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There is only one Earth brand shoe. The perfect shoe for people who stand On their feet all day. The shoe invented to make walking and standing easier and more comfortable. EARTH SHOE STORE 474-1895 1610 Lavaca Austin, Texas 78701 BLENDING GOOD FOOD WITH GOOD TIMES BEEF & SEAFOOD ENTREES STEAKSBEER BATTER SHRIMP-OYSTERS lunch happy hour dinner late night delights .tj -r .414 Barton Springs at Slat Austin, Texas THE COMMODORE HOTEL On Capitol Hill Owned by Texans. Run by a Texan. 520 N. Capitol St., NW Washington, D.C. 20001 January 28, 1977 15 watch subsequent issues for .. . BILLIE CARR REPORTS Paid Pol. Adv. by Billie Carr Expense Fund 2418 Travis, Houston, Texas. dollars and contacted ten schools, including UT. After the university and the corporation talked, CES submitted an application to the Exxon USA Foundation, which then remitted the first $125,000. The money came from the foundation rather than straight out of the corporate strongbox because the foundation channel is tax exempt \(corporations can set up a tax-free foundation, make an annual contribution to it froin corporate revenues, and not have to pay taxes on those doles out $3-$5 million annually this way. The firm calls it philanthropy; some might call it a tax shelter. Whatever, the money does go for research of interest to the corporation, though it might also be of public interest. Look at the research topics funded by corporate givers and you’ll have to question Drummond’s assertion that CES doesn’t get involved with research of a commercial nature. Maybe we’ll all benefit some day from a feasibility study of slurrying coal in methyl alcohol, but doesn’t it seem likely that Texas Utilities Company, which paid for the study, might have a commercial interest in the findings? \(A clue: Texas Utilities, along with others, is lobbying in Austin this not conducting research for the outright commercial benefit of grantors, but the companies do in fact stand to gain from the research they support, and they know it from the start. The question is not simply whether CES researchers are hired guns, for conflict of interest can be a much more subtle thing. No individual researcher need sell out, and undoubtedly none have. Such conflict doesn’t even require intent; it can derive from a privileged working relationship, initiated by money, that is beyond the reach of the general public. It is a question of access. Exxon executives are asked their feelings, at least, on what policies ought to be addressed by a given study. They have inside influence, if not power. Others don’t. There are many responsible and knowledgeable people who think, for example, that any future energy policy must include breaking up the energy monopolies, but it is unlikely that any of Exxon’s $400,000 will get into that. Now, after three years, CES is about to name a public advisory committee to suggest research directions. That’s nice, assuming good appointments, but advisory committees are notoriously ineffective. With money to offer, the Exxons definitely are first among equals. If nothing else, the CES corporate connection raises important questions, and legislators ought to ask them when they get to that line item in the UT budget this year. J.H.