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After the Deluge: Texas and France Split on Climate Science

Elliott Negin | Posted 06.09.2016 | Green
Elliott Negin

Texas and France have a number of things in common. They're roughly the same size. They were both republics. They have delectable, widely loved cuisines. And, just last week, both were battered by torrential rains and flooding turbocharged by human-made global warming.

Documents: IOGCC-Spawned Loophole Creating Frackquake Crisis Faces Federal Lawsuit

Steve Horn | Posted 05.25.2016 | Green
Steve Horn

On May 4, several environmental organizations filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), calling for an end to the regulatory exemption it carved out in the late 1980s for the oil and gas industry with regards to how it handles industrial waste.

Fossil Fuel Industry-Funded Attorneys General Try to Block ExxonMobil Climate Fraud Probe

Elliott Negin | Posted 05.20.2016 | Green
Elliott Negin

You could call it the battle of the attorneys general: one side representing the public interest, exactly what attorneys general are supposed to do; the other side representing the special interests, exactly what they are not supposed to do.

Hillary Rejects Koch Support -- So Why's She Taking Their Lobbyist Money?

Carbonated.TV | Posted 04.27.2016 | Politics
Carbonated.TV

Clinton, no matter her rhetoric, is a pro-corporate Democrat who has significant ties to Koch Industries executives and lobbyists, and has allowed Koch Industries members to influence the policies of Democrats for decades.

Coal Companies' Secret Funding of Climate Science Denial Exposed

Elliott Negin | Posted 04.13.2016 | Green
Elliott Negin

Recent bankruptcy filings reveal that coal companies are still funding climate science denier groups.

Obama EPA Must Act to Prevent Chemical Plant Catastrophe

David Halperin | Posted 03.28.2016 | Green
David Halperin

Tomorrow I'm scheduled to speak at an EPA public hearing addressing a new rule that the agency has proposed regarding dangers from America's chemical plants.

You Know Electric Cars Are Poised to Take Off When the Koch Brothers Plan the Technology's Demise

Gina Coplon-Newfield | Posted 02.26.2016 | Green
Gina Coplon-Newfield

Many groups are gearing up to face off with Koch-funded front groups. But as the Union of Concerned Scientists recently pointed out, the planned Koch anti-EV campaign may in fact bring more attention toward electric vehicles and their many benefits.

Kochs Plotting Multi-Million-Dollar Assault On Electric Vehicles

The Huffington Post | Peter H. Stone | Posted 02.19.2016 | Politics

The oil and gas industry may have thought it had killed the electric car, but sales -- boosted by generous government subsidies -- rose dramatically b...

Does ExxonMobil Really Support a Carbon Tax?

Elliott Negin | Posted 02.17.2016 | Green
Elliott Negin

ExxonMobil claims it supports a revenue-neutral carbon tax and its lobbyists "have echoed that message in countless private briefings with members of Congress on carbon tax policy options." Then why do most ExxonMobil-funded lawmakers oppose the idea?

To Charles Koch, Professors are Lobbyists

Connor Gibson | Posted 01.28.2016 | Education
Connor Gibson

From 2005-2014, Koch spent $109.7 million on 361 distinct campuses, according to Greenpeace's updated analysis of IRS filings from Koch's nonprofit foundations.

To Charles Koch, Universities Are Propaganda Machines

Connor Gibson | Posted 02.16.2016 | Books
Connor Gibson

This article is the first of two posts examining Charles Koch's campus investments, as reported in Jane Mayer's Dark Money. The first post examines the history, long-term strategy, and true intent of the university "philanthropy" coordinated by Charles Koch.

Koch Brothers' 'Bankers' Sneak Anti-Wind Op-Ed Past the New York Times

Elliott Negin | Posted 02.19.2016 | Media
Elliott Negin

So who are Marc Short and Andy Koenig? The Times identified them only as "the president and senior policy adviser, respectively, at Freedom Partners, which advocates for free-market policies."

Meet the Lobbyists and Big Money Interests Pushing to End the Oil Exports Ban

Steve Horn | Posted 12.16.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

The ongoing push to lift the ban on exports of U.S.-produced crude oil appears to be coming to a close, with Congress agreeing to a budget deal with a provision to end the decades-old embargo.

A Koch Industries Lobbyist Took My Phone! (VIDEO)

Connor Gibson | Posted 12.16.2015 | Politics
Connor Gibson

The American Legislative Exchange Council's three annual meetings are quite the spectacle. This month, at ALEC's third and final meeting of the year in Scottsdale, Arizona, I had an interesting encounter with a member of ALEC's board of directors.

Koch Brothers In Major Rift On Criminal Justice Reform

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 11.26.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A major rift is opening among criminal justice reform advocates over how to deal with conservative efforts that could write off white-co...

How Exxon Mobil And Koch Brothers Created A Culture Of Climate Doubt

The Huffington Post | Lydia Oconnor | Posted 11.24.2015 | Business

One of the biggest studies to examine how climate change became controversial points to the unified dialogue coming out of the hundreds of individuals...

Kochs Brothers' 'Freedom Partners' Investments Exposed

Mary Bottari | Posted 11.21.2015 | Politics
Mary Bottari

The Koch network's secret bank, "Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce," spent big during the 2014 midterm elections, including bankrolling efforts to roll back Wall Street reform. The Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) has been digging into some of the Freedom Partner funding streams.

Blockade of Chicago Petcoke Facility Calls for Green Jobs Instead of Toxic Fossil Fuels

Will Reynolds | Posted 11.16.2015 | Chicago
Will Reynolds

Seven community members and concerned citizens are blockading entrances to the Koch Carbon Transfer Terminal (KCBX) on Chicago's Southeast side.

Koch Group Dumps Half Million Dollars into Florida Anti-Solar Amendment Campaign

Nick Surgey | Posted 11.14.2015 | Politics
Nick Surgey

Consumers for Smart Solar, the group promoting an anti-home-solar constitutional amendment in Florida, has collected half a million dollars from the 60 Plus Association, a group that has itself received at least $34 million since 2010 from organizations financially backed by the Koch brothers.

3 Misleading Statements You May Hear In The Koch Brothers' 'Morning Joe' Interview

Marge Baker | Posted 11.02.2015 | Politics
Marge Baker

Morning Joe hosts Scarborough and Brzezinski have an important opportunity to push the Koch brothers on statements that gloss over or minimize their enormous and harmful role in our political system. I hope they take it.

Toxic Influence: How a Chemical Industry Trade Group You've Never Heard of Threatens Your Health

Elliott Negin | Posted 10.19.2015 | Green
Elliott Negin

The ACC has been doing a lot more than just posting disinformation on the Internet. Along with Koch Industries -- owner of Georgia-Pacific, one of the largest U.S. formaldehyde and plywood manufacturers -- it has been currying favor on Capitol Hill with large sums of lobbying and campaign cash.

Ohio Politicians on "Energy Mandates Study Committee" Took $830,000 From Dirty Energy Companies

Connor Gibson | Posted 10.16.2015 | Green
Connor Gibson

A wolf pack of in-state utilities and out-of-state petrochemical billionaires has attacked Ohio's clean energy law, threatening to kill clean jobs and wreak further damage on the environment.

College Football Brought to You by Koch Industries

Nick Surgey | Posted 09.14.2015 | Politics
Nick Surgey

College football season has begun, and this year it is being brought to you by Koch Industries, and not just in Kansas. The Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) has obtained an exclusive list of the Koch-branded college football games.

Judges Nixing Keystone XL South Cases Had Tar Sands-Related Oil Investments

Steve Horn | Posted 08.14.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

On August 4, the U.S. Appeals Court for the 10th Circuit shot down the Sierra Club's petition for rehearing motion for the southern leg of TransCanada's Keystone XL tar sands export pipeline. The decision effectively writes the final chapter of a years-long legal battle in federal courts.

The Secret Network of Fossil Fuel and Utility Backed Groups Working to Stop Clean Energy

Gabe Elsner | Posted 07.28.2015 | Green
Gabe Elsner

While some fossil fuel companies claim they support renewable energy, actions behind the scenes tell a different story. Many are backing front groups to create barriers for the deployment of renewables. These front groups serve as a critical component, adding a supposed "independent" voice to state energy policy debates.