ASU president pushes back against Grijalva inquiry

PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona State University is pushing back against a request by U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva to provide information about the funding sources behind university researchers.

The Democrat from Arizona sent a letter to ASU on Feb. 24 asking for details about the funding for researchers who study climate change. He sent a similar request to a University of Colorado environmental studies professor who later lashed out against the inquiry.

ASU president Michael Crow said in a letter that the school will provide the records but that he had personal concerns about an intrusion on academic freedom.

Grijalva serves on the House Committee on Natural Resources and aid he was concerned about some scientists' funding that appeared to show a conflict of interest.

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