“ExxonMobil, the world’s biggest oil company, knew as early as 1981 of climate change – seven years before it became a public issue, according to a newly discovered email from one of the firm’s own scientists. Despite this the firm spent millions over the next 27 years to promote climate denial.”
I recently wrote a post about the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) accepting a $25 million grant from Koch Industries Inc. and the Charles Koch Foundation on June 6 of this year. Well, it looks like I’m not the only one who thinks this was a foolish, hypocritical move on the part of the UNCF. Buzzfeed.com says:
By Robert A. Vella
Brave New Films is releasing their new documentary film about the infamous Koch brothers tonight free on the internet.
Watch it here (a live-stream feed of their press event begins at 3:15 pm PDT): KOCH BROTHERS EXPOSED: 2014 Edition
Read Brave New Films founder and president Robert Greenwald’s article today in the Daily Kos: Exposing the Koch Brothers and the Price We all Pay
So you think the government shutdown happened because of some last minute crisis? That’s wrong- it’s was planned well in advance by the ultra-conservative Tea Party and its followers, including groups like Tea Party Patriots, Americans for Prosperity, FreedomWorks, and Club for Growth, a business-backed nonprofit organization. Others are Generation Opportunity, Young Americans for Liberty, the Heritage Action and the Heritage Foundation. The billionaire Koch brothers, Charles and David, have been deeply involved with financing the overall effort.
Think this is just some crazy, paranoid conspiracy? It isn’t- it’s been reported in the New York Times. See for yourself.
Recently The New Yorker reported that public television backed out of airing the documentary Citizen Koch — just because they were afraid of upsetting billionaire donor David Koch. David Koch has donated $23 million as a board member of two flagship PBS stations, WNET in New York and WGBH in Boston.
Public television was founded to support the public interest, not to cater to the private interests of wealthy donors like the Koch brothers. Directed by Academy Award-nominated filmmakers, Citizen Koch exposes the outsize role of money in American politics, from the Kochs and other major political spenders. This is exactly the kind of dialogue that public television was founded to foster, regardless of whether or not a powerful donor is happy about it.
Public television should end the self-censorship and air Citizen Koch!
To sign the petition, click here.
Earlier this month, Google hosted a $2,500-a-plate fundraiser for one of the world’s most powerful climate change deniers, Senator Jim Inhofe.
And just two weeks before that, Google poured $50,000 into the coffers of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, a right-wing think tank that is also funded by the likes of the Koch brothers and ExxonMobil to put out faux “studies” that are used by policy-makers to deny climate change exists.
Simply put, Google is actively helping to fund the re-election of a senator who dismisses climate change as a “hoax”, and who even goes to far as to say that global warming, should it exist, is actually good because it adds to our economy.
Google’s support of CEI is just as harmful; the institute once ran ads saying that carbon dioxide is a positive factor in the environment and is best known for arguing that global warming is not a concern. CEI also launched multiple lawsuits aimed at discrediting the science behind climate change.
This is ridiculous! Almost all scientists agree that global warming/climate change is real and is happening as we speak. There is an enormous amount of data supporting global warming, and more being amassed daily. So why is Google doing this? Maybe to secure kickbacks from the ultra-wealthy, be they climate deniers or not. Either way, what they’re doing will have a detrimental impact on the environment. Let’s tell them that we know it’s wrong.
Tell Google: Stop funding climate change deniers. Sign the petition at action.sumofus.org.