum Institute, the largest US trade association for the oil and gas industry, laid out a plan to defeat government action on climate change through a multimillion dollar programme, to be enacted over several years. Part of this plan was to create a centre with a board of climate scientists that would have the mission of advancing scientific uncertainty. ... When this proposed policy leaked to the media, the American Petroleum Institute denied implementing it. But two years later, in 2000, British Petroleum and Ford motor company donated a combined $20m to Princeton to launch the first major programme at an American university to tackle climate change. In 2020, Princeton extended its partnership with ExxonMobil to advance new forms of research on carbon capture technology...

8/2022 New York Times Every Dollar Spent on This Climate Technology Is a Waste

"In an effort to capture and store carbon dioxide from fossil-fuel-burning power plants, the Department of Energy has allocated billions of dollars for failed C.C.S. demonstration projects. The bankruptcy of many of these hugely subsidized undertakings makes plain the failure of C.C.S. to reduce emissions economically."

10/12/2017 Union of Concerned Scientists The Fossil Fuel Industry Hid the Truth about Its Funding of Fracking Research

2/21/2015 NYT Deeper Ties to Corporate Cash for Doubtful Climate Researcher

12/12/2012 NPR Conflicts, Errors Revealed In Positive Fracking Study



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