LSU professor: "I think that Dr. Overton comes across as being an industry shill"


Exclusive: Professor who downplayed oil spill has federal government contracts, Raw Story, November 18, 2010:

The LSU professor, who spoke with Raw Story on condition of anonymity for fear of retaliation by the university [said] his impression of [Dr. Ed] Overton’s consistently rosy scientific assessments, coupled with Overton’s routine omission of full disclosure, is what’s most troubling to him.

“I think that Dr. Overton comes across as being an industry shill,” the professor offered bluntly. “He has never said anything that was not in favor of what the industry was saying and continued to minimize the effects from day one about how bad this spill and its effects would be.”

In Overton’s interview with Raw Story, he went on to say that his main reason for not disclosing his high-level contracting position with NOAA is because it would appear that he’s boasting about his accomplishments. ...

As Raw Story was wrapping up its interview with Overton, he said, “You’re trying to come up with a controversy where there is none.”

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