Sierra Club Launches Effort to Expose the Koch Brothers Billionare Family Blocks Protection of Air, Water

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Sierra Club Launches Effort to Expose the Koch Brothers Billionare Family Blocks Protection of Air, Water

PALM SPRINGS - In
anticipation of a “secret” meeting to be hosted in Palm Springs this
weekend by two infamously anti-environmental billionaire brothers, the
Sierra Club will launch a social media campaign with its 1.4 million members and supporters to expose the Koch brothers’ planned assault on public health.

Charles and David Koch are billionaire oil tycoons who were featured in a recent New Yorker piece
and are funding an enormous effort to roll back clean water and air
protections.  The brothers are expected to meet with wealthy friends and
corporate CEOs in the Southern California desert this weekend to plan
their agenda for the coming year – at the top of that list will be new
efforts to gut environmental safeguards and clean air and water
protections. 

The Sierra
Club is reaching out to its 1.4 million members and supporters using
social media tools including Facebook and Twitter to spread the word
about how the Koch brothers' agenda could increase cases of asthma,
hinder children’s brain development with toxic mercury and threaten
lives nationwide.

“Koch
Industries is one of the biggest polluters in America, so it’s not
surprising that they’ve spent millions blocking measures to protect our
air and water,” said Sierra Club executive director Michael Brune. “The
Kochs have also served as one of the biggest obstacles to our transition
to a clean energy economy. You can thank the Koch brothers for standing
in the way of new jobs in the wind, solar and efficiency industries.
They have a lot of money, and they’re not afraid to spend it to
influence politicians, fight public health safeguards and spread
misinformation about pollution and climate disruption.”

The Koch
brothers own a firm with revenues estimated at $100 billion and they are
out to expand their profits at the cost of Americans’ health.  A
University of Massachusetts study identified Koch Industries as one of
the top ten air polluters in the United States. From 2005 to 2008, the
Kochs vastly outspent even ExxonMobil in funding efforts against clean
energy legislation.

“We can’t
allow corporate polluters and oil tycoons to buy our government,” Brune
said.  “Americans need to know what the Koch brothers are up to, and we
need to let our lawmakers know that we won’t allow these two
billionaires to undermine environmental and public health safeguards for
profit.”

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The Sierra Club is the oldest and largest grassroots environmental organization in the United States. It was founded on May 28, 1892 in San Francisco, California by the well-known conservationist and preservationist John Muir, who became its first president. The Sierra Club has hundreds of thousands of members in chapters located throughout the US, and is affiliated with Sierra Club Canada.

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