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Wanted: Climate Denial Kingpins and Their Accomplices

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Mike Gaworecki

You might recall that a couple weeks ago our squad of climate crime scene investigators was on the hunt for a secretive billionaire named David Koch.

Well it turns out Koch has accomplices. Lots of them.

Greenpeace report Koch Industries coverDavid Koch's chief partner in crime is his brother and fellow secretive billionaire Charles. But these two are not acting alone. They are the dons of a massive climate crime family. From 2005 to 2008, the Kochs handed out almost $25 million to groups actively opposing clean energy legislation, carbon emissions regulations, and other environmental policies - groups like the Cato Institute, the Heritage Foundation, and Americans for Prosperity, among many, many others.

To give you a frame of reference for that $25 million number: ExxonMobil only gave about $8.9 million to similar groups during that same period of time. You could say that the Koch Family has really muscled in on Exxon's climate denial racket.

So we've launched a new report entitled "Koch Industries: Secretly Funding the Climate Denial Machine" to make the Kochs and their cronies as notorious as Al Capone.

Here's how you can help:

  • Link the word "Koch" to our report, which can be found at www.greenpeace.org/kochindustries. Put up as many links as you can, everywhere and anywhere you can put up links. Help us make sure that when someone Googles "Koch," the top search result will be our report about how they're spreading anti-climate propaganda and misinformation via a vast web of think tanks, astroturf organizations, and other groups.
  • Just as importantly, post links on Twitter, Facebook, and other social networks! There are buttons on www.greenpeace.org/kochindustries to make this easy for you. When posting to Twitter, use the hashtag #Koch. And make sure to use the keyword "Koch" when posting on Facebook or any other OSN. Google can't index content on these sites, but they have become significant search venues in and of themselves, so we want to make sure folks searching for "Koch" on these platforms find our report too.

Now for the really fun part! Go to the Koch Industries Facebook page and become a fan. True to their secretive nature, Koch Industries won't let you post anything on their Facebook page, but you can comment on their posts. So leave a comment saying "I am not a Fan of Koch Industries' funding of right wing think tanks and climate denying front groups" and a link to our report (www.greenpeace.org/kochindustries).

Koch Industries has been erasing some of our comments on Facebook so far today, so let's post so many they can't erase them all! I suggest you scroll down to the seventh post they have, which is all about Koch's "commitment to environmental excellence," whatever the heck that means. (Koch Industries has a terrible environmental record, by the way.)

After leaving a comment, you can unfan Koch Industries if you want, so that no one thinks you actually like the polluting, climate-denying fat cats who control the company.

Whatever you do - post to your website or blog, on your Facebook or Twitter, or just retweet a link to this blog post - you can rest assured that you've helped make the world a little bit safer by exposing these climate denial kingpins and their accomplices in climate crimes.

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Because of people like you, another world is possible. There are many battles to be won, but we will battle them together—all of us. Common Dreams is not your normal news site. We don't survive on clicks. We don't want advertising dollars. We want the world to be a better place. But we can't do it alone. It doesn't work that way. We need you. If you can help today—because every gift of every size matters—please do.

Mike Gaworecki is a web editor and blogger for Greenpeace based out of San Francisco

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