GCEP Director Sally M. Benson Responds to Center for American Progress Report
The Global Climate and Energy Project (GCEP) was launched in the fall of 2002 at Stanford University with the goal of accelerating the development and use of low greenhouse gas-emission energy technologies by combining pre-commercial fundamental research with the practical know-how of major corporations. Our research focuses on developing solutions through breakthroughs in fundamental science and engineering science that will help meet society's objectives for abundant energy, high efficiency, clean air, and substantial reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.
The independence and openness of GCEP research is paramount to Stanford and our four Sponsors—ExxonMobil, GE, Schlumberger, and Toyota. GCEP diligently follows the University's strict guidelines to ensure that our research is open and that our process is thorough, honest, and transparent at every level. We have carefully designed a research selection process that uses not one, but two independent review panels composed of technical experts with no affiliation with Stanford or the Sponsors. In over 12 rounds of funding between 2002 and 2010, our Sponsors have approved every set of research projects recommended by GCEP. Through this rigorous process, the Project has committed approximately $100 million in research funding to build a diversified portfolio in such areas as solar energy, biofuels, carbon capture and storage, and the electric grid. The results of our research continue to be made public via our website, annual symposia, and investigators’ publications, and will help lead to a future with significantly lower greenhouse gas emissions.
The “Big Oil Goes to College” report from the Center for American Progress contains many misrepresentations about the operation of the GCEP research program. Long before the report was released, we provided the authors with a number of corrections, but only a fraction of the changes were made.
Sally M. Benson
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