After Greenpeace released the report "Koch Industries: Secretly Funding the Climate Denial Machine" a few days back, the Koch damage control team sent the New York Times a thin PR response that read like a libertarian textbook on environmental policy. Not surprisingly, Koch's response fails to address our report's detailed examination of oil billionaires David and Charles Koch and their family foundations' legacy of funding and forming the climate denial infrastructure.
In fact, their response only raises further questions, so we delivered a letter to David and Charles Koch seeking what should be easy answers to a few questions and offering an opportunity for the Koch brothers to explain their association with multiple organizations that distort climate science and oppose positive climate and clean energy policies.
If David and Charles Koch are truly interested in stimulating an "intellectually honest debate" on climate science, as they claim, we think answering a few simple questions would be a good place to start.
Here's the text of our letter to the Koch brothers:
April 6, 2010
Dear Charles and David Koch,
I am pleased to hear that you received word of our report detailing your company's and foundations' efforts to fund climate denial organizations and think tanks. However, the response from Koch Industries' spokesperson, as printed in the New York Times "Green Inc." blog, does not address key concerns detailed in the report (http://www.greenpeace.org/kochindustries) and indeed prompts further questions, the answers to which I believe your customers and the American people deserve to know.
I hope you will consider these questions and provide a prompt and public response:
- Do you personally deny the scientific consensus on climate change, including the peer reviewed work of thousands of scientists and statements by major scientific academies and associations worldwide, that global warming is principally caused by human activities, primarily the burning of fossil fuels?
I am sure you will agree that these questions are straightforward and simple to answer. I look forward to your response.
Greenpeace Research Director