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Hauling the Koch brothers into Congress

3:59 pm in Uncategorized by Robert Greenwald

Imagine Charles and David Koch testifying, under oath, in Congress.

Even though the billionaire oil industry brothers continue trying to dodge accountability, Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) invited the Koch brothers to testify and answer a few simple questions about how the Kochs are positioned to gain financially by the Keystone XL oil pipeline, a 1,700-mile long boondoggle that would make the Koch brothers even richer.

There’s ample evidence linking the Kochs’ business to the Canadian tar sands, which is the dirtiest energy in North America. Indeed, the Koch brothers’ stand to be among the pipeline’s biggest beneficiaries. Even the Koch brothers’ website confesses to being a party to tar sands oil.

The Koch brothers are doing whatever they can to avoid testifying in Congress, despite the fact that the Kochs informed the Canadian government of their “direct and substantial” interest in the pipeline. Waxman has been trying to get answers from the Koch brothers since last spring, but the Kochs have not cooperated.

At the same time, the Kochs’ allies in Congress are doing their best to stonewall oversight. This outcome doesn’t surprise me one bit given the Koch brothers’ near-monopoly on the influential and powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee. According to the Los Angeles Times, Koch Industries and its employees are the single largest oil and gas donors to the committee. They’ve contributed $279,500 to 22 of the committee’s 31 Republicans and $32,000 to five Democrats. Talk about the best democracy money can buy! Read the rest of this entry →

Hidden Koch Brother Abuse Exposed in the Keystone XL Oil Pipeline

1:55 pm in Uncategorized by Robert Greenwald

Uncovered emails between lobbyists and oversight officials in the Obama administration reveal new pay-to-play tactics favored by Charles and David Koch, the billionaire brothers who donate millions to promote an anti-government agenda.

The brothers stand to make a fortune from an international oil pipeline that’s making headlines for its divisiveness and the shady tactics its developers are using. We have been exposing the Koch brothers‘ involvement in the Keystone XL oil pipeline and we continue the fight to protect American homes and farmland.

The Keystone pipeline is dangerous for so many reasons that it’s hard for media reports to capture them all. Through their subsidiaries and refineries, the Koch brothers are positioned to grow their ever-expanding profits if the pipeline is approved. Read the rest of this entry →

Will President Obama side with the Koch brothers or American families?

7:55 pm in Uncategorized by Robert Greenwald

Charles Koch, one of our country’s most prolific conservative donors, was recorded praising his oil, energy and Wall Street friends who contributed millions of dollars to his political causes. That Koch likely referred to President Obama as Saddam Hussein and framed the upcoming election as the “mother of all wars” overshadowed the real news.

There’s disclosure about the Koch brothers secret strategy sessions. The recording at the center of the controversy was taken from the most recent Koch seminar in June, and we now know the litany of polluting tycoons and industrialists who are allied with the Kochs in ideology and corporate greed.

And like the Koch brothers, this millionaire and billionaire club stands to gain from the hazardous and unnecessary Keystone XL oil pipeline, which passed a critical assessment in Hillary Clinton’s State Department.

The billionaire brothers are the subject of our activist community that’s taking action to stop the Kochs on this controversy and other critical policies that affect our society and health. Read the rest of this entry →