Greenpeace Blows the Whistle on Koch Industries

by: Heather on 04/07/2010
Posted in: Climate Change

Greenpeace has released an extensive report alleging that Koch Industries, one of the largest private corporations in the US, has quietly funneled millions of dollars to climate-denial front groups that are working to delay policies and regulations aimed at stopping climate change. From funding conservative think tanks to direct federal lobbying, Koch appears to be pulling out all the stops to protect it's own interest by delaying climate action.

From the report:

[Koch is] playing a quiet but dominant role in a high-profile national policy debate on global warming. Koch Industries has become a financial kingpin of climate science denial and clean energy opposition. This private, out-of-sight corporation is now a partner to ExxonMobil, the American Petroleum Institute and other donors that support organizations and front-groups opposing progressive clean energy and climate policy. In fact, Koch has out-spent ExxonMobil in funding these groups in recent years. From 2005 to 2008, ExxonMobil spent $8.9 million while the Koch Industries controlled foundations contributed $24.9 million in funding to organizations of the ‘climate denial machine'.

Koch's activities are reminiscent of Big Tobacco in its heyday. In the report's Executive Summary Greenpeace concludes:

The combination of foundation-funded front-groups, big lobbying budgets, PAC donations, and direct campaign contributions makes Koch Industries and the Koch brothers among the most formidable obstacles to advancing clean energy and climate policy in the US.

Substitute "the tobacco lobby" for "Koch Industries and the Koch brothers" and replace the words "clean energy and climate policy" with "public health" - sounds familiar, doesn't it? How many deaths did it take before the FDA finally ignored the pathetic bleating of the industry and developed the political will to create meaningful and effective policies to regulate smoking? How long will it be until our governments refuse to be influenced by industry-funded climate skeptics and deniers and make a solid, no holds barred commitment to a low carbon, clean energy future?

If you are as disgusted by this as we are, and are looking for ways to address the climate crisis at the personal, community, national or even global level, check out Guy Dauncey's The Climate Challenge: 101 Solutions to Global Warming.

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