This article (brought to my attention by Kevin) has to be one of, if not, the most unsurprising items I have read in some time. The headline, “Report: Oil firm funded discrediting of science” is really almost just too sensational. We’re inching our way closer to the Wal-Mart is the death of society plot to almost nauseating level.
But I’m only making the Wal-Mart comparison to show you how sensationalist the headline is. As I said, it should be no surprise that oil companies fund researchers or research groups who favor their views. Remember that tobacco companies actually ended up creating their own research group at one point.
Remember also that there’s money on both sides of the aisle. I can only imagine that corn production has been having a good time with the production of more ethanol in the past few years. Even movies like The Distinguished Gentleman have pointed out that lobbyists contribute from both sides of any issue.
So, for there to be research monetarily supported by oil companies that supports their side of the argument, I am not surprised, and neither should you be.