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Big oil undermining biofuel research, warns watchdog

Question a Stanford study sounding potential health risks of ethanol, recommends a watchdog group, given the university’s substantial funding from ExxonMobil.

It’s the most recent example of a university’s credibility being undermined by the money it receives from big oil, says the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights (FTCR).
Mark Z. Jacobson, an associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at Stanford University, recently published that “a blend of ethanol poses an equal or greater [environmental health] risk than gasoline, which already causes significant health damage.”

His paper, based on computer models, appeared in the online edition of Environmental Science and Technology.

The study suggested a net few hundred more people in America might suffer respiratory illnesses if the nation were to switch all vehicles to 100% ethanol.

It received mainstream media attention this week, given that ethanol proponents have long maintained that the fuel is substantially less polluting, citing volumes of data.

In an interview with Inside Greentech, the FTCR consumer group highlighted the fact that ExxonMobil has given $100 million to fund Stanford’s Global Climate and Energy Program (GCEP).

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