University of Tennessee “Frackademia” Program Put to Rest, for Now

By: Tuesday September 10, 2013 5:45 am

University of Tennessee-Knoxville’s “frackademia” program proposal – set to transform UT’s Institute of Agriculture into a de facto fracking land leasing agency – has been put to rest for now, according to The Tennesseean. In short: the university’s premiere leasing proposal for acreage didn’t recieve a single bid.

 

Frackademia: University of Tennessee Set to Lease Forest For Fracking, Enriching Governor’s Family

By: Tuesday June 11, 2013 4:33 pm

8,600 acres of the Cumberland Forest owned by University of Tennessee-Knoxville will be leased off to the oil and gas industry this August in a new form of “frackademia” – and one of the top financial beneficiaries will be the family of Republican Gov. Bill Haslam, who sits on UT-Knoxville’s Board of Trustees.

“Frackademia” is usually thought of as “studies” conducted by university-based “frackademic” researchers and funded by Big Oil, the old “Tobacco Playbook” in action. But UT-Knoxville has taken the game to a whole new level, leasing off land it owns so that it can study “best practices” for fracking in the Volunteer State.

Come Saturday Morning: Scott Walker, Bill Haslam, and the Cost of the Bullets

By: Saturday December 10, 2011 6:45 am

Remember how worked up conservatives used to get over China’s charging the families of executed prisoners (political and otherwise) for the cost of the bullets used to kill them?

Funny how the killing of free speech in America doesn’t seem to bother them at all.

EPA/TVA Clean Air Act Deal Will Eliminate 18 Coal-Fired Boilers

By: Friday April 15, 2011 5:17 pm

Now maybe the EPA will get more coal plants retired as soon as possible. This, incidentally, is why you don’t want their regulatory authority curtailed.

Many Hot Races in Today’s Tennessee Primary

By: Thursday August 5, 2010 3:15 pm

Today is primary day in Tennessee. (Why you would stage an election on a Thursday instead of a Tuesday is beyond me. I can see moving election day to the weekend but can’t understand why a different mid-week work day is preferable.)

The big race tonight is the GOP primary for governor, but congressional retirements have created heated primary battles in a few districts.

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