Koch Industries: Secretly Funding the Climate Denial Machine
The Koch Brothers: Funding 67,042,064 to groups denying climate change since 1997.
Billionaire oilman David Koch used to joke that Koch Industries was "the biggest company you've never heard of." Now the shroud of secrecy has thankfully been lifted, revealing the $67 million that he and his brother Charles have quietly funneled to climate-denial front groups that are working to delay policies and regulations aimed at stopping global warming, most of which are part of the State Policy Network.
Today, the Kochs are being watched as a prime example of the corporate takeover of government. Their funding and co-opting of the Tea Party movement is now well documented.
Charles G. Koch and David H. Koch have a vested interest in delaying climate action: they've made billions from their ownership and control of Koch Industries, an oil corporation that is the second largest privately-held company in America (which also happens to have an especially poor environmental record). It's timely that more people are now aware of Charles and David Koch and just what they're up to. A growing awareness of these oil billionaires' destructive agenda has led to increased scrutiny and resistance from people and organizations all over the United States.
We continue to expose the connections between climate denial front groups and the secretive billionaires who are funding their efforts.
Case Studies: How Does Koch Industries Influence the Climate Debate?
See our 2012 update Koch Brothers Exposed: Fueling Climate Denial and Privatizing Democracy, demonstrating how the Kochs are part of a 40-year old blueprint to dominate democracy. This update was relesed in conjunction with the release of Brave New Foundation's Koch Brothers Exposed movie.
From Greenpeace's Toxics campaign: Toxic Koch: Keeping Americans at Risk of a Poison Gas Disaster
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The Koch brothers, their family members, and their employees direct a web of financing that supports conservative special interest groups and think-tanks, with a strong focus on fighting environmental regulation, opposing clean energy legislation, and easing limits on industrial pollution. This money is typically funneled through one of three "charitable" foundations the Kochs have set up: the Claude R. Lambe Charitable Foundation; the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation; and the David H. Koch Charitable Foundation.
How can you help?
By spreading the word to your networks on sites like Facebook and Twitter, you can make more people aware of who the Kochs are and unmask the "experts" who take money from them to write reports and appear on TV questioning the wisdom of taking action to save the climate.
See also PolluterWatch profiles of Koch Industries, Charles Koch and David Koch.