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Thu Jan 24, 2013, 07:00 PM

Exclusive: Billionaires secretly fund attacks on climate science (Audit Trail Leads To Charles Koch)

Source: Independent UK

Exclusive: Billionaires secretly fund attacks on climate science
Audit trail reveals that donors linked to fossil fuel industry are backing global warming sceptics

A secretive funding organisation in the United States that guarantees anonymity for its billionaire donors has emerged as a major operator in the climate "counter movement" to undermine the science of global warming, The Independent has learnt.

The Donors Trust, along with its sister group Donors Capital Fund, based in Alexandria, Virginia, is funnelling millions of dollars into the effort to cast doubt on climate change without revealing the identities of its wealthy backers or that they have links to the fossil fuel industry.

However, an audit trail reveals that Donors is being indirectly supported by the American billionaire Charles Koch who, with his brother David, jointly owns a majority stake in Koch Industries, a large oil, gas and chemicals conglomerate based in Kansas.

Millions of dollars has been paid to Donors through a third-party organisation, called the Knowledge and Progress Fund, with is operated by the Koch family but does not advertise its Koch connections.


Read more: http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/climate-change/exclusive-billionaires-secretly-fund-attacks-on-climate-science-8466312.html

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Reply Exclusive: Billionaires secretly fund attacks on climate science (Audit Trail Leads To Charles Koch) (Original post)
kpete Jan 2013 OP
think Jan 2013 #1
Angry Dragon Jan 2013 #4
kestrel91316 Jan 2013 #8
glinda Jan 2013 #30
Berlum Jan 2013 #2
abelenkpe Jan 2013 #3
daleo Jan 2013 #34
Auntie Bush Jan 2013 #5
rurallib Jan 2013 #6
sheshe2 Jan 2013 #7
kestrel91316 Jan 2013 #9
sheshe2 Jan 2013 #11
kestrel91316 Jan 2013 #20
sheshe2 Jan 2013 #23
glinda Jan 2013 #31
fascisthunter Jan 2013 #22
limpyhobbler Jan 2013 #10
AverageJoe90 Jan 2013 #12
indepat Jan 2013 #13
glinda Jan 2013 #32
Hawaiianlight Jan 2013 #14
judesedit Jan 2013 #15
dawnie51 Jan 2013 #16
Rain Mcloud Jan 2013 #17
Ken Burch Jan 2013 #18
WillyT Jan 2013 #19
horsedoc Jan 2013 #21
Jeevus Jan 2013 #24
triplepoint Jan 2013 #25
octoberlib Jan 2013 #26
blkmusclmachine Jan 2013 #27
d_r Jan 2013 #28
SoapBox Jan 2013 #29
chowder66 Jan 2013 #33
Fire Walk With Me Jan 2013 #35

Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 07:05 PM

1. The Knowledge and Progress Fund is a Koch industries front group?

How many front groups are these guys running?

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Response to think (Reply #1)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 07:07 PM

4. probably thousands

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Response to think (Reply #1)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 07:36 PM

8. Probably all of them.

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Response to kestrel91316 (Reply #8)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 12:12 AM

30. That is why they need all of the money they can steal and finagle.

They can never have enough to spread it all around. And we pay for it.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 07:05 PM

2. Planetary Scuzzbucketry from 1% RepubliWankers

...as usual...

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 07:06 PM

3. No it can't be!

Actually not surprised. Pretty sure anyone questioning climate change is a paid shill for big oil.

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Response to abelenkpe (Reply #3)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 12:41 AM

34. I have known a few poor global warming skeptics

And I haven't figured out their motivations. I think some of it is just the desire to be contrary and argumentative.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 07:11 PM

5. Oh goodie! More Koch family shannigans...Just what our country needs.

These people need to choke on their own black sticky oil.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 07:13 PM

6. in other news water is wet and the sun is hot

must be nice to have so much money that people will sell you their souls.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 07:28 PM

7. They just don't get it do they...

They care only of today, and what comfort and delight their amassed zillions brings to them. They are greedy, selfish, ignorant, blind, and soulless bastards.

They are not exempt from the effects of climate change. It too will change their lives! They are turning this country into a dying nation. Drought and famine, wildfires and ravaging storms are the future they are bestowing on us.

Their money will not save them. Will they live longer than us...sure. Cowering in their bunkers as the Earth dies. They too will die, the same agonizing death that they, in their greed bestowed on this planet.

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Response to sheshe2 (Reply #7)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 07:37 PM

9. They plan to BUY their way out of any actual consequences for their greedy actions and leave the

rest of us to starve or drown.

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Response to kestrel91316 (Reply #9)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 07:44 PM

11. Sure, kestrel. They will.

However they will not be able to buy their way out of a dead planet. When they have finished destoying the planet...they too will be destroyed. As I said they will live longer than us. However in the end they will die.

Peace to us all.
sheshe2

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Response to sheshe2 (Reply #11)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 08:52 PM

20. They definitely can't die soon enough to suit me.

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Response to kestrel91316 (Reply #20)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 08:58 PM

23. I am with you on that! nt

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Response to sheshe2 (Reply #23)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 12:13 AM

31. agree

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Response to sheshe2 (Reply #7)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 08:56 PM

22. blame all the weakness around them that allows them to prevail

they all have a hand in this.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 07:43 PM

10. pure evil

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 07:50 PM

12. Unfortunate, but not surprising. n/t

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 07:53 PM

13. The damage to America, its people and government, and possibly the entire planet caused by domestic

right-wing extremist groups is inestimable, including contributing to a possible future mass extinction by denying climate change and thwarting responsible attempts by man to deal with the issue.

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Response to indepat (Reply #13)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 12:14 AM

32. And people are passive about doing anything about it.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 07:54 PM

14. Shining light on darkness

Apparently their "secretive funding organisation in the United States that guarantees anonymity for its billionaire donors " was unable to keep these Koch Roaches hidden in the dark.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 08:03 PM

15. What's new? They also fund colleges, dictate who can be hired and what can be taught. Check it out.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 08:14 PM

16. It is clear...

99% of the misery and deception in this country can be laid directly and indirectly at the feet of these two evil, disgusting men. How in the world can two despicable creatures such as this be allowed to continue in this fashion? They are all that is corrupt and disgusting.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 08:24 PM

17. Mother Jones News has this to say in 2005

 

ExxonMobil has pumped more than $8 million into more than 40 think tanks; media outlets; and consumer, religious, and even civil rights groups that preach skepticism about the oncoming climate catastrophe. Herewith, a representative overview.

[link:http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2005/05/put-tiger-your-think-tank|

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 08:27 PM

18. Don't tell me...let me guess...they think union organizers will drown as the polar ice melts...

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 08:27 PM

19. HUGE K & R !!!




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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 08:54 PM

21. To hell with the human race....heck

to hell with the earth....all for the almighty dollar. Sickening!

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 09:02 PM

24. This may be news technically,

but it isn't really.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 09:38 PM

25. KochSucker Brothers-2 of Apocalypse's 4 Horsemen

 

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 09:43 PM

26. I recommend watching Climate of Doubt , a PBS/ Frontline doc

It goes into this in detail.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 09:45 PM

27. K&R

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 10:01 PM

28. do the Koch brothers have any kids/grandkids?

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 11:27 PM

29. "Audit Trail Leads To Charles Koch"

...well of course.

The Evil KKKoch Brothers have their slimy tentacles in everything.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 03:36 AM

33. Isn't there some evil-villain deep-earth-pit we can drop these asshats in?

I'm so sick of the path of destruction these people leave for the rest of humanity. It's time someone somewhere changes the Power structure. It's context has become simply "Devastation and Destruction" in the wrong hands coupled with this kind of wealth. This abuse needs to stop and these abusers need to be gone after hard!

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 12:50 AM

35. K&R!

 

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