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03/23/2011 01:51 PM     print story email story  

Koch Industries Handles 25 Percent of Canada Tar Sand Oil

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It turns out the Koch Brothers have a very good reason to spend millions of dollars to get Americans to question the validity of climate change. One of their businesses handles about 25% of tar sands imports into the US - they're one of the biggest refiners of Alberta oil sands crude oil.

Koch subsidiary, Flint Hills Resources, operates a Minnesota refinery that's capable of processing 320,000 barrels of crude a day, about four-fifths of which is sourced from Alberta.

They don't want clean energy laws to impact those operations.

Separating oil from tar sands requires huge amounts of water and energy (much more than conventional refining), resulting in much higher greenhouse gas emissions. Tar sand refineries would be early targets of greenhouse gas regulations, which is why they're trying so hard to handcuff the EPA.

While the Koch Brothers say regulations would kill jobs, what they would actually do is force them to invest in cleaner technologies.

They also lobbied hard against more stringent fuel standards for vehicles, which were finally passed by the Obama Administration when he first took office. By 2016, vehicles will have to average 35 miles per gallon, which will reduce our dependence on oil and save people many millions of dollars at the pump.

Koch Industries was virtually unknown to the public until last spring when Greenpeace released a report detailing how the conglomerate had funneled tens of millions of dollars between 2005 and 2008 to groups skeptical that climate change exists.

As more reports surfaced about Koch Industries -- notably a lengthy New Yorker expose in August -- the company's growing political influence gained national attention.

The brothers are now widely thought to be one of the driving forces behind the Tea Party movement, founding an advocacy group called Americans for Prosperity, which has provided critical funding and logistical support. Americans for Prosperity played a lead role in the Republican takeover of congress in last December's midterm elections. Budgeting $45 million for political advocacy, the group ran hard-hitting radio and TV ads throughout the year extremely critical of Democrat congressmen, especially those who'd endorsed national climate-change laws.

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Website: http://www.alternet.org/story/150336/kochs_profit_from_canadian_eco-nightmare?page=entire



Reader Comments (4)

Author:
Lesley Kinney

Date Posted:
03/24/11 12:06 PM

i find it odd that your website carries adverts for AT&T

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Author:
stephan weaver

Date Posted:
03/24/11 02:05 PM

typical Marxian determinism here -- economics determines ideology, not the other way around. Same for the spurious comment about Kock being a "driving force behind the Tea Movement." Charles Koch has many counterexamples to this if anybody cares to think, e.g. for instance their attack on ethanol -- one of their profitable business. Thank god for Koch!

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USA A OK

Date Posted:
06/17/11 04:35 PM

[2:05:02 AM] craigus76: Melting pot of over indulgence, greed and the depiction of micro societies breeding out of control disconnected and over powered beliefs doomed to have a consequence...... more than what 9/11 delivered.

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USA OK

Date Posted:
06/17/11 04:37 PM

Feeding a demand for the stupid and ignorant, I can do without the shit that is harmful and exploitive to the environment, but I am forced into it by our society and way of living.

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