UC Berkeley urged to end research partnership with BP

August 3, 2010

Activists and professors at the University of California, Berkeley are calling on the institution to end its research partnership with BP. In 2007, the oil company gave UC Berkeley a $500-million grant to establish the Energy Biosciences Institute, which works to develop new sources of plant-based fuel. The 10-year deal has outraged many students and faculty members who worry BP will exert too much influence over academic research and damage the institution's reputation. Now, as BP's oil spill devastates the Gulf Coast, some local activists and professors say it's time for the partnership to end. UC Berkeley officials say the institute has nothing to do with the oil spill, and the university has no plans to sever its research partnership with BP. Associated Press