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Broken Like Horses to Pull the Renewable Cart April 21, 2014 8:00 AM | Tagged as Model T, STEM

WSJ April 8, 2014 Page A15: “How Climate Change Conquered the American Campus” by Paul H. Tice

Finally, someone has taken on the universities on an important issue. Mr. Tice’s article is “spot on”.  He chronicles the bias on college campuses across the nation against fossil fuels. He notes the academic think tanks that purport to study solutions in energy issues in a balanced way are not very balanced at all. Most are headed by zealots of radical environmentalism, the religion of atheists. Tice likens this to the college equivalent of “the inmates taking over the asylum.”  Too bad many who are gifted in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) are not even given the opportunity to make a contribution in the oil and gas industry. Most of the advances in this area of study have come from private businesses, not academia or government.  Witness George A. Mitchell, the father of hydraulic fracturing, who did so without any research help from the institutions of higher education or federal dollars. (Read The Frackers, for more details.)

Tice also bemuses the fact that universities are not allowing their STEM-leaning students to the option to pursue a degree in petroleum engineering. Campuses disregard the data that the petroleum engineering field is the highest paying under-graduate degree. Starting annual salaries in 2013 were $97,000.

For the record, The Biz Bucks Guy wants academia to study and do pure research regarding renewables. Where might we be today if we had not built so many “Model T” solar and wind farms, but instead, had funneled those scare funds into R&D to advance the ball in renewables?

The university ”thought police” is thwarting honest debate on this most critical of issues to our well being.  Too bad so many bright students are being broken like horses to haul the renewable cart for the enviros.  It is both to the detriment of students and society at large.

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