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  • The Koch brothers contributed over a quarter of a million dollars to House Energy and Commerce Committee panel members in 2010
  • The committee is stacking the witness stand with big polluters and their allies
  • Americans strongly support protecting our air and holding polluters accountable
  • Public health professionals and business leaders oppose efforts to handcuff EPA

This fact sheet was put together by Noreen Nielsen and CAPAF.

The House Energy and Commerce Committee plans to hold a hearing Wednesday to discuss blocking the Environmental Protection Agency’s ability to reduce carbon dioxide pollution.  We can expect the same old half-truths, misstatements, and outright lies from the new majority, with an extra dose of special interest pandering.

The reality, however, is that the draft legislation to stop EPA from setting pollution safeguards, proposed by Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI), Subcommittee Chair Ed Whitfield (R-KY), and Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) is nothing less than an attempt to give big polluters free rein to dirty the air we breathe and the water we drink. This proposed language””which was hatched at a secret meeting between the bill’s sponsors and other energy-related trade lobbyists“”would protect corporate polluters and their profits at the expense of public health. But a deeper look into the panel members’ campaign money and political ties reveals that their efforts to shield polluters from regulation should really come as no surprise:

The Koch brothers contributed over a quarter of a million dollars to House Energy and Commerce Committee panel members in 2010

  • The Koch brothers and their employees are the biggest oil and gas donors to lawmakers sitting on the House Energy and Commerce Committee. They contributed $279,500 to 22 of the committee’s 31 Republicans and $32,000 to five Democrats.
  • Nine of the 12 new Republicans on the panel signed the Koch-funded Americans for Prosperity “No Climate Tax” pledge that opposed any government action to reduce carbon dioxide pollution.
  • Koch front-group Americans for Prosperity spent over $200,000 on ads to help key Energy and Commerce Committee members in the 2010 elections. Five of the six GOP freshman lawmakers on the panel benefited from the group’s separate advertising and grassroots activity during the 2010 campaign.
  • Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI) received $20,000 from Koch employees in 2010, making them among his top 10 donors.
  • Koch operatives met with Rep. Upton on the first day of the 112th Congress to discuss gutting the Clean Air Act by handcuffing the EPA.
  • Koch Industries, the private company of the billionaire Koch brothers, is one of the primary sources of carbon pollution in the United States
  • According to the EPA, Koch Industries is responsible for more than 300 oil spills in the United States and has leaked 3 million gallons of crude oil into fisheries and drinking waters.  They were fined a record $35 million and an additional $8 million in Minnesota for discharging into streams.

The committee is stacking the witness stand with big polluters and their allies

  • National Black Chamber of Commerce president Harry Alford has received $425,000 from ExxonMobil since 1998.
  • Margo Thorning is the vice president and chief economist for the American Council for Capital Formation, or ACCF. ACCF has received $215,000 from Koch foundations and nearly $1.7 million from ExxonMobil.
  • Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott‘s 2010 campaign was heavily funded by some of Texas’s largest industries, with most coming from people connected to oil and gas interest. A vocal climate-denier, Abbott sued the Obama administration to end an offshore oil-drilling moratorium instituted following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, and has taken the federal EPA to court three times in the past year.
  • Lonnie Carter is president of Santee Cooper, the largest single mercury polluter in South Carolina.
  • Steve Cousins is vice president of Lion Oil, which ranks 27 on the list of top 100 facilities releasing chemicals such as nitrous oxides, sulfur dioxide, particulate matter, carbon monoxide, and benzene into the environment.
  • Peter Glaser of Troutman Sanders LLP works with the Washington Legal Foundation, which has received $325,000 from ExxonMobil since 1998.
  • Fred Harnack represents the U.S. Steel Corporation, which ranks 19th on the 2010 Political Economy Research Institute Toxic 100 Air Polluters list.
  • James Pearce is the environmental general manager for FMC Corp., which had to pay the largest civil penalty ever obtained under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act for repeatedly violating the hazardous waste law at its phosphorus production facility in Pocatello, Idaho.
  • Steve Rowlan is the environmental general manager at Nucor Corp., which is 24 on the 2010 Political Economy Research Institute Toxic 100 Air Polluters list.
  • Self-proclaimed “climate-denier-in-chief” Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK), and one of the draft legislation sponsors, will also testify at the hearing.
  • Illinois Farm Bureau president Phillip Nelson has a history of attacking air and water safeguards, while supporting big polluting mega-farms.

Americans strongly support protecting our air and holding polluters accountable

  • Seventy-seven percent of the public””including 61 percent of Republicans“”oppose efforts in Congress to block Clean Air Act updates for carbon dioxide, smog, and other pollutants according to a recent National Resources Defense Council poll.
  • Nearly two-thirds of Americans believe the EPA needs to do more to hold polluters accountable and protect our air and water.
  • A recent USA Today/Gallup Poll showed that of the eight actions Congress could take this year, Americans most favor an energy bill that provides incentives for using alternative energy (83 percent).
  • The vast majority of Republicans””as well as a majority of Americans””oppose the Newt Gingrich plan to dismantle the EPA. More than 75 percent of the respondents oppose congressional efforts to limit the EPA’s authority to enforce the Clean Air Act

Public health professionals and business leaders oppose efforts to handcuff EPA

Noreen Nielsen and the Center for American Progress Action Fund.

The House Energy and Commerce Committee plans to hold a hearing Wednesday to discuss blocking the Environmental Protection Agency’s ability to reduce carbon dioxide pollution.  We can expect the same old half-truths, misstatements, and outright lies from the new majority, with an extra dose of special interest pandering<http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/02/07/AR2011020700022_pf.html>.

The reality, however, is that the draft legislation to stop EPA from setting pollution safeguards, proposed by Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI), Subcommittee Chair Ed Whitfield (R-KY), and Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) is nothing less than an attempt to give big polluters free rein to dirty the air we breathe and the water we drink. This proposed language””which was hatched at a secret meeting between the bill’s sponsors and other energy-related trade lobbyists<http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0211/49034.html>””would protect corporate polluters and their profits at the expense of public health. But a deeper look into the panel members’ campaign money and political ties<http://www.americanprogressaction.org/issues/2011/02/pdf/epa_hill_brief.pdf> reveals that their efforts to shield polluters from regulation should really come as no surprise.

The Koch brothers contributed over a quarter of a million dollars to House Energy and Commerce Committee panel members in 2010

·        The Koch brothers and their employees are the biggest oil and gas donors to lawmakers sitting on the House Energy and Commerce Committee. They contributed $279,500<http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-koch-brothers-20110206,0,1681069.story> to 22 of the committee’s 31 Republicans and $32,000 to five Democrats.

·        Nine of the 12 new Republicans on the panel signed the Koch-funded Americans for Prosperity “No Climate Tax<http://wonkroom.thinkprogress.org/gop-senate-deniers/>” pledge that opposed any government action to reduce carbon dioxide pollution.

·        Koch front-group Americans for Prosperity spent over $200,000 on ads<http://query.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/fecimg/?C30001051> to help key Energy and Commerce Committee members in the 2010 elections. Five of the six GOP freshman lawmakers on the panel benefited from the group’s separate advertising and grassroots activity during the 2010 campaign.

·       Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI) received $20,000 from Koch employees in 2010, making them among his top 10 donors<http://lat.ms/hN35gw>.

·       Koch operatives met with Rep. Upton<http://thinkprogress.org/2011/02/07/upton-boehner-koch/> on the first day of the 112th Congress to discuss gutting the Clean Air Act by handcuffing the EPA.

·       Koch Industries, the private company of the billionaire Koch brothers<http://wonkroom.thinkprogress.org/tag/koch>, is one of the primary sources of carbon pollution in the United States<http://wonkroom.thinkprogress.org/2011/01/30/koch-carbon-footprint/>.

·       According to the EPA, Koch Industries is responsible for more than 300 oil spills<http://yosemite.epa.gov/opa/admpress.nsf/016bcfb1deb9fecd85256aca005d74df/981d17e5ab07246f8525686500621079?OpenDocument> in the United States and has leaked 3 million gallons of crude oil into fisheries and drinking waters.  They were fined a record $35 million dollars<http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Koch_Industries> and an additional $8 million in Minnesota<http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Koch_Industries> for discharging into streams.

The committee is stacking the witness stand with big polluters and their allies

·       National Black Chamber of Commerce president Harry Alford has received $425,000 from ExxonMobil since 1998<http://www.exxonsecrets.org/html/orgfactsheet.php?id=113>.

·       Margo Thorning is the vice president and chief economist for the American Council for Capital Formation, or ACCF. ACCF has received $215,000 from Koch foundations<http://www.greenpeace.org/usa/en/campaigns/global-warming-and-energy/polluterwatch/koch-industries/american-council-on-capital-fo/> and nearly $1.7 million from ExxonMobil<http://www.exxonsecrets.org/html/orgfactsheet.php?id=77>.

·         Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott’s 2010 campaign was heavily funded by some of Texas’s largest industries<http://www.dallasnews.com/news/politics/state-politics/20100917-Texas-attorney-general-race-donations-raise-5630.ece>, with most coming from people connected to oil and gas interest. A vocal climate-denier<http://wonkroom.thinkprogress.org/2010/02/17/texas-climatologist-v-denier-petition/>, Abbott sued the Obama administration to end an offshore oil-drilling moratorium instituted following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, and has taken the federal EPA to court three times in the past year.

·       Lonnie Carter is president of Santee Cooper, the largest single mercury polluter<http://southcarolina.sierraclub.org/cathcart/articles.htm> in South Carolina.

·       Steve Cousins is vice president of Lion Oil, which ranks 27 on the list of top 100 facilities<http://scorecard.goodguide.com/ranking/rank-facilities.tcl?how_many=100&drop_down_name=Total+environmental+releases&fips_state_code=Entire+United+States&sic_2=29> releasing chemicals such as nitrous oxides, sulfur dioxide, particulate matter, carbon monoxide, and benzene into the environment.

·       Peter Glaser of Troutman Sanders LLP works with the Washington Legal Foundation, which has received $325,000 from ExxonMobil since 1998<http://www.exxonsecrets.org/html/orgfactsheet.php?id=69>.

·       Fred Harnack represents the U.S. Steel Corporation, which ranks 19th on the 2010 Political Economy Research Institute Toxic 100 Air Polluters<http://www.peri.umass.edu/toxic_index/> list.

·       James Pearce is the environmental general manager for FMC Corp., which had to pay the largest civil penalty ever obtained<http://yosemite.epa.gov/opa/admpress.nsf/dcfe5654cd78898e852572a000657b5b/9cfa49273c893f42852570cb0075e172!OpenDocument&Highlight=2,pesticide> under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act for repeatedly violating the hazardous waste law at its phosphorus production facility in Pocatello, Idaho.

·       Steve Rowlan is the environmental general manager at Nucor Corp., which is 24 on the 2010 Political Economy Research Institute Toxic 100 Air Polluters<http://www.peri.umass.edu/toxic_index/> list.

·       Self-proclaimed “climate-denier-in-chief” Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK), and one of the draft legislation sponsors, will also testify at the hearing.

*   Illinois Farm Bureau president Phillip Nelson has a history of attacking air and water safeguards<http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/01/09/us-usa-agriculture-idUSTRE7083CA20110109?feedType=RSS&feedName=environmentNews>, while supporting big polluting mega-farms<http://news.medill.northwestern.edu/chicago/news.aspx?id=151547>.

Americans strongly support protecting our air and holding polluters accountable

·       Seventy-seven percent of the public””including 61 percent of Republicans””oppose efforts in Congress to block Clean Air Act updates for carbon dioxide, smog, and other pollutants according to a recent National Resources Defense Council poll<http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/paltman/2-2%20ORC%20International%20EPA%20Survey%20Report.pdf>.

·      Nearly two-thirds of Americans believe the EPA needs to do more to hold polluters accountable and protect our air and water.

·       A recent USA Today/Gallup Poll<http://content.usatoday.com/communities/greenhouse/post/2011/02/americans-back-epa-solar-wind/1> showed that of the eight actions Congress could take this year, Americans most favor an energy bill that provides incentives for using alternative energy (83 percent).

·       The vast majority of Republicans””as well as a majority of Americans””oppose the Newt Gingrich plan to dismantle the EPA<http://thinkprogress.org/default/2011/01/25/140762/newt-epa-abolish/>. More than 75 percent of the respondents oppose<http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/02/07/idUS140003086120110207> congressional efforts to limit the EPA’s authority to enforce the Clean Air Act

Public health professionals and business leaders oppose efforts to handcuff EPA

·       Since its founding the EPA’s standard setting and polluter accountability efforts have prevented<http://www.epa.gov/40th/achieve.html>  205,000 premature deaths, 843,000 asthma attacks, 18 million child respiratory illnesses, and more.

·       The economic benefits of the Clean Air Act rules outweighed the costs by more than 20-to-1 in 2010. It will be nearly 30-to-1 by 2020, according to an Environmental Protection Agency analysis<http://www.epa.gov/oar/sect812/aug10/summaryreport.pdf>.

·      Public health professionals from the American Lung Association<http://www.lungusa.org/press-room/press-releases/upton-clean-air-bill.html> to the Trust for America’s Health<http://healthyamericans.org/newsroom/releases/?releaseid=229> and the American Public Health Association<http://www.apha.org/about/news/pressreleases/2011/upton+clean+air+act+bill.htm> oppose Rep. Upton’s bill.

·      More than 60,000 small businesses<http://www.americanbusinessforcleanenergy.org/ckfinder/userfiles/files/CAA_Support_Letter.pdf> sent a letter to the White House and Congress urging them to support the EPA’s ability to enforce the Clean Air Act.

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31 Responses to House Energy and Commerce “Committee from Koch” to conduct global warming witch trial

  1. Prokaryotes says:

    You start to get the impression that “Koch” runs everything made in USA. What is next? King Koch crowned in front of the memorial building?

    Good luck and Good Night!

  2. Bob Doublin says:

    How is the witness list formed?Do members of the minority party on a committee have no say at all in who may testify?Can they have at least one witness of their own choosing? More than one? Why aren’t the Dems raising a stink about this? Didn’t the repubs try to derail some legislation last year by refusing to show up at a meeting.Why are the dems just rolling over and playing dead?

  3. CW says:

    What are we to make of the fact that these are very small amounts of money in the grand scheme of things?

  4. GFW says:

    CW: Politicians have a surprisingly low price at which they prostitute themselves.

  5. Zetetic says:

    @ GFW:
    A minor correction…
    Politicians seem to have a surprisingly low price for their loyalty.

    While there is no hard evidence in this case, I wouldn’t rule out secret offshore “retirement” accounts.

  6. CW says:

    GFW: That strikes me as too simple an explanation. I mean, $280K? If all the climateprogress.org readers chipped in six or seven bucks each we’d equal or beat that. But even if we did, it’s not as if they’d take our money and start talking about how urgent it is to take action to reduce emissions. There’s obviously gotta be more to the story and CP should talk about how it is that these paltry figures influence to the extent that they do. Zetetic’s explanation is plausible. We need more though.

  7. Zetetic says:

    @ CW:
    I agree that more investigate reporting seems to need to be done on many of the politicians involved, especially those that have become turn-coats for the economic and environmental well-being of the USA. Unfortunately such reporting often takes time and resources.

    ———————————————————————————————-

    As you stated the question is why the change in others like Upton… Maybe his old position was an act? Maybe he just really craves any sort of higher position and doesn’t care what he has to do to get it? Bribes? Who knows….but the answer should be enlightening, and may help point to better short term tactics.

    But for long term tactics, a couple of things that I’ve though might help create progress on the AGW front are…

    1) Offering job training for many of the workers that might lose their jobs in the fossil fuel industries.

    2) I personally think that the “ Cap and Fade ” approach suggested by James Hansen would be both more effective, simpler to institute, and much easier to promote to the general public than the generally proposed Cap-and-Trade system.

    Investigating the motives behind the denialism is important (especially in the short term), but IMO the long run needs to be one by a better appealing of the benefits to the public and showing that the Democrats are concerned about the consequences to those in impacted industries. I don’t think that the Dems have been “playing” a good game there.

    The Republicans have been very good about using the “stick” of immediate fears (as opposed to distant and “theoretical” concerns) on the public. The Dems need to counter with a more immediate “carrot” of the benefits, like in the “Cap-and-Fade” proposal.

    At least that’s my amateur opinion. ;)

  8. Bern says:

    CW: note the comments about advertising in the 2010 campaign. Get a big industry group on-side, and you might find your election campaign advertising fund effectively doubles or triples in size… and that’s in addition to campaign fund donations.

  9. Mulga Mumblebrain says:

    In Australia a favourite mechanism for paying off a loyal political stooge is the retirement ‘consultancy’. The politician retires, joins a ‘merchant bank’ (allowing a good laugh on rhyming slang lines that he or she has finally been conclusively exposed as a ‘merchant banker’)who seem to handle the flows of dodgy money for much of the parasite class, and get a lazy million or so, per year, for their ‘experience’ and ‘contacts’. It’s a sort of post hoc corruption, but don’t ever say so, because our libel laws are nearly as brutal as those in the UK. Some other political humbugs get amazing business ‘insider’ opportunities which feeds their egos as great ‘businessmen’.Then there are the massive sums paid for mind-numbing auto-hagiographies that are immediately remaindered and for after dinner chats to businessmen, masquerading as oratory. I believe Blair has turned over tens of millions through these scams. It makes all those ritual denunciations of ‘corruption’ amongst the untermenschen in China, India, Africa and all the other swarthy lands that much more ridiculous and cynical.

  10. Pythagoras says:

    Nucor has a mill located in Seattle on the waterfront.

    http://www.nucorbar.com/Locations.aspx?i=9

    Here is what the website says about the mill:

    “Nucor Steel Seattle is a proud member of the Nucor Bar Mill Group. Since 1904 our facility once proclaimed as “Seattle Little Pittsburgh” has continually strived to be the safest, community oriented, environmentally responsible, and profitable business we can be. Our customer base is spread throughout the Pacific Northwest, northern California and Canada. We have the flexibility to deliver on hundreds of grades, shapes and lengths to fit your specific application.”

    If one uses the Seattle facility as an example, Nucor should have no problem meeting the rules since it uses Seattle City Light’s hydropower generated electricity to power its electric arc furnace.

  11. Mulga #7.

    Spot on as always. And of course over here we have a Chancellor of the Exchequer putting another 800 million charge on banks. 800 million is chicken feed compared to the billions in profit the banks extract from the populace at large in charges, many slipped in under so called ‘improved account arrangements’.

    Meanwhile local authorities are making cuts to libraries, already stripped of most books on the sciences, and sports facilities especially swimming pools which will adversely affect the lives of the disadvantaged. After all bankers and their associates in government can afford to use expensive sports clubs, gyms and spas.

    There is a petition going over here to persuade the Chancellor to stop using tax dodges to avoid paying £1.6 million:

    “Pay Your Taxes, George”

    George Osborne likes to say “we’re all in this together.” But last week, Channel 4 revealed that he’s avoiding paying tax. He pays accountants to help him find loopholes which Channel 4 reckon will help him dodge £1.6million. These kind of “legal tax dodges” cost the rest of us billions.

    Another plan in the works is for the government to sell off swaths of forest to private entities with a petition against that at that same site above.

    This Conservative led administration seems keen to roll out much legislature that will push more money to their backers, and as fast as possible before the public dissatisfaction dam bursts and they get booted out by a vote of no confidence.

  12. @6 You have a sound point. Raise the money through a PAC and you will find that the PAC money is a small part of being the party of people who actually agree with the climate deniers.

    @7 Readers in parts of the world where climate deniers can hide behind libel laws might consider that thanks to the internet Oz News or whatever can perfectly well operate in the USA behind American business partners and American libel laws. As anonymous has demonstrated, even a dictator has issues hiding his misdeeds such as climate denial from his people.

  13. J Bowers says:

    America’s becoming a pollutocracy.

    Other news; WikiLeaks cables: Saudi Arabia cannot pump enough oil to keep a lid on prices

    US diplomat convinced by Saudi expert that reserves of world’s biggest oil exporter have been overstated by nearly 40%

    Put this alongside Royal Dutch|Shell findings from an audit that their estimates of reserves were actually ~42% lower than thought, and not a single independent audit of all OPEC countries reserves (P90) has been made (they refuse to do so) while their P90 estimates fluctuate more than BP’s share values, and it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to suspect that we could be headed for an oil crash that would make the 2008 banking collapse look like someone broke their piggy bank and the coins rolled down a drain.

  14. Tim L. says:

    The GOP: a wholly-owned subsidiary of Koch Industries.

  15. PurpleOzone says:

    Meanwhile, back in the real world where people have to eat, the UN is reporting that the failures in China’s grain crop (NYT) due to droughts may force China to buy grain on the world market.

    On top of the failure of this year and next year’s Russian grain crop, and world food prices at an all time high.

    Guess the Committee doesn’t have to eat.

  16. Lewis W. says:

    Someone hit on the perception of a pittance in another thread. It isn’t the pittance donations but the threat that they’ll fund a challenger to their seat at not pittance levels. It appears not only that Citizens United allows corporations to buy politicians but to buy them for ‘free.’

    Of course there is also the likelihood of secret or hidden donations and simple old fashioned blackmail. Which given the state of the media doesn’t really need to be ‘real’ either. A representative that doesn’t toe the line could be convicted in the court of public opinion before any genuine investigation into the facts of the allegations is begun.

  17. Prokaryotes says:

    Koch brothers now at heart of GOP power
    The billionaire brothers’ influence is most visible in the makeup of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, where members have vowed to undo restrictions on greenhouse gases.

    Reporting from Washington — The billionaire brothers David and Charles Koch no longer sit outside Washington’s political establishment, isolated by their uncompromising conservatism. Instead, they are now at the center of Republican power, a change most evident in the new makeup of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

    Wichita-based Koch Industries and its employees formed the largest single oil and gas donor to members of the panel, ahead of giants like Exxon Mobil, contributing $279,500 to 22 of the committee’s 31 Republicans, and $32,000 to five Democrats.

    Nine of the 12 new Republicans on the panel signed a pledge distributed by a Koch-founded advocacy group — Americans for Prosperity — to oppose the Obama administration’s proposal to regulate greenhouse gases. Of the six GOP freshman lawmakers on the panel, five benefited from the group’s separate advertising and grass-roots activity during the 2010 campaign. http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-koch-brothers-20110206,0,1681069.story

  18. Prokaryotes says:

    Democracy Inaction: Koch Brother’s Money and Congress

    I won’t waste a lot of your time here, just please read this story in Sunday’s LA Times.

    It reports in comprehensive detail the tale of the two brothers’ horrifically outsized influence over American politics.

    I’ve blogged on the Koch’s a bunch of times before, here and here, and there is great coverage out there of Charles and David, particularly Jane Mayer’s profile of Manhattan socialite David Koch (Charles lives in Wichita, where Koch Industries–the nation’s second most valuable privately held company–is based). The two are reportedly worth over $21 billion each.

    The LA Times article lays bare the Koch’s purchase of power, through their own donations, their pet astroturf group–Americans For Prosperity–and the contributions of their employees. http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/tspencer/democracy_inaction_koch_brothe.html

  19. Prokaryotes says:

    Real-life Darth Vader/ Emperor Palpatine duo now in charge of U.S. energy policy

    The bad news is that we now have a political climate in Congress that could only be more lethal to action on clean energy and climate change if it were made out of mustard gas. The worse news is that the reason things have gotten to this sorry state is that a pair of aging billionaires who are the closest thing this country has to evil incarnate are spending liberally from their giant pots o’ gold, establishing a sort of shadow GOP that takes on many of the roles that would previously have been the sole purview of national and state parties.

    http://www.grist.org/article/2011-02-07-real-life-darth-vade-emperor-palpatine-duo-now-in-charge-of-u.s

    Koch is Anti Democratic and follows a secret Communist Agenda

  20. Prokaryotes says:

    Anti-Abortion Group’s “Pimp” Stunt Targets Planned Parenthood

    The group, Live Action, claims the video shows Planned Parenthood employees “offering guidance on how the pimp’s underage girls can get insurance through tax payer funded programs …

    In a statement, a Planned Parenthood spokesperson says, “We have reviewed the tapes, and the conversation as portrayed is not accurate. These tapes are part of a nationwide campaign by this group. Unlike other publicized tapes, the hoax patients in New York were not able to get beyond the reception desk for a private consultation.

    For those keeping score at home, Live Action was founded by anti-abortion activist Lila Rose, who collaborated on the idea to infiltrate clinics with O’Keefe. Media Matters follows the money: “Lila Rose’s anti-choice activism began with a grant from Morton Blackwell’s Leadership Institute, which has been training young right-wingers for leadership roles for more than 30 years… I recently attended one of the Institute’s breakfast meetings with news-makers; the speaker was Tim Phillips, president of the Americans for Prosperity Foundation, the astroturf group founded and chaired by David Koch. Phillips, you see, is a graduate of the Institute, as are many right-wing luminaries.” http://gothamist.com/2011/02/08/anti-abortion_groups_pimp_stunt_tar.php

    Surprise, “Hoax’ers” and David Koch again …

  21. Zetetic says:

    @ Prokaryotes #20:

    Not surprising considering what a dishonest scumbag O’Keefe is.

    I see it as likely to be the vanguard of an further attack by Republicans on the reproductive rights of women. Get some juicy footage on Fox to play up, ignore the fact the it was faked, then use it as justification to restrict abortion and other forms of family planning.

    After the Republicans attempt to de-fund abortions for rape victims got too much negative attention, they seem to be “regrouping” for another push.

  22. J Bowers says:

    A leaked invitation to the [Rancho Mirage] retreat, which finished yesterday, informed guests that they were meeting “to review strategies for combating the multitude of public policies that threaten to destroy America as we know it”. These apocalyptic threats included “climate change alarmism and the move to socialised health care”, as well as “the regulatory assault on energy”. In his covering note on the invitation Charles asked: “If not us, who? If not now, when?””

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/why-liberals-are-rising-up-against-the-koch-brothers-2200191.html

  23. Prokaryotes says:

    He uses unjustified rhetoric, he basically is a liar.
    This grumpy old man should enjoy his last years and do one thing and one thing only – to STFU!

    All his arguments are just smoke and hot air when plotted to the best what the entire world science community has to offer.

    So again, STFU Charles, David and whom ever follows these cliff jumpers!

  24. catman306 says:

    Good thing warmers are peace loving, law abiding citizens. Dark side deniers have no such restrictions. So they win the battles but will lose the war. Everybody loses the war.

  25. Prokaryotes says:

    Pollution and Resource Fines
    In March 1999, Koch Petroleum Group, a Koch Industries subsidiary, pled guilty to charges that it had negligently dumped hundreds of thousands of gallons of aviation fuel into wetlands near the Mississippi River from its refinery in Rosemount, Minnesota, and that it had also illegally dumped a million gallons of high-ammonia wastewater onto the ground and into the Mississippi River. Koch Petroleum paid the Dakota County Park System a $6 million fine and $2 million in remediation costs, and was ordered to serve three years of probation.[31]
    In 1999, a federal jury found that Koch Industries had stolen oil from government and American Indian lands, had lied about its purchases more than 24,000 times, and was fined $553,504.[32]
    In January 2000, Koch Industries subsidiary, Koch Pipeline, agreed to a $35 million settlement with the U.S. Justice Department and the State of Texas. This settlement, including a $30 million civil fine, was incurred for the firm’s three hundred oil spills in Texas and five other states going back to 1990.[33][34][35] The spills resulted in more than three million gallons of crude oil leaking into ponds, lakes, streams and coastal waters.[36]
    In 2001, the company reached two settlements with the government. In April, the company reached a $20 million settlement in exchange for admitting to covering up environmental violations at its refinery in Corpus Christi, Texas.[37][38] That May, Koch Industries paid $25 million to the federal government to settle a federal lawsuit that found the company had improperly taken more oil than it had paid for from federal and Indian land.[39][40]
    In June 2003, the US Commerce Department fined Koch Industries subsidiary Flint Hill Resources a $200,000 civil penalty. The fine settled charges that the company exported crude petroleum from the US to Canada without proper US government authorization. The Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security said from July 1997 to March 1999, Koch Petroleum (later called Flint Hill Resources) committed 40 violations of Export Administration Regulations.[41]
    In 2006, Koch Industries’ subsidiary Flint Hill Resources was fined nearly $16,000 by the EPA for 10 separate violations of the Clean Air Act at its Alaska oil refinery facilities, and required to spend another $60,000 on safety equipment needed to help prevent future violations.[42]
    In 2007, Koch Nitrogen’s plant in Enid, Oklahoma, was listed as the third highest company releasing toxic chemicals in Oklahoma, according to the EPA, ranking behind Perma-Fix Environmental Services in Tulsa and Weyerhaeuser Co. in Valliant.[43] The facility produces about 10% of the US national production of anhydrous ammonia, as well as urea and UAN.[44]
    In 2009, Koch subsidiary Invista agreed to pay a $1.7 million civil penalty and spend up to $500 million to correct self-reported environmental violations at its facilities in seven states.[45][46] Prior to the settlement, the company had disclosed to the EPA more than 680 violations after auditing 12 facilities acquired from DuPont in 2004
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Koch_Industries

  26. Prokaryotes says:

    WTF – In 1999, a federal jury found that Koch Industries had stolen oil from government and American Indian lands, had lied about its purchases more than 24,000 times

  27. Prokaryotes says:

    WTF – In June 2003, the US Commerce Department fined Koch Industries subsidiary Flint Hill Resources a $200,000 civil penalty. The fine settled charges that the company exported crude petroleum from the US to Canada without proper US government authorization.

    Just, Wow for this pattern of pathological lies.

  28. Chris Winter says:

    Ah, Prokaryotes… WTF means “wasting the future,” right?

  29. Chris Winter says:

    Somewhat related: Representatives from Florida and Utah are pushing a measure to cut all climate change funding from NASA. It would apparently be redirected to a new version of the previously cancelled Ares 1 rocket — which is where the Utah rep. comes in — and to keep the KSC workforce going.

    http://nasawatch.com/archives/2011/02/movement-afoot.html
    Movement Afoot To Drop Climate Change From NASA
    By Keith Cowing on February 8, 2011 3:05 PM 23 Comments

  30. Prokaryotes says:

    Wikileaks Task Force? :eek:

  31. Mulga Mumblebrain says:

    Lionel A Smith #11, have you seen George Monbiot’s article on Cameron’s tax scam for the banksters, with regard to repatriated profits from overseas. It’s a beauty! Without doubt Cameron represents a real intensification of brutal class war, now taking a ruthlessly xenophobic path with his declaration of war against ‘multiculturalism’,and his Orwellian insistence that all his little Englanders think along correct lines, ie his. The neo-feudal project of destroying UK society, reducing the serfs to poverty and impotence, transferring as much money as feasible to the rich like himself and his Cabinet is meeting a good deal of resistance. So it’s time for a jolly diversion, a daemon figure to divert the rabble, and who better than the evil Musselmen? The steady downward trajectory in character and morality of our Rightwing masters is gathering pace. With people like this in charge of the world, honestly, do you think we stand a hope of salvation?