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Fossil Fuel Industry Gave Hundreds of Millions to Higher Ed

Fossil fuel companies gave over $700 million in research funding to 27 colleges and universities from 2010 to 2020, according to a new study from the left-leaning think tank Data for Progress.

The top recipients of fossil fuel research money included the University of California, Berkeley ($154 million); the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ($108 million); Stanford University ($56 million); and the University of Texas at Austin ($40 million). Six fossil fuel companies—including BP, ExxonMobil and Shell—were found to have given the bulk of the funding to higher ed.

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