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Oil Illiteracy. University of Calgary paid to deny climate change.

When a university takes money from an oil company to build skepticism for climate change, you not only have a dishonest higher educational body but also one that goes against everything that is sacred about the pursuit of knowledge. It becomes one big Con of a PR firm, you know like the Fraser Institute. Plus, it stinks to high heaven.

A major Alberta-based oil and gas company helped to kickstart an elaborate public relations project designed to cast doubt on scientific evidence linking human activity to global warming with a $175,000 donation in 2004 channelled through the University of Calgary, a newly-released letter has revealed.

The donation from Talisman Energy was the largest single contribution to a pair of trust accounts at the university that received $507,975 in donations to produce a video and engage in public relations, advertising and lobbying activities against the Kyoto Protocol and government measures to restrict fossil fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.

“Talisman is pleased to be a part of this exciting project and wish you success in the production of the video,” said the letter, dated Nov. 4, 2004, to university account administrator Chantal-Lee Watt, that accompanied a $175,000 cheque.

The document was released to Postmedia News by the university along with hundreds of pages of details about the project under orders from the office of Alberta’s information and privacy commissioner, Franklin J. Work.

Conservatives and big polluting businesses are not content just to own our media but now they dirty the waters of our educational institutions, too? No wonder so many students these days don’t know what the fuck they’re talking about. Or, who they hurt.

‘Liberal universities’, my ass.

Or, as this Tweeter put it:

7 comments to Oil Illiteracy. University of Calgary paid to deny climate change.

  • Oemissions

    add: muzzled wild salmon researcher whose funding was cut after she detects virus
    read blog by Alexandre Morton on the Cohen Commission

  • Holly Stick

    Add to that, that Rex Murphy is coming to Calgary to talk about “Climate Change 101″ a commonly used phrase, but in this case it probably refers to a denier website by that name.

    See this comment and several following comments for more information:

    http://deepclimate.org/2011/05/20/open-thread-10/#comment-9626

  • Linda

    Bribing universities? That goes along with, the rest of Canada’s image.

    The U.K. Guardian news said. Canada has been giving Europe false statements, trying to pass the dirty tar sands oil, as clean energy. Because of Harper, Canada is now a cesspool of corruption. Our country’s good name is shattered.

    Other country’s have reported, how badly democracy in Canada has been eroded. Canada is in a dictatorship regime.

    Gordon Campbell has the most foul political record, in this nations history. Harper sends Campbell to the U.K. as High Commissioner. Campbell’s priority is, to con Europe into accepting the dirty tar sands oil. Campbell is actually good as a con. He completely lacks, ethics and morals.

  • klem

    “When a university takes money from an oil company to build skepticism for climate change, you not only have a dishonest higher educational body but also one that goes against everything that is sacred about the pursuit of knowledge.”

    So if a university takes money from a wind turbine company to build alarmism for climate change, the higher educational body is just as dishonest and goes against everything that is sacred about the pursuit of knowledge. Correct?

    Or is green money pure, and oil money is evil?

    Jymn Reply:

    Is that a hypothetical? What university took money from a wind turbine co to build alarmism? Or, are you just being silly?

    klem Reply:

    That is a hypothetical. You suggest that when a university takes money from an oil company to build climate skepticism it is bad. My question to you is, if a university takes money fom a green company to build climate alarmism, is it good?

    Jymn Reply:

    No, absolutely not. And I would say so. This isn’t a oil vs green issue. It’s about influence peddling. Universities should be held to the highest standards.