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ExxonMobil, Peabody Coal Lobbying for Bill Preventing Climate Change Accounting in US Trade Deals

Steve Horn | Posted 12.20.2016 | Green
Steve Horn

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlogThe day before global leaders and diplomats passed a climate change deal in Paris at the United Nations climate summit, th...

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

Steve Horn | Posted 12.16.2016 | 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.

Disclosure Fail: Industry Reps Testifying for Denton, Texas Fracking Bill Left Ties Undisclosed

Steve Horn | Posted 06.05.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

A March 24 hearing prior to the passage of a controversial bill out of committee that preempts cities in Texas from regulating hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") for oil and gas obtained from shale basins, featured numerous witnesses who failed to disclose their industry ties, including some with ties to the Koch brothers.

Overseeing Koch Profits: The Roots of David Vitter's Green Billionaires Club Report

Steve Horn | Posted 10.24.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

A DeSmogBlog investigation reveals that Kristina Moore, the Senate staffer listed as the author of U.S. Sen. David Vitter's (R-La.) "green billionaire's club" report published by the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW) on July 30, has career roots tracing back to the Koch Brothers' right-wing machine.

After Oregon Rejects Coal Export Plan, Long Beach Votes to Export Coal and PetKoch

Steve Horn | Posted 10.21.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlogJust a day after the Oregon Department of State Lands shot down a proposal to export 8.8 million tons per year of coal to ...

Green Billionaires Club? David Vitter Owns Stock in Coal Utilities Fighting EPA Carbon Rules

Steve Horn | Posted 10.08.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

Critics of the report say it is propaganda designed to skewer the Obama EPA and environmental philanthropists for "conspiring to help the environment."

Keystone XL Review Extended, Delaying Final Decision Until After 2014 Elections

Steve Horn | Posted 06.18.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

Reuters and Politico broke a major story today that TransCanada's northern leg of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline will not be decided on until after the 2014 mid-term elections.

Tyranny of Plutocracy: Holding People Hostage Over a Fiscal & Climate Cliff

Michele Swenson | Posted 02.26.2013 | Denver
Michele Swenson

The common good continues to be subordinated to the corporate bottom line in Washington, where dialogue has been almost exclusively reduced to forms of extortion of the working class by the monied class, at the expense of the planet and democracy.

David Koch: "There's Some Extremists" in the Tea Party, but Mostly "Normal People Like Us"

Brendan DeMelle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Brendan DeMelle

Yes folks, David Koch is just a normal person, like us. In fact he's exactly like all the other "normal people" with an estimated worth of $21.5 billion.

Koch Industries Meets College Student's Prop 23 Debate Challenge With Security Chief

Brendan DeMelle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Brendan DeMelle

Joel Francis, the Cal State-Los Angeles senior and Marine Corps veteran, on Tuesday delivered his debate challenge letter in person to Koch Industries...

Charles Koch Challenged to Debate Prop. 23 by California Student Leader Joel Francis

Brendan DeMelle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Brendan DeMelle

Student leader Joel Francis challenges Charles Koch to meet him "anytime, anywhere in the state before election day" to explain why Koch is meddling with democracy in a state he doesn't even live in.

Koch Industries Donates $1 Million to Prop 23 Effort To Kill California Climate Law

Brendan DeMelle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Brendan DeMelle

As the world looks more closely, it seems the Kochs have their hands in all sorts of anti-democratic pies, and now we know that undermining California voters' choice to confront climate change is among them.