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Friday, February 29, 2008

Move Over Big Oil, Here Comes Big Bio-Fuel

Two researchers at the University of Minnesota had a $1.5m grant yanked because they published a study with results the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association and Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council didn't like.
A few weeks ago, you may have heard about that interesting study that showed that using cropland to produce biofuels was actually more damaging to the atmosphere than using fossil fuels — among the reasons was that tying up productive cropland to produce alcohol meant other land had to be deforested/plowed/burned to produce food. It turns out that a couple of University of Minnesota faculty were involved in that study. Their reward? Agriculture groups that had funded them to the tune of about $1.5 million suspended their grants.
Surely such a thing has never happened to climate scientists heretics that disagreed with Archbishop Gore. And before somebody says something, no I would never trust a Global Warming™ study funded by The National Coal Burnin' Association or The Foundation for More Petrol Consumption.

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