Fri Jan 25, 2013, 11:06 PM
Octafish (54,902 posts)
Dumb and Dumber of Doomsday: How the 'Kochtopus' stifled green debate
I hate flaming assholes who lie and stifle debate. Of course, I'm talking the tag team terrors, the two Koch Bros...
...and all the smear artists and professional liars they have bought to get people to stop discussion of climate change.
How the 'Kochtopus' stifled green debate
Behind the climate 'countermovement' are two billionaire brothers
The Independent (UK)
Thursday, 24 January 2013
Even by the standards of the super-rich, Charles and David Koch are extraordinarily wealthy. Together they own most of Koch Industries, one of the largest private conglomerates in America with annual revenues of around $100bn (£62.5bn), and interests as diverse as energy, petrochemicals, pulp and paper.
The two brothers share a similar political outlook. They are right-wing libertarians who believe in minimal regulation of industry, smaller government, lower corporate taxes and less generous social services. They are also closet "sceptics" when it comes to climate science.
Among the beneficiaries of Donor Trust money is the Competitive Enterprise Institute, which is being sued for defamation by Professor Michael Mann of Pennsylvania University, an eminent climatologist, whose affidavit claims that he was accused of scientific fraud and compared to a convicted child molester.
Professor Mann was one of the scientists named in the stolen emails from the UEA and has been a target of climate sceptics keen to rubbish his work on temperature records, which produced the now famous "hockey stick" graph showing a rapid temperature rise in the 20th century.
The Koch Bros make money by degrading the same ecosystem humanity depends on for survival.
Imagine what they could do if they used their wealth to make the world a better place?
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Sat Jan 26, 2013, 02:05 AM
Octafish (54,902 posts)
2. Exact concept.
Monopolists want everything and they'll lie, cheat and steal to get it.
From Greenwald and Lava:
10. The Senate Select Committee on Indian Affairs accused Koch Oil of scheming to steal $31 million of crude oil from Native Americans. Although the company claimed it was accidental, a former executive in this operation said Charles Koch had known about it and had responded to the overages by saying, “I want my fair share, and that’s all of it.”
That last quote — “I want my fair share, and that’s all of it” — encapsulates the unbridled greed driving the Kochs’ political activism and business dealings. Democracy cannot thrive with so much power being in the hands of men like this. If we care about democracy, we have to work to take it back.
Warmongers of the natural environment.