350 or bust: Canadian Oil Waste Blackens Detroit

* The Koch brothers are about their usual dirty business, this time in Detroit: WINDSOR, Ontario — Assumption Park gives residents of this city lovely views of the Ambassador Bridge and the Detroit skyline. Lately they’ve been treated to another sight: a three-story pile of petroleum coke covering an entire city block on the other ...

DeSmogBlog: Will Dismal Jobs Report Give New Life To Keystone XL Plan?

boehnerand pipelines.jpg While the debate over the Keystone XL pipeline might have disappeared from the front pages in the last few weeks, the battle is still raging. And a grim jobs report for the month of May might just be the catalyst that Keystone proponents have been looking for to renew their push for the ...

DeSmogBlog: Heartland Denial-a-Palooza Sponsors Have Received $67 Million From ExxonMobil, Koch and Scaife Foundations

heartland_billboard.jpg The Heartland Institute's Seventh "International Conference on Climate Change" – the somewhat-annual gathering of climate deniers that we call Denial-a-Palooza – is underway in Chicago. Heartland's contrarian gathering this year is clouded by the group's incredibly offensive billboard campaign that flamed out within hours but is causing lasting damage to the group's fading financial ...

DeSmogBlog: New Shill Gas Study Published by SUNY Buffalo Institute With Heavy Industry Ties

shutterstock_15465343.jpg When does a study on the unconventional shale gas industry become a "shill gas study"? The quick answer: when nearly everyone writing and peer reviewing it has close ties to the industry they're purportedly doing an "objective" study on. The newest kid on the block: a recent study published by SUNY Buffalo's Shale Resources and ...

DeSmogBlog: Koch "Facts" Flummoxed Over Undeniable Tar Sands Business, Keystone XL Interest

Koch Facts.png Authored by Connor Gibson, cross-posted with permission from PolluterWatch.org For those who missed the deep investigative piece published by InsideClimate News last week documenting a half-century of Koch Industries involvement in the destructive tar sands of Alberta, Canada, it has finally closed the coffin on a vicious round of lies straight from Koch Industries. ...

DeSmogBlog: The Guardian Exposes Fossil Funded Groups Coordinating Renewable Energy Attacks

shutterstock_90778001.jpg Ever wonder why a blooming green energy industry has faced such harsh opposition? Now, as the old adage goes, "the cat's out of the bag." The Guardian today revealed the network of fossil-funded groups coordinating the ongoing onslaught of attacks on renewable energy, particularly wind power. A memorandum passed to The Guardian from the Checks and Balances Project details the ...

DeSmogBlog: U.S. Republican Koch oil billionaires help fund the Fraser Institute. Why the Fraser Institute?

Vancouver Observer.png Authored by Jenny Uechi, originally published at Vancouver Observer. Re-posted with permisison.  U.S. libertarian oil billionaire brothers David and Charles Koch have poured at least half a million dollars into The Fraser Institute over the last few years. In case you haven't been following their trail, here's a bit about them:  If the Koch brothers ...

DeSmogBlog: GM Dumps Heartland Institute, Will No Longer Fund Climate-Denying Spinstitute

heartland logo.jpg General Motors is breaking up with the Heartland Institute, announcing recently that the company will discontinue funding to the notorious climate-denying spin shop. The move by GM comes in direct response to a national outreach campaign organized by Forecast the Facts, which garnered more than 20,000 people, including 10,000 GM vehicle owners, calling ...

DeSmogBlog: ALEC Climate Change Denial Model Bill Passes in Tennessee

alec-exposed-600x400_0 (2).jpg The month of March has seen unprecedented heat and temperatures. A rational thinking, scientifically-grounded individual could only posit, "Well, hmm, I bet climate change has something to do with the fact that in Madison, WI, it is 80 degrees in mid-March. Sometimes it's 60 or 70 degrees colder than this!" While that individual would ...

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: Heartland Institute Exposed: Internal Documents Unmask Heart of Climate Denial Machine

Internal Heartland Institute strategy and funding documents obtained by DeSmogBlog expose the heart of the climate denial machine – its current plans, many of its funders, and details that confirm what DeSmogBlog and others have reported for years. The heart of the climate denial machine relies on huge corporate and foundation funding from U.S. businesses ...

DeSmogBlog: Accountability Moment: Manhattan Institute’s Robert Bryce Squirms And Evades Question on Fossil Fuel Funding

Robert Bryce from the fossil fuel industry-funded Manhattan Institute just can't bring himself to answer a simple question about the fossil fuel industry funding flowing into his group. Readers of DeSmogBlog may recall our previous coverage about Bryce's anti-clean energy attacks in the New York Times op-ed pages and elsewhere. Citing the prime example of ...

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 ...

DeSmogBlog: Denial Of Facts Is No Way To Understand Science

On Thursday December 1st, Globe and Mail columnist Margaret Wente declared herself a defender of scientific integrity by calling upon the scientific community to replace the “rhetoric” of climate change with open, honest debate. According to Ms. Wente, the impacts of climate change remain a future fantasy, unquantifiable by data collected through “insanely complicated” climate science. ...

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: Waxman Renews Request For Congress To Investigate Koch Industries Interest in Keystone XL Pipeline

Hillary-farmer.png Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) today renewed his request to Reps. Fred Upton (R-MI) and Ed Whitfield (R-KY) that the House Committee on Energy and Commerce investigate Koch Industries' interest in the Keystone XL pipeline. Rep. Waxman's letter cites the recent revelations in InsideClimate News that Koch subsidiary Flint Hills Resources Canada LP claimed "a ...

DeSmogBlog: Koch Brothers Exposed: Cancer Risk In Crossett Arkansas Blamed On Georgia Pacific

Brave New Foundation, which is producing a series of videos called "Koch Brothers Exposed" taking a close look at many aspects of the billionaire Koch Brothers' business interests, just released a new installment probing the link between a cancer cluster in Crossett, Arkansas and the nearby operations of Georgia Pacific, a Koch Industries subsidiary. The Brave New ...

DeSmogBlog: Keystone XL Lobbyists Web of Corruption Infographic

Now that the web of Keystone XL tar sands industry lobbyists connected to Hillary Clinton has grown far beyond Paul Elliott, DeSmogBlog, Oil Change International, The Other 98% and Friends of the Earth have produced a new white board infographic to help everyone visualize this cast of characters.  If the text is hard to read on ...

DeSmogBlog: Hillary Clinton’s Keystone XL Crony Lobbyists Problem

Hillary Keystone XL pipeline.png Hillary Clinton and the State Department have the final word on whether to approve the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, unless President Obama intervenes. The influence of tar sands industry lobbyists connected to Hillary Clinton is finally getting some media attention, but there is still more to this story. Clinton's State Department ...

DeSmogBlog: Koch Brothers Dishonest About Keystone XL, Tar Sands Interest

Kochtopus money bags.png On the heels of a 21-page investigative article by ​Bloomberg ​Magazine​, which covered the high crimes and misdemeanors of the Koch Brothers, Koch Industries, and its numerous subsidiaries over the past several decades, more damning news arrives about their dirty deeds in Canada. Today, ​InsideClimate News​ reported in a story titled "Koch Subsidiary Told ...

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 ...

DeSmogBlog - Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Koch Brothers And ExxonMobil Join Forces To Fight RGGI With Copy-Paste State Legislation

copy-and-paste.jpg As we’ve reported over and over again, the popular and successful Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) and other regional climate agreements are under attack from polluters. Today, a bombshell report by Bloomberg News makes it undeniably clear who is leading the attack, and paints an ugly picture of collusion, influence, and state legislators deep ...

Greenpeace uncloaks phony anti-climate change scientist

Dr. Willie Soon has been the go-to scientist favoured by climate change deniers for years. Used by the Fraser Institute and Koch Industries, Soon has proven invaluable in giving ammunition to the right to ‘prove’ global warming doesn’t exist. Turns out it’s as we expected – nothing more than a scam. It seems Dr. Soon’s ...