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In Ironic Christmas Card, Koch-Backed Group Labels Itself Ebenezer Scrooge

By Stephen Lacey

"In Ironic Christmas Card, Koch-Backed Group Labels Itself Ebenezer Scrooge"

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Americans for Prosperity, the Tea Party organization founded and partly funded by the oil billionaire Koch Brothers, is leading the charge against federal renewable energy investments — even while vigorously defending permanent tax subsidies for the oil and gas industry.

So AFP’s mock Christmas card featuring the stingy, cranky Ebenezer Scrooge disparaging wind tax credits illustrates the organization’s stance perfectly:

While voters overwhelmingly back government support of renewable energy and a transition away from fossil fuels, Americans for Prosperity sits scowling in the dark, attempting to protect the fossil fuel industry’s subsidies under the guise of the “free market.”

AFP is known for its cheesy campaigns. This election season, the group sold drivers $1.84-per-gallon gas in key swing states in an attempt to convince voters that President Obama was responsible for the increase in the price of gasoline. Of course, presidents don’t set gas prices — and “apathetic voters” weren’t swayed by the campaign.

And over the summer, AFP bussed in conservatives to protest a gathering where children were flying kites in support of wind power. Yes, the group actually protested children flying kites.

This Christmas card is the very definition of Poe’s Law.

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8 Responses to In Ironic Christmas Card, Koch-Backed Group Labels Itself Ebenezer Scrooge

  1. Greatgrandma Kat says:

    Need one that shows the ghost of christmas future and what that will look like if we continue to support big oil and the use of fossil fuels. Not that far in the future either the impacts will become the only story for the ghost of christmas present.

    • Mulga Mumblebrain says:

      Let us pray that the Kochtopus suffers the fate of the Christmas goose, for geese they certainly are.

  2. Nell says:

    I’m sure the Koch brothers are stockpiling stuff to weather the storm they must know is coming. Perhaps they think they’ll rule in the dystopian world that they envison, the one resulting from climate chaos?

    Shudder.

  3. peter whitehead says:

    Best bit in ‘A Christmas Carol’ – Scrooge notices something moving under the cloak of the Ghost of Christmas Present. The Ghost explains “The boy is ignorance, the girl is want – fear them both, but fear the boy most”

  4. BillD says:

    I took a look at their website–merrytaxmas.org. I hope that they did not spend a lot of money on this campaign. Oh, maybe it would be good if they wasted more money or at least kept busy in such an ineffective way.

  5. At one time, there was a young guy going around Libertarian conferences with a guitar, billed as the Libertarian Troubadour.
    http://crazydana.blogspot.com/2007/04/danas-been-around-long-time.html

    Of course, it was all backed by Charles Koch. Now, the Libertarian Troubadour is a Republican in Congress and on key committees.

    Dana Rohrabacker is in key places to protect the interests of the his mentors. At the time I wrote the post liked above, we had a good run at him with Debbie Cook (Now with Post Carbon Institute). It is too bad that she lost.

  6. Darl says:

    All that those gasoline price cuts did was to prove categorically and beyond a shadow of a doubt that gas prices are fixed by the oil industry. Not the government or even the market.

  7. dam spahn says:

    Bring on the ghosts!