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Kert Davies

Kert Davies

Posted: July 27, 2010 05:17 PM

Check out today's New York Magazine article on the second richest man in New York, and richest climate denier on the planet, David Koch:

The Billionaire's Party: David Koch is New York's second-richest man, a celebrated patron of the arts, and the tea party's wallet.

The best pull quote is this:

Global warming could be good for the planet, Koch says. "A far greater land area will be available to produce food."

...from this paragraph, which shows Greenpeace got his billionaire attention this spring:

David Koch is deeply antagonistic to the Obama administration. He fought the health-care bill, and the financial-regulation measure that was passed last week ("Everyone I know in the financial world is terrified by the powers it gives the federal government"). He also opposes the president's climate-change proposals. In his office, Koch showed me a photocopied flyer Greenpeace had produced with sketches of him and Charles below the words wanted for climate crimes and shook it in the air. Koch Industries' emissions, Koch told me, are far less than legally required. "And yet they're attacking us as environmental criminals," he said. "Wanting to put me and Charles in jail." Koch says he's not sure if global warming is caused by human activities, and at any rate, he sees the heating up of the planet as good news. Lengthened growing seasons in the northern hemisphere, he says, will make up for any trauma caused by the slow migration of people away from disappearing coastlines. "The Earth will be able to support enormously more people because a far greater land area will be available to produce food," he says.

Wow. What a load of.... and it goes uncontested by the NY Mag author, Andrew Goldman, who seems to write mostly 'people' pieces for the magazine...on Bette Midler, Martha Stewart's daugher, Annie Leibovitz...so he can't be expected to know a big ol' global warming lie when he hears it.

Here's the Greenpeace campaign Mr. Koch was referring to:

Greenpeace issued a report on the Koch's in March 2010:
Koch Industries: Secretly Funding the Climate Denial Machine

and another report last week on Bill Koch, David's twin brother, and his campaign to kill the first offshore wind farm in the nation off Cape Cod, just 'cause he doesn't want to look at it ...

Greenpeace just relaunched our new PolluterWatch website with profiles of all the Kochs.

New York Magazine got trusted inside access to Koch, who rarely gives interviews, and provides a detailed biography of the three twisted billionaire Koch brothers. The access may have been a PR attempt to do some damage control to fend off the increasing attention the Koch's are getting for their association with Americans for Prosperity and the radical Tea Party movement. Rachel Maddow has driven this story hard for months. Koch fought back with preemptive press releases that they have nothing to do with the Tea Baggers, but it just got them more bad press on Maddow

Its great. The Koch legacy of shrouded political action, global warming denial and free-market anti-government anti-regulatory radicalism is finally, slowly, being dragged out in the sunlight...accountability is a wonderful thing, especially when it involves the filthy rich.