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Posted Wed Sep 15 2010: from San Francisco Chronicle:
Did BP write your child's textbook?
A new environmental curriculum, written over the course of seven years, is about to be launched in California. Guess who helped write it? BP. That's right, the company earned a place on the working group that developed the [optional] program's guiding principles despite a checkered safety record even before this summer's catastrophic spill. BP was the only oil company to participate in writing the curriculum, which will be taught to 6 million K-12 students across several subjects. But other corporate giants, including PG&E, Sempra Energy and the American Plastics Council were also considered "stakeholders." Corporations in the most environmentally destructive industries are considered stakeholders in what our students learn about the environment. Although the California EPA -- which oversaw the state environmental curriculum development -- insists BP played a minor role, the high school materials praise BP for its donation to energy research at the University of California.
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