Report: Nuclear companies infiltrated universities

Published: November 3rd, 2011 at 11:30 am ET


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Paper: Frankfurter Rundschau

Date: November 2, 2011

Headline: The nuclear lobby infiltrated universities

Report (emphasis added):

German nuclear companies finance about 30 professors – and thus largely determine, what is being discussed at universities. [...]

D ie finance four largest German energy companies for information on this newspaper at universities nationwide about 30 endowed professorships. The universities are funded in part known for studies on the debate about nuclear energy, the nuclear phase and the cost of renewable energy. [...]

[T]he energy group EnBW holds eleven endowed professorships at German universities. [...]

[I]n the past year, as the EMI [a university?] was given together with other institutions of the federal government commissioned to examine the future of Germany’s energy supply – a report of vital importance. [...]

“The EMI looks like a stealth subcontractors of [nuclear companies] Eon and RWE,” says the vice group leader of the Greens in the Bundestag, Baerbel Hoehn. [...]

“With the funding of more than 30 endowed professorships tried the utilities to influence public debate. [...]”

You have to do it
so well reinforced with covert PR activities and spin, because the nuclear companies would hardly be perceived as credible, said Hohn.

At least the University of Clausthal-Zellerfeld has no problem to be assisted by the Society for Nuclear Service. The business segment of society: Disposal of radioactive waste. The theme of the Chair: disposal.

h/t Sabine

Published: November 3rd, 2011 at 11:30 am ET


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20 comments to Report: Nuclear companies infiltrated universities

  • thelili

    Of course they did. They need to check what people are thinking about in order to spin the lies.

    It isn’t working. Not in the universities and not on Enenews.

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  • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

    I think industry sponsorship for universities is common today – quite sad, actually.
    There goes independent research (out the window).

    Our governments prefer to invest in Hedgefonds, military, who-knows-what instead in education. Serves their purposes, I guess.

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    • Erin

      “Sponsorship” is common, but I’d like to believe that some of it is philanthropic, rather than manipulative.

      Part of my skepticism comes from the history of cannabis. Please forgive me if I’m not remembering all of the details correctly, but the gist of it I recall is that cannabis was a common medicine in every doctor’s pharmacoepia for a long time. However, it was also seen as competition by some who effectively had it removed from medical school texts and discussions. Within a few generations, it was as if marijuana had always been the “devil’s weed,” “smoked by dirty mexicans who want to steal our white women,” and according to the man placed in charge of drugs in America for decades, smoking cannabis would turn you into a bat!

      Sooooo … if the truth about therapeutic cannabis could be so well hidden for so long … if it could be perverted into some twisted political tool … if reasonable, rational human beings could even be convinced marijuana can turn you into a bat, fer cripes sake …

      I think we should watch this infiltration of universities by the nuclear industry very carefully, to say the least!

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      • Erin

        Check this out!

        “Lotus Cars U.K. have gone for a different type of ‘green’ by announcing an ‘Eco Elise’ made largely out of hemp.

        Yes Hemp! That “weed” that America so deeply and viserally fears.
        The theory behind this radical new approach is that Lotus feels too much “green” car technology is simply concentrating on CO2 emissions at the tailpipe, where the manufacturing processes and materials in many cars are just as environmentally damaging.

        To that end, the company is presenting a more holistic environmental focus giving the unintentional yet well deserved one-finger-up salute to the U.S. Federal Government and their half a century old fake war on drugs.”

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  • Why UC Berkeley Nuclear Engineering will debunk all information or data that might shed a dim light on anything nuclear.

    Whether it’s bananas or riding on an airplane comparisons, their arrogant ‘ego-speak’ is usually a big pile of chit.

    Conflict of Interest discussion:

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  • pure water

    They have forgotten the advices of Bertrand Russell
    enenews seems much more devoted to searching the facts and maintaining tolerance, even when it becomes too hot here.

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