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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Greenpeace: Koch Industries Secretly Funding the Climate Denial Machine

Koch Industries: Secretly Funding the Climate Denial Machine

Explore Koch's Web of Dirty Money and Influence
Billionaire oilman David Koch likes to joke that Koch Industries is "the biggest company you've never heard of." But the nearly $50 million that David Koch and his brother Charles have quietly funneled to climate-denial front groups that are working to delay policies and regulations aimed at stopping global warming is no joking matter.

Charles G. Koch and David H. Koch have a vested interest in delaying climate action: they've made billions from their ownership and control of Koch Industries, an oil corporation that is the second largest privately-held company in America (which also happens to have an especially poor environmental record). It's time more people were aware of Charles and David Koch and just what they're up to.

Greenpeace has released the report "Koch Industries: Secretly Funding the Climate Denial Machine" to expose the connections between these climate denial front groups and the secretive billionaires who are funding their efforts. The Koch brothers, their family members, and their employees direct a web of financing that supports conservative special interest groups and think-tanks, with a strong focus on fighting environmental regulation, opposing clean energy legislation, and easing limits on industrial pollution. This money is typically funneled through one of three "charitable" foundations the Kochs have set up: the Claude R. Lambe Foundation; the Charles G. Koch Foundation; and the David H. Koch Foundation.

Download the report

Use the interactive web tool to explore Koch's Web of Dirty Money and Influence, or download the whole "Koch Industries: Secretly Funding the Climate Denial Machine" report as a PDF:Executive Summary - Koch Industries: Secretly Funding the Climate Denial Machine (PDF)Koch Industries: Secretly Funding the Climate Denial Machine (PDF)

Case Studies: How Does Koch Industries Influence the Climate Debate?

The report also features several case studies on how the Kochs' anti-climate propaganda is disseminated and echoed throughout its vast network of front groups. You can read those online as well:

Interact with the report

Click and drag anywhere in the graphic below to explore, or use the controls in the upper left. Clicking on any of the red dots will center the pop-up window. Please make sure to use the buttons to the right and below to share this page with your social networks and help us expose the front groups doing the Kochs' dirty work!

Greenpeace report cover: Koch Industries

How can you help?

By spreading the word to your networks on sites like Facebook and Twitter, you can make more people aware of who the Kochs are and unmask the "experts" who take money from them to write reports and appear on TV questioning the wisdom of taking action to save the climate.

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