- Alleged BP Contract to Silence Scientists
Obama: “Plug the damn hole!” BP: Plug the damn pie-hole!”
Seems BP just isn’t content with its semi-successfull plugging of the hole at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico, they are alleged to now want to plug scientist’s pie holes in what appears to be an effort to prevent scientist from testifying against them in the 300 or so lawsuits they currently are facing over the Gulf oil spill.
From the Telegraph we get this.
Researchers hired by the oil giant were reportedly asked to sign “restrictive” contracts for work designed to protect the company from more than 300 lawsuits in the wake of the slick.
It was claimed that contained within the contracts were clauses restricting scientists from publishing any academic research undertaken for the oil giant, sharing them with other researchers or even talking about them for as long as three years.
Prof Cary Nelson, the head of the American Association of Professors, accused the oil giant of making “hugely destructive” decisions.
Nice, first we get BP-Iwantmylifebackgate,then BP-Sailboatgate, BP Photoshopgate, then BP-Lockerbiebombergate, now we get BP-Silencegate. It appears we’re going to have BP-Trustfundgate next, as I see allegations of them trying to slow the process down to give the people they’ve put out of work assistance.
Of course with Kenneth Feinberg running the trust find it certainly sounds possible. He doesn’t appear to have the cojones to stand up to Wall Street, so I have to wonder if BP is going to make him their sissy-boy, or perhaps already have done so.
Do you think anyone in charge at BP ever took an ethics class in college? I have to ask. Seems to fit what’s going on, it’s like they’re clueless about doing the right thing. They’re making Richard Nixon look like the epitome of honesty.
If you want to see the alleged contract for yourself, it’s here (PDF) at the BBC website. They even highlighted the offending parts in yellow.
BP evidently doesn’t just want to silence individual scientists, per the below they want to silence whole departments at colleges.
American newspaper reports also claimed that BP attempted to hire the entire marine sciences department at southern US university.
Bob Shipp, head of marine sciences at the University of South Alabama, who was offered one of the contracts, said BP wanted his whole department.
He said that after he stipulated that his team would have complete academic freedom he never heard from BP’s lawyers again.
That certainly makes for a good case that BP wasn’t THAT interested in securing their services. BP, of course, is claiming they are innocent as the pure-driven snow.
But New Orleans environmental lawyer Joel Waltzer looked over the contract and said BP’s statement did not match up.
“They’re the ones who control the process. They’re depriving the public of the data and the transparency that we all deserve.”
We have a Professor Mendelsson who would work for them for his regular hourly fee. He has to have the quote of the year below.
“Good scientists, they’re going to be giving their opinions based on the facts and they are not going to bias their opinions. What’s most important is credibility.”
Too bad the IPCC doesn’t hire this guy to head up their next report. I think I might trust what he said. Basing opinions on the facts? What a novel idea that would be at certain institutions of the global warming persuasion.
It will be interesting to see what comes out of this as I feel it certainly warrants more investigation.
Insane Minds indeed!
Sources: Telegraph, BBC, Wikipedia