Citizens Against Government Waste, a watchdog group, called out Rhode Island representatives and Brown University in its “Pork Alert” covering House appropriations for energy and water for fiscal year 2011.
One earmark, sponsored by House Reps. Patrick Kennedy and Jim Langevin will give Brown $1.2 million to research carbon sequestration. CAGW complains about the funding because,
“With an endowment of $2.04 billion, Brown could surely afford its own research.”
Well, we’d like to beg to differ. In case you hadn’t heard, Brown’s endowment has suffered “horrendous” losses lately. As have university endowments all across the country.
Besides, the government has always supported research in the arts and sciences. Federal agencies like the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation are primary sources of funding. It’s even in the Constitution (with selective reading). If the government stops funding university research, who’s going to find solutions for global warming?
CAGW needs to stop pretending universities don’t need support from outside.
Trust us, the only pork at Brown is in the form of hot ham on a bulky roll.