Edward R. Murrow: Who owns the patent on this vaccine?
Jonas Salk: Well, the people, I would say. There is no patent. Could you patent the sun?
Sustainable energy research is of critical importance today given the various environmental and economic crises we face. Unfortunately, the BP-EBI contract between British Petroleum and UC Berkeley’s Energy Biosciences Institute is fundamentally flawed because 1) it threatens the academic integrity and diversity of UC Berkeley, 2) has blatant conflicts of interest and pushes a fossil fuel research agenda in the form of genetically modified microbes used for tar sands oil extraction, and 3) because BP has proven its untrustworthiness as a defender of public good, as evident from BP’s devastating oil spill in the gulf of Mexico only 4 years ago.