greenThe hot topic in campus energy research news is predictably the BP partnership and what it means in the wake of the oil spill.

Michael Hiltzik of the LA Times mused as to why there has been “no campus protest over Berkeley-BP connection,” which of course is completely untrue.

We’re pretty confident in saying we’ve attended more recent UC Berkeley campus protests than Hiltzik, and there has been plenty of outcry ever since the deal was penned. Reading the article, it seems want he was really trying to say was, “Why is there no campus protest now?” To which we respond: Everyone’s on summer vacation.

But that didn’t stop a protest just last week in Downtown Berkeley, and AP reports that some professors have started renewed efforts to get the campus to withdraw from the deal.

It’s not all gloom and doom though, Lawrence Berkeley Lab and the California Institute of Technology are working on a $122 million Department of Energy project to make fuel out of sunlight. Like flowers do!

Here’s hoping they’ll do Steven Chu proud.

Sunshine and flowers everybody!

Image Source: gilderic under Creative Commons
Berkeley lab co-leads $122 million sunlight-to-fuel effort [Mercury News]
Why no campus protest over Berkeley-BP connection? [LA Times]


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