Washington Post : Koch Brothers Controlling The Climate Again

The first installment of The Post’s laudable “A Climate for Change” series of editorials pointed out that the debate on climate change has “devolved” and cited a number of reasons why Congress has failed to take action to reduce carbon emissions [“The certainty of climate change,” Aug. 25].

The editorial failed to mention one other key reason: The Koch brothers, Exxon Mobil and other fossil-fuel interests have bankrolled a multimillion-dollar campaign to confuse the public about the reality and seriousness of man-made global warming. The news media have played a role in spreading this disinformation. Since the early 2000s, news organizations have provided a platform for fossil-fuel-industry-funded think tanks, advocacy groups and politicians to make spurious claims about climate science. Reporters have relied on these public officials and groups to provide the “other side.” There is no other side.

How to change the climate on global warming – The Washington Post

The Koch Brothers must be using their money to pay Gaia to not produce any warming for the past 17 years, because I am still waiting on my first paycheck.

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21 Responses to Washington Post : Koch Brothers Controlling The Climate Again

  1. Pathway says:

    The truth is that the oil companies are paying protection money to the eco-nazis, but it isn’t buying much protection.

  2. mjc says:

    Let’s see…enviro groups have assets in the billions, get gov’t grants out the ears and seek more donations than a Pentecostal preacher holding a revival…on top of being granted nonprofit status.

    And, for the most part, the representatives of this group are media darlings with appearances where ever and when ever.

    Yet, we are supposed to believe that the message they are trying to get across is failing because a few million is being spent in opposition. That there’s no data, fact or truth to support it? That it’s just that there isn’t enough funding?

  3. Dave1billion says:

    BP Oil bought into the global warming thing decades ago. They saw the writing on the wall and decided to hedge their bets.

    So they’re willing to pay the Danegeld to keep the Vikings at bay.

    The problem with Danegeld is that it encourages the Vikings to come back for more next raiding season.

    • Gail Combs says:

      BP, Shell, and a Rockefeller Foundation FUNDED the building of the Climate Research Unit (CRU) at East Anglia. They were in on the ground floor. Heck Major stockholders of Shell (Prince Bernard and Prince Phillip) and the “Grand Old Man” of Shell were presidents of the World Wild Life Fund.

      The people with the $$$ and the political power are the ones calling the shots and always have. Everything else is window dressing to keep the sheeple from reaching for Madame Guillotine as they are being driven into a life style that is nasty brutish and short.

      The biggest problem for the elite who are buzy shearing the sheeple, is in keeping the sheeple from figuring out they are being sheared and getting nothing in return for their wealth that has been confiscated.

      Once you understand that hiding their wealth confiscation is the operating principle of the elite then everything else, including their support for ‘socialism’ becomes understandable.

      Fractional Reserve Banking
      The Bank bailouts
      the 2008 food crisis
      Grain subsidites
      Green Energy Subsidies
      massive regulations
      mandatory insurance
      banning of old products

      All funnel money into the pockets of the elite and bar the middle class from becoming competitors. Obamacare with its 50 employee limit does this in spades.

      … In many countries the distribution of income has become more unequal, and the top earners’ share of income in particular has risen dramatically. In the United States the share of the top 1 percent has close to tripled over the past three decades, now accounting for about 20 percent of total U.S. income (Alvaredo and others, 2012). – International Monetary Fund

  4. Joseph says:

    Do these people ever have any proof that (insert flat-earther here) is funding these so-called “confusion” campaigns?

    • Gamecock says:

      Zero receipts have been produced so far. Why wouldn’t you just take their word for it?

      • Gail Combs says:

        Zero receipts and Greenpeace has done lots and lots of digging.

        Mann was among the implicated scientists, and in December 2009, Marshall sent former UVA President John Casteen a FOIA requesting all of Mann’s e-mails. Mann left UVA for Penn State in 2005, and the University told Marshall that Mann’s e-mails no longer existed.

        “Please know that we had engineers in our department of information technology double-check the status of Mr. Mann’s e-mail account,” wrote Carol Wood, assistant vice president for public affairs, on December 17, 2009.

        Around the same time, the environmental advocacy group Greenpeace FOIA’d UVA for the e-mail correspondence of Pat Michaels as well as a retired professor, Fred Singer, both of whom who had talked up the implications of Climate-gate. Michaels, a former UVA climate professor, had resigned in 2007 after a controversy over whether he was the state climatologist and is now employed by the Cato Institute and George Mason University.

        According to Greenpeace, the only documents UVA released were Michaels’ CV and a spreadsheet listing three grants. Anything else, UVA told Greenpeace, would require a base charge of $4,000, regardless of what was produced, and no cap on how much it might cost.

        We were basically stonewalled by the University by and large, contrary to how several people have characterized it,” says Kert Davies, Greenpeace research director. “We didn’t get any e-mails.” He says the pursuit is on hold…..

        ROTFLMAO! $4,000 is peanuts to a group like Greenpeace who recently lost ~ £3m in currency speculation. “There was a deficit of € 6.8m against a budgeted deficit of € 2.6m. Much of this came from forward foreign currency contracts which contributed € 3.8m to the additional loss. These were intended to protect GPI from falls in the value of the Euro,. When the Euro strengthened significantly in the last quarter of the year, this measure incurred significant losses.” – COMBINED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS, Year ended 31 December 2013

        Especially when the University doubled the price for state Delegate Bob Marshall (R-Prince William).

        global warming skeptics were incensed at what they took to be unequal treatment, particularly after Cuccinelli came calling and UVA eventually found some of Mann’s information on a back-up server. Marshall submitted a new FOIA request, and UVA reportedly told him it would cost $8,000.

    • James the Elder says:

      The Kochs gave $150,000,000 for a hospital wing in NYC, but didn’t include renewables to power it. So there!!!!

  5. philjourdan says:

    Wapo is jealous. They actually earn money, Wapo has not for several years.

  6. kirkmyers says:

    Do the writers at WashPo do any research? There hasn’t been any global warming (according to the RSS and UAH datasets) in nearly 18 years, despite increasing CO2 levels. The entire AGW scare is based on general circulation models (GCMs), not on hard science. Computer modeling isn’t science.

    There is no substantitive experimental, observational, or historical data to support the increasingly panicky stories about an impending planetary meltdown. What we should be more concerned about it the collapse in solar activity (the lowest in nearly 200 years), which could foreshadow a long-term global cool-down, which would have a far more serious effect on humanity than the imagined negative impacts of warmer temperatures.

    • mjc says:

      Simple answer…no.

      Somewhat longer answer…journalistic research capabilities died years ago. They just use ‘reliable’ sources now, but in this case the reliable sources would probably be thrown out of a used car sales convention for lack of ethics, exaggeration, gross incompetence and less famiiliarity with the truth than anyone else there.

      • Gamecock says:

        Journalism died in the 1980s when the consultants told businesses they didn’t need middle management. The press got rid of their editors, turning journalists loose to write whatever they wanted to, without adult guidance.

        We could use Perry White again.

  7. duke1959 says:

    I worked for Koch Industries for about a year and a half. Lower level employee at an asphalt plant. All we did was provide the material (and sweat) to pave the roads so some earth loving Prius driver could have a smooth drive to his/her anti Koch Bros./capitalism rally.
    Koch Bros. tired of it and sold the plant to Holly Industries.

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