11-8-07 by simpson
Oil giant BP and UC Berkeley have yet to sign the contract for the $500 million deal that would create the Energy Biosciences Institute (EBI) at UC Berkeley, but there was an announcement this week of another BP-funded project at Arizona State University in Tempe.
It’s only a $6.6 million deal with three entities putting up $2.2 million each, according to The Arizona Republic. Joining Bumbling Petroleum are the Science Foundation Arizona and ASU itself.
According to the newspaper, the university’s scientists believe they can
promote growth of a critical fuel source from containers full of bacteria nurtured with sunshine and greenhouse gases.
Already the ASU scientists are thinking about hooking up with their oil-stained colleagues at "UC-BP" in Berkeley. ASU researchers say the biofuel project may give them an opportunity to work and share scientific know-how with the EBI, according to the Republic.
There wasn’t any word on who will control any patents that might result from the research or what provisions are in place to prevent BP from unfairly benefiting from ASU’s image in a greenwashing advertising campaign.