As Drug Industry Influence On Research Grows, So Does Potential Bias

"For drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline, the 17-page article in the New England Journal of Medicine represented a coup. The 2006 report described a trial that compared three diabetes drugs and concluded that Avandia, the company’s new drug, performed best. ... What only careful readers of the article would have gleaned is the extent of the financial connections between the drugmaker and the research."

Source: Wash Post, 11/26/2012

"SUNY Buffalo Shuts Down its Frack-Happy Shale Institute"

"Remember that questionable study put out by the State University at Buffalo earlier this year, the one that claimed Pennsylvania was doing a good job at regulating the fracking industry? This week SUNY Buffalo's president announced his decision to shutter its publisher, the school's own Shale Resources and Society Institute (SRSI)."

Source: Mother Jones, 11/21/2012

"Enviros Vexed By What's Missing in Water Contamination Reports"

"Pennsylvania's environmental protection chief is defending his agency's controversial system for testing water wells near Marcellus Shale operations by saying other states work the same way. But regulators in those states say that's not true."

Source: EnergyWire, 11/21/2012

"Amid Budget Scrutiny, CIA Shutters Climate Center"

"With the U.S. intelligence budget shrinking, the CIA has quietly shut down its Center on Climate Change and National Security -- a project that was launched with the support of Leon Panetta when he led the agency, but that drew sharp criticism from some Republicans in Congress."

Source: Greenwire, 11/20/2012

"After BP Spill, Information Trickled as Oil Gushed"

"BP and the U.S. government portrayed in public a united front as a runaway well spewed oil into the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. But they privately sought to withhold potentially critical information from each other, possibly slowing efforts to solve the crisis, according to new testimony."

Source: FuelFix, 11/15/2012

"Pennsylvania Report Left Out Data on Poisons in Water Near Gas Site"

"PHILADELPHIA -- Pennsylvania officials reported incomplete test results that omitted data on some toxic metals that were found in drinking water taken from a private well near a natural gas drilling site, according to legal documents released this week."

Source: NY Times, 11/05/2012


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