Former head of uCalgary's ISEEE calls institute a failure

January 30, 2013

Climate scientist David Keith -- the former head of the University of Calgary's Institute for Sustainable Energy, Environment and Economy (ISEEE) -- is calling the institute a failure because of poor management on the part of uCalgary and too much influence from corporate donors. Keith says uCalgary removed an academic at the request of Enbridge. In a statement to the CBC, Enbridge says it was not involved in the recruitment process, the appointment nor changes to leadership roles at uCalgary and "any claims to the contrary are categorically false." The Alberta Liberal Party is calling for an investigation into Keith's claims, but leader Raj Sherman says the underlying issue is a lack of funding from the provincial government. "Our academic institutions, our universities are being forced to go to private industry to run their operations and with that closeness...it brings into question the integrity and independence of all the wonderful work they're doing." In a statement to the CBC, uCalgary says it is confident ISEEE is delivering on its mandate to develop cost-effective solutions to the environmental challenges of energy production and use. CBC (Jan. 28) | CBC (Jan.29)