Autonomy For All: The 0.01% Oppose Renewable Energy Because You Can’t Suck Rents From It

It doesn’t get much more naked than this (AP): A political group founded by billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch wants Georgia’s utility regulators to reject a plan requiring Southern Co. to buy more solar energy, but an Associated Press review ahead of a vote on the issue finds that it has used misleading figures ...

Alberta Diary: In 2011, Fraser Institute continued to take Koch Brothers donations and file tax returns claiming no political activity

Michael Walker, right, President of the Fraser Institute Foundation and former director of the Fraser Institute, looks at a copy of the Edmonton Sun with a well-known columnist from that newspaper. The great public intellectuals of the Canadian right may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: Consistent Fraser Institute donors Charles and David Koch. In ...

Eclectic Lip: When billionaires brawl… (some US election thoughts)

So, the US elects its next President (or re-elects its current one) today.  One hopes that our southern cousins avoid the fiascos of 2000 and 2004. As all but the young recall, the 2000 Gore vs. Bush US election hinged on Florida, where George Bush’s brother Jeb was governor.  Before the election, Republican operatives had ...

DeSmogBlog: Was Scott Walker Chosen to Headline Heartland Institute Gala Due to His Bradley Foundation Ties?

800px-ScottWalker.jpeg Wisconsin Republican Governor Scott Walker will keynote the Heartland Institute's 28th Anniversary Benefit Dinner this evening at Navy Pier in Chicago, IL.  Walker recently won the Kochtopus-funded Americans for Prosperity George Washington Award. Now, two months after his recall election steamrolling of Democrat Tom Barrett, the climate change denying group famous for its Unabomber billboard ...

David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: Opportunistic Conservative attack on green charities highlights tax abuses by Tory cronies

Charity: Right-wing think tanks and Ducks Unlimited are most certainly not exactly as illustrated. Below: Finance Minister Jim Flaherty and National Revenue Minister Gail Shea. Supporters of the Harper Government’s campaign to use tax laws to de-fund its opponents need to be careful what they wish for. They might just get it! Consider Prime Minister ...

DeSmogBlog: Kochtopus Cato Institute Power Grab: A Historical Perspective

Kochtopus-3_0.png A new chapter is being added to the ongoing Kochtopus saga. On March 1 the Washington Post, in a story sure to fill the airwaves for the weeks and months to come, revealed the Kochtopus is suing the Cato Institute for control of the recently deceased and former Cato Chairman William Niskanen's ownership share in the think-tank. The Koch Empire was recently outed ...

DeSmogBlog: Heartland Institute: A Manifestation of the Kochtopus Empire

Kochtopus-3.png It is nearly impossible to discuss the vast climate change denial echo chamber and not mention the Koch Brothers, Koch Industries, and what some have called the Koch Empire. Perhaps unsurpisingly then, the origins of the Heartland Institute — whose internal documents were recently leaked to DeSmogBlog — have a direct historical link to the rise of the Kochtopus's wide-reaching climate ...

DeSmogBlog: Citizens United Protesters Rename Supreme Court the "U.S. Supreme Koch"

Supreme Koch 1.jpg Protesters marked the second anniversary of the Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling by unfurling a banner reading “U.S. Supreme Koch” in front of the court house steps. The action is part of a week-long effort to raise awareness of the unjust power that the Citizens United decision has gifted to corporate special ...

DeSmogBlog: The Year In Dirty Energy: The Koch Brothers

Kochtopus money bags.jpg Over the last 12 months, DeSmogBlog contributors have helped spread the word about some of the most dastardly deeds of Charles and David Koch. Here are some of the biggest stories we covered this year on the issue of corruption and dirty energy money. It is impossible to talk about dirty energy ...

Red Tory v.3.0.3: Brotherly Love

Speaking to a friendly audience at a Washington area rally organized by the Koch Brothers funded astroturf political organization “Americans for Prosperity,” Herman Cain gets his shuck n’ jive on to proudly declare he’s the billionaire oil magnates “brother from another mother.” According to the NYT, “as he made the statement, David H. Koch stood ...

DeSmogBlog: Herman Cain at AFP: ‘I am the Koch Brothers’ Brother From Another Mother’

Wow. The GOP's Koch-Cain problem elevates to new heights today. At the Koch-funded Americans For Prosperity event today, Republican presidential contender Herman Cain told it like it is. “I am the Koch brothers’ brother from another mother.” He added, “And proud of it.” Watch video courtesy of ThinkProgress:  Meanwhile, outside the AFP event, a greeting message ...

DeSmogBlog: Greenpeace Calls On Congress To Investigate Koch’s Illegal Practices

Kochtopus money bags.png Greenpeace USA today called for a full Congressional investigation of Koch Industries and the illegal practices detailed in the Bloomberg Markets Magazine piece, "Koch Brothers Flout Law Getting Richer With Secret Iran Sales." The Bloomberg coverage reveals multiple allegations of Koch Industries bribing government officials around the world and doing business with Iran. ...

DeSmogBlog: Koch Brothers "Secret Sins" Exposed In Bloomberg News Investigation

Bloomberg Koch Industries.png Bloomberg has released a whopping 21-page investigative and historical essay on the many crimes of the infamous Koch Brothers, their company Koch Industries and its array of subsidiaries. The feature piece in Bloomberg Markets Magazine​'s November edition, the article is titled, "Koch Brothers Flout Law With Secret Iran Sales," although the title is ...