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Higher Ed is Interested in Energy — But Only If It’s Politically Correct

Today’s Wall Street Journal has a good op-ed piece by Paul Tice entitled “How Climate Change Conquered the American Campus.” He observes that while many colleges and universities have centers on “energy research” those are nearly always focused on the various “green” energy fads and ignore (at best!) oil and gas. Never mind that many of the best-paying jobs available to college grads right now are in the oil and gas industries.

Tice wonders, “How many college students have been discouraged from considering a field in petroleum engineering or traditional energy finance because of the rational concern that the current EPA-led attack on coal will move next to target oil and gas?” Yes, some probably have been, and I would add that some students have probably been turned off because of the caterwauling on campuses (and elsewhere) that those who work in fossil fuels are despoilers of the Earth, enemies of mankind.


George Leef is the the director of editorial content at the James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal.


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