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Montreal Simon: The Harper Oil Pimps and the Attack of the Billionaires

Well you'd think Stephen Harper and his pipeline pimps would be celebrating the U.S. State Department's decision to declare the Keystone project almost good to go.The State Department released a report on Friday concluding that the Keystone XL pipeline would not substantially worsen carbon pollution, leaving an opening for President Obama to approve the politically divisive project.But strangely enough they're not. They're worried, angry, and bitter about BILLIONAIRES !!!Read more »

Montreal Simon: Obamacare, the Koch Brothers, and the Harper Cons

It's a frightening and truly disturbing sight. The Republicans in the House of Representatives threatening to shut down the American government. Again. With one vote on Friday, the Republican-led House launched the latest spending battle in Congress — one that could bring a government shutdown in less than two weeks. By a 230-189 tally almost strictly on party lines, the House passed a short-term government spending plan that would eliminate all funding for Obamacare.Just to try to kill a bill that would provide millions of Americans with health care they otherwise couldn't afford.Read more »

Montreal Simon: The Monkey King and the Koch Brothers

Sometimes in the court of the Monkey King it's hard to keep your eyes on the prize.To lower your sight enough to understand his real role in Canadian history.For while we all know he's now China's latest plaything. Read more »

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

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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 didn't exist, the left would have to invent them. They're the plutocrats from central casting – oil-and-gas billionaires ready to buy any congressman, fund any lie, fight any law, bust any union, despoil any landscape, or shirk any (tax) burden to push

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DeSmogBlog: Kochtopus Cato Institute Power Grab: A Historical Perspective

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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 by DeSmogBlog as a key seed funder of the climate change denier think-tank, the Heartland Institute. Heartland's internal documents were recently leaked to DeSmogBlog (see "Heartland Exposed"). 

Billionaire oil baron Charles Koch is

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