Money may not be able to buy happiness, but Charles and David Koch, billionaire brothers who made their fortune in fossil fuels (Koch Industries), certainly show a lot of passion in funding climate change denial propaganda to serve their own interests.
In March 2010 Greenpeace published a report entitled “Koch Industries: Secretly Funding the Climate Denial Machine”, outlining the Koch Brother's activities.
But climate change denial is not the only action they undertake, because they also wage a war against current US President Obama, as the New Yorker Magazine reported last August. They are mayor donors of the right wing “Tea Party Movement”, which scored unprecedented victories in the US midterm elections last November.
Surprisingly, though, David Koch is on record saying that he was unconvinced that global warming has been caused by human activity. Even if it has been, he said, the heating of the planet will be beneficial, resulting in longer growing seasons in the Northern Hemisphere. “The Earth will be able to support enormously more people because far greater land area will be available to produce food”, he said. Making such a statement, Koch of course ignores the devastating effects of climate change in third world countries. This shows the ignorance on behalf of the billionaire brothers.
Greenpeace USA was confronting the Koch brothers last Friday, 28th of January 2011, and launched their airship with a banner reading “Koch Brothers: Dirty Money” over Rancho Mirage, California as they convened their latest secret political strategy meeting at a resort in that town.
Greenpeace states: “In conjunction with today's airship action, Greenpeace has also obtained and analyzed tax forms from the various Koch charitable foundations. These records show that in 2009, the oil billionaires gave an additional $6.4 million to front groups and think tanks that spread inaccurate and misleading information about climate science and clean energy policies.”
While Koch industries and their Big Oil cronies met in a fancy resort, thousands of activists gathered outside to listen to Van Jones, Robert Reich, Jim Hightower and other grassroots leaders as they reveal some of the shocking details of the Koch's influence. More than 1000 people joined the protests and 25 people were arrested, according to the Huffington Post.
The US magazine Politico also reported on the secretive meeting.
Democracy Now! also reported about the Koch Brothers last August: http://www.democracynow.org/2010/8/25/the_new_yorker___billionaire
Check out the special at the Greenpeace USA website about the Koch Brothers: