By now you’re probably familiar with Koch Industries, a major polluter that’s involved with just about every kind of unsustainable industry – oil, gas, coal, chemicals, cattle, forestry, and synthetics.
They’re behind much of the right wing organizing that won Republicans the majority across the states and in the House through extremely well-funded misinformation campaigns of such front organizations as Americans for Prosperity.
Hundreds of news stories have pointed to the Koch’s as developing an enormous propoganda machine who’s goal is to corrupt American politics to reward their pollution-based enterprise.
Eliminating unions has been widely reported as a key push for the Koch brothers and is behind Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s notorious attempt to crush Wisconsin’s public sector unions.
What has been less widely reported is that as soon as Walker entered office, he cut environmental regulations and appointed a Republican known for her disregard for environmental regulations to lead the Department of Natural Resources. Walker is opposed to clean energy job policies that might draw workers away from Koch-owned interests.
The Koch political poison has spread across the nation. Robocalls from Koch’s Americans for Prosperity group flooded New Hampshire in support of a bill to repeal participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), which has cut greenhouse pollution and created 1,130 jobs as a result of energy efficiency benefits.
Americans for Prosperity climate deniers in New Jersey are trying to kill RGGI there as well. Koch’s main man in Congress, Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS) was the one who inserted the amendment to slash EPA funding in the House GOP’s already wildly anti-environment budget. Koch’s many subsidiaries have filed challenges against health and environmental rules from toxic chemical disclosure to dumping in streams.