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Politicising Australian science – Old King Coal

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There’s an excellent article in yesterday’s New Matilda. Written by Polly Simons, a journalism student at UTS, the piece considers the relationship between the CSIRO’s ability to operate effectively, and the government’s desire to use it merely as a stamp of credibility… or an extension of major donors’ corporate policies.

When The Canberra Times revealed in February that a report by CSIRO scientists questioning the cost and efficiency of clean coal technology had been suppressed because it was not in the best interests of the coal industry, it confirmed what many scientists had long suspected — that when it comes to CSIRO energy research, the coal industry is King.

‘The reality is that the research of most of the CSIRO is completely distorted,’ says Dr Mark Diesendorf, a senior lecturer at the University of NSW’s Institute of Environmental Science, and a former CSIRO scientist.

Those in the know have described the report as the ‘smoking gun’ of a debate that has seen the CSIRO accused of kowtowing to the fossil fuel industry, derailing valuable renewable energy research in favour of so-called ‘clean coal’.

Do yourself a favour and keep reading

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Written by typingisnotactivism

November 16, 2007 at 1:41 pm

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