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Eugenian
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2013 4:46:27 AM

In addition to endowing science halls, Chevron and other energy companies have been sponsoring research on fracking at some of the nation's leading universities, including several in Pennsylvania, a hotbed of natural gas drilling. But the question is increasingly being asked: can these industry-funded studies be trusted? ...

Last September, the Pittsburgh-based industry group, the Marcellus Shale Coalition, cancelled its funding of a Pennsylvania State University research project after two faculty members bowed out, citing bias in the study. An earlier Penn State report, also paid for by the natural gas industry, was used by Pennsylvania legislators in 2009 to kill a state tax on gas drillers. Sadly for the Keystone State, fracking created fewer than half the jobs that the industry-bankr
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LetemEatCake
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 10:30:02 PM


LOL, you just made my case!
drpepperTX
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 12:07:15 AM

I apologize! Didn't mean to send you running to the dictionary for a very common word! But it's sure good to see I'm keeping you interested in the truth! Because the truth shall set you free!

LetemEatCake
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Message Posted: Jan 11, 2013 11:45:14 PM


LMAO! I am absolutely impressed with your use of the word
anthropogenic. It might be to your benefit to define it for those few who think they agree with you, as it is a long and ponderous polysyllabic.

The 'Liberal Hypocrisy' you refer to actually is typically that WE are in some way faking and not acting upon what WE believe. Let me assure you that is not the case. You wish!

Your standard cliche's have become overused statements. As a result, they reduce the readers’ interest, make your text seem redundant, and cause the writer to appear amateurish Think outside the box for once!

jrs4125
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Message Posted: Jan 11, 2013 7:22:08 AM

No they cannot.
PDQBlues
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2013 4:48:51 PM


Not only did these corporation fund much of the research (most likely with provisions that publication would have to be first authorized by the industry which would only publish results that look beneficial to their industry), but these corporations also buy the politicians that create the laws.
crep1291
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2013 4:20:25 PM

Industry-funded studies should clearly be identified as such.
pulpwood
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2013 1:31:33 PM

t.boone said it was ok.
knutzAL
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2013 12:30:41 PM

some can and some can not.
eschroth442
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2013 11:58:31 AM

guess the article doent' have to have facts to make it claims.
teenitup
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2013 11:03:35 AM

True VomVom, but those against fracking don't seem to care.
VomVom
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2013 10:53:34 AM

Typical liberal left wingnut article. Oh, I forgot, it is the Guardian!!

Scientists have their own believes and biases. That's why there are 2 sides to every story. But all academic studies and publications are subject to peer review. One can argue about the validity of the data and conclusions regardless of who pay for the study.
investmentdr
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2013 10:32:26 AM

really?
Buckeyee
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2013 10:10:21 AM

I am so glad that the title isn't as bias as the article.
drpepperTX
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2013 10:10:07 AM

LOL, I wonder when the Gaurdian will say the same about the GOVERNMENT funding of anthropogenic global warming studies???

Don't hold your breath, liberal hypocrisy knows no bounds.
txequitygas
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2013 10:01:53 AM

fracking help us get U S oil and gas out of the deep earth.

[Edited by: txequitygas at 1/10/2013 10:02:13 AM EST]
humblepie
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2013 9:47:46 AM

fracking has been used for 50 years now, only the
eco-nonsense movement has a problem with
this proven safe method
oilfreak
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2013 9:09:17 AM

Looks like another conspiracy theory.
Amplion
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2013 9:08:12 AM

BAN FRACKING !!!!!!

SHUT DOWN THE EPA !!!!!!
badbonita
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2013 9:04:01 AM

Not a surprise. And do you really don't think that environmental groups haven't paid for their own studies?
GingoutMD
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2013 8:47:18 AM

Not shocking in the least. Academic studies have to be paid for by someone and the school usually looks to industry to sponsor the research. Been happening for decades.
el_fr
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2013 8:43:00 AM

Conspiracy
JCI46009IN
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2013 8:42:33 AM

NO FRACKING WAY !!!!!!!!!
merlinCO
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2013 8:41:19 AM

They buy politicians so they can buy studies.
dodsworth
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2013 8:33:28 AM

Follow the money.
AVKZ
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2013 8:12:51 AM

Many studies could be considered biased if you just looked at who paid for the research. It is usually some big industry.
lcleveland
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2013 8:07:29 AM

and we paid for this
OTISFL
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2013 8:04:50 AM

How much of our $$$ were spent on this garbarge?!
gcalleja
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2013 7:47:28 AM

Interesting
coughlin
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2013 7:45:15 AM

Frackademia!
BigRedVTX
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2013 7:41:37 AM

One would think that the integrity of a scientific study would be more inclined to be toward the actual facts, rather than the pay scale being offered.
Unfortunately, the scientific community is much like any other profession and can be (at times) bought and sold as a commodity on the open market.
While ethics should play a large part in the outcome, does it?
Joeski1
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2013 7:39:05 AM

no surprise here......

the ADA wants to sell toothpaste , fluoride and dental products....

the frackers want to pollute youir water and sell their crud methane....

each buys studies to prove their point....

don't invest in something that makes your broker money.. invest in something that makes YOU money.

[Edited by: Joeski1 at 1/10/2013 7:39:40 AM EST]
ktyson13
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2013 7:26:28 AM

drill baby drill!
jrschl
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2013 7:25:33 AM

Those with the deep pockets can get what they want.
moneyfornothing
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2013 7:22:55 AM

"Vidic believes that fracking is safe and says that there are only two scientifically documented incidents where underground water was contaminated." Sure, let's just all ignore the routine daily conversion of billions of gallons of fresh drinking water used for fracking into undrinkable water. Energy independence would be great but we still need water to drink.
doeslayersr
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2013 7:05:59 AM

Consider the source.
Radar1992
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2013 6:31:05 AM

Like Big Climate Change did not falsify data on Global Warming...
listerone
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2013 6:26:41 AM

European Communist rag...what credibility do they have? None...in the *real* world.
mandoid
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2013 6:19:16 AM

Discount the story - lefty British fish wrap
pscamp
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2013 6:16:49 AM

OK
EvergreenON
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2013 6:09:29 AM

Stupid money makers
carolfitz4438
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2013 6:00:35 AM

Scary
yardslave
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2013 5:57:22 AM

Stop it now
grandpadon28110
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2013 5:56:35 AM

drill drill and frack.

[Edited by: grandpadon28110 at 1/10/2013 5:56:57 AM EST]
sabre75
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2013 5:56:29 AM

Over reaction to fracking, I think.
APlus
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2013 5:51:12 AM

Let us keep getting US oil, gas and coal.
Luckylindy
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2013 5:26:28 AM

Now we have big gas?
Gas_Eyes
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2013 5:09:25 AM

Fracking has helped eased the economic problem this past year.
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