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Greenpeace Climate Crime Unit Pursues Oil Billionaire David Koch in New York City

Letter Seeks Response to Unanswered Questions about Koch Brothers in funding Climate Denial Machine

NEW YORK - Greenpeace's Climate Crime Unit investigation into oil
billionaires David and Charles Koch and their funding of climate denial
organizations continued today at the David H Koch Theatre in New York
City. Greenpeace's Climate Crime Unit's green squad cars were deployed
to the Koch Theatre where investigators removed a dead "polar bear" in a
Greenpeace emergency vehicle.

"David and Charles Koch have refused to address key questions
about their destructive role in funding the climate denial propaganda
industry," said Greenpeace Research Director Kert Davies, "The Koch
Brothers can't keep hiding behind front groups like Americans for
Prosperity and the Cato Institute forever."

The Climate Crime Scene action follows the release last week of
Greenpeace's report, "Koch Industries: Secretly Funding the Climate
Denial Machine" (

The Koch Report details the role of oil conglomerate Koch Industries and
its owners Charles and David Koch in obstructing clean energy and
climate policy by funding climate denial organizations, direct federal
lobbying, and PAC spending to support candidates for federal office. 
David Koch and his brother Charles Koch are the two principal
shareholders of Koch Industries, an oil supply and refining company that
is one of the largest private corporations in the US.

Yesterday, Greenpeace delivered a letter to David and Charles Koch
seeking a response to unanswered questions and offering an opportunity
for the Koch brothers to explain their funding of organizations that
distort climate science and oppose climate and clean energy policies.

"Given your interest in an "intellectually honest debate", are you
willing to participate in an open debate at the National Press Club on
your role in funding climate denial organizations and think tanks?"
asked Davies in the letter, which was delivered to David Koch's
Manhattan office.

Greenpeace's letter to Charles and David Koch is available at


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