From a reader:
1. INTRODUCTION: In the old days, oil & gas and other polluting operators bought-off politicians through political donations. As the politicians became more and more greedy, they have decided that there are more effective ways to accomplish their goals.
2. CURRENT ACTIVITY: Now colleges and universities are major players in the polluting game. Polluters make donations to these educational institutions and the employees and professors march in lock step to meet the end objective by beating the drums to show that “nothing is going on”. Further, considerable “credibility” is given to the polluter’s position and it certainly is cheaper than buying off the politicians. Now, the politicians listen in awe and wonderment and pass the chosen laws to aid the polluters. It’s a nice system–for them.
3. WHAT ABOUT THE FUTURE: As time goes along, our younger students should somehow be made aware of this evolving situation where teachers and professors are becoming more like politicians—simply preaching the “company line”. I am concerned that students might eventually become less trustful of their educators.
Thank you to Lionel for this important reminder that Big Oil has infiltrated every corner of our universe in an attempt to continue their agenda of profiting at the expense of VITAL natural resources.
Chesapeake Energy accused of giving CEO ‘personal’ bailout
Chesapeake directors who are up for election at the firm’s annual meeting in June – Richard K. Davidson, former chairman of Union Pacific, V. Burns Hargis, the president of Oklahoma State University which receives donations from Chesapeake, and Charles T. Maxwell, a senior energy analyst with Weeden & Co. a Ct-based brokerage firm
Chesapeake Energy announced a $500,000 gift to Oklahoma State University to assist with scholarships in the Boone Pickens School of Geology and the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology.
Houston-based Marathon Oil Corp. pledged a donation of $600,000 to spread over three years, a move that brings its total donations to the university since 1989 to $1 million.
Devon Energy Corporation presented the first of two checks for $13,000 to the College of Agriculture at Montana State University on Friday.
Devon and OCU christened the future site of the boathouse with champagne Tuesday, marking a $5 million donation by Devon to complete the funding for the $10 million boathouse.
I could do this all day long but I think you get the point.