Monday, March 22, 2010

Climate Criminals at Large

WANTED FOR CLIMATE CRIMES, libertarian John Bircher oil-billionaires who fund anti-science denier front groups even more than EXXOM.
From 2005 to 2008, the Koch Foundations provided over $24.8 million in funding to climate denial groups; ExxonMobil provided about $9.1 million to similar organizations over the same period.
Some of the most determined opponents of action on climate change in the U.S. are so-called libertarians, motivated by an ideological commitment to minimal government and "free market" laissez-faire capitalism. Their efforts on behalf of unregulated corporate wealth and power have been funded heavily by patrons in the fossil fuel industry. While ExxonMobil has drawn much attention for its patronage of global warming denialist activity by such groups, much less public attention has been paid to the activities of the multibillionaire brothers, Charles and David Koch, owners of Koch Industries. Koch Industries is the second largest private company in the U.S., with estimated 2008 revenues of $100 billion. Started as a petroleum business by their father Fred Koch, who was also a founder of the right-wing extremist John Birch Society, Koch Industries has become a diversified enterprise that funds large-scale lobbying and a range of libertarian policy and activist groups that play a significant role in the global warming denial machine.
Koch Industries multibillionaire Koch brothers bankroll attacks on climate change science and policy

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