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Wed, 2013-09-18 05:00Steve Horn
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Big Oil PR Pros, Lobbyists Dominate EDF Fracking Climate Study Steering Committee

Alongside releasing its controversial findings on fugitive methane emissions caused by hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) on September 16, University of Texas-Austin also unveiled an industry-stacked Steering Committee roster for the study it conducted in concert with Environmental Defense Fund (EDF).

Stacked with former and current oil industry lobbyists, policy professionals and business executives, the Steering Committee is proof positive of the conflicts of interest evident in the roster of people and funding behind the “frackademia” study.

Only two out of the 11 members of the Steering Committee besides lead author and UT-Austin Professor David Allen have a science background relevant to onshore fracking. 

That study found fugitive methane emissions at the well pad to be 2%-4% lower than discovered by the non-industry funded groundbreaking April 2011 Cornell University study co-authored by Anthony Ingraffea and Robert Howarth.

The Cornell study concluded fracking is worse for the climate than coal combustion when measured over its entire lifecycle. 

Webster's Dictionary defines a Steering Committee as “a committee, especially of a deliberative or legislative body, that prepares the agenda of a session.”

In the case of the EDF study - based on the oddly rosy findings - it seems plausible the industry-stacked Committee drove the report in a direction beneficial to oil industry profits rather than science.  

Tue, 2007-09-25 09:12Ross Gelbspan
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Bush Administration Comes Unraveled Around the Climate Issue

Even as President Bush tries to sabotage California's proposed auto mileage standards, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said the world needs a revolution in energy that transcends oil, gas and coal to prevent problems from climate change.

The Administration's position on climate change has become increasingly muddled – with the President telling large Asian emitters they will need only to cut their “energy intensity” 25 percent by 2050, even as John Marburger, the President's Science Adviser declared that climate change is “man made.” He made that statement around the same time a federal judge rebuked the Bush Administration for refusing to release the National Assessment on the impacts of climate change in the US.

 

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