Koch Industries Funding Anti-Climate Agenda, and Now Democratic Senators

Oil and gas giant Koch Industries is doling out more and more money to Democrats as it works to turn the polar ice caps into puddles in bipartisan fashion.  Formerly regarded as a staunchly Republican funding machine, Koch has given nearly 30 percent of its overall campaign dollars to Democrats so far this year. 

Some of that largesse ended up in the coffers of typically environment-friendly members, including Senators Max Baucus (D-MT) and Blanche Lincoln (D-AR).  As E&E News reports ($ubscription req’d) and The Wonk Room relays, Senator Lincoln has collected $10,000 so far this year from Koch Industries, and Senator Baucus has collected $5,000.

Why are Senators Lincoln and Baucus accepting this dirty energy money from Koch?  In the League of Conservation Voter’s scorecard of pro-environment members for the 2nd session of the last Congress, Senator Lincoln scored 91% and Senator Baucus scored 100%.  

Koch hasn’t had a change of heart or any moral epiphany about its contribution to global warming and planetary demise. So why are these Senators suddenly taking oil and gas money from one of the world’s worst polluters?

As we reported previously here at DeSmog Blog, Koch and its affiliates have funneled millions of dollars to industry front groups who contend that global warming is a liberal conspiracy rather than a scientifically proven fact.  Koch-funded groups wage war on science and spout oil and gas industry lies to confuse people into believing that the status quo is just fine, which suits Koch’s oily bottom line perfectly.

Despite the increased donations to Democrats, Koch continues to pour money into fueling its right wing agenda.  Koch is bankrolling the astroturf groups Americans for Prosperity and FreedomWorks, two of the organizations orchestrating the racist, hate-fueled anti-Obama tea party protests.

By accepting Koch’s dirty energy money, Senators Lincoln and Baucus are helping to legitimize Koch’s efforts to attack President Obama, tea parties and all.


‘There are other groups that are interested in the issue of global warming and the concerns about its costs. Koch Industries is working with other large corporations including AEP and the Southern company, on possibly financing a film that would counteract An inconvenient Truth. KOCH has also decided to finance a coalition that very likely will be administered through the National Association of Manufacturers. The Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) has been running two ads in ten states that were financed by General Motors and the Ford Motor Company. CEI has a director on climate change and other employees working on the issue. We have met with KOCH, CEI and Dr. Michaels, and they meet among themselves periodically to discuss their activities.’

Quotation from the IREA letter http://www.realclimate.org/irea_letterJul06.pdf

C’mon. You aren’t going to tell us now that the small-potatoes organization IREA (187 employees in total) is now behind the efforts to stop action on AGW are you??

How much more ridiculous can the conspiracy minded get?

Limiting CO2 emissions does not solve the problem of climate regulation: according to the laws of nature will be cooling or warming in a cycle. Cooling leads to a reduction in favorable places for agriculture. Warming leads to an increase in storms, desertification in some places and flooding in certain areas. CO2 - this is an interim problem and solve problems should be in complex and on a higher intellectual level. If you compare the emissions from volcanic eruptions and emissions from the operation of industry, it will be understood that the main problem - not CO2. In addition, not only CO2 affects the environment and only a comprehensive approach can solve the problem of interaction between humans and the environment, of access to energy without harming the environment.