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Fri Feb 8, 2013, 09:01 PM

Keystone XL: Koch Brothers' Activism Protects Their 50 Years in Canadian Heavy Oils (Reuters)

Greg Palast is absolutely correct in regards to who is behind the push for the Keystone XL pipeline - the Koch Bros. More about that here: http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=view_post&forum=1017&pid=97279

And here:

Long involvement in Canada's tar sands has been central to Koch Industries' evolution and positions the billionaire brothers for a new oil boom.

By David Sassoon, InsideClimate News

Over the last decade, Charles and David Koch have emerged into public view as billionaire philanthropists pushing a libertarian brand of political activism that presses a large footprint on energy and climate issues. They have created and supported non-profit organizations, think tanks and political groups that work to undermine climate science, environmental regulation and clean energy. They are also top donors to politicians, most of them Republicans, who support the oil industry and deny any human role in global warming.

What is less well documented are the many Koch businesses that benefit from the brothers' efforts to push the center of American political discourse rightward, closer to their own convictions. At the top of the list are the Koch family's long and deep investments in Canada's heavy oil industry, which have been central to the company's initial growth and subsequent diversification since 1959.

Because Koch Industries is a privately held company, the public has little access to information about the depth and diversity of its Canadian oil sands holdings. Over the past several months, however, InsideClimate News has pieced together a rough picture of the company's involvement in the industry, using published reports from the National Energy Board of Canada; documents and data extracted from the website of Canada's Energy Resource Conservation Board; securities disclosures and filings of Koch businesses in Canada; court documents from an inheritance battle that pitted Charles and David Koch against their two other brothers; Canadian and U.S. media reports; company newsletters and press releases; and two books, one written by Charles Koch and the other the autobiography of a long-time Koch company director.

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http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/05/10/idUS427145980520120510

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Response to ProfessionalLeftist (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 09:04 PM

1. The bright light of publicity about these scumbags is a good thing.

They make me sick.

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Reply #1)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 09:12 PM

3. I agree! The more they are exposed the better. It seems...

....these dirtbags are behind almost every bad thing happening to the U.S. these days! Voter suppression, climate denial, ALEC and all their stinking doctrines - insidious creeps!

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Fri Feb 8, 2013, 09:40 PM

4. The Koch Bros. Somethings just won't come clean... /nt

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