From 'The billionaire brothers who are waging a war against
'The Kochs are longtime libertarians who believe in
drastically lower personal and corporate taxes, minimal
social services for the needy, and much less oversight
of industry-especially environmental regulation. These
views dovetail with the brothers' corporate interests.
In a study released this spring, the University of
Massachusetts at Amherst's Political Economy Research
Institute named Koch Industries one of the top ten air
polluters in the United States. And Greenpeace issued a
report identifying the company as a "kingpin of climate
science denial." The report showed that, from 2005 to
2008, the Kochs vastly outdid ExxonMobil in giving
money to organizations fighting legislation related to
climate change, underwriting a huge network of
foundations, think tanks, and political front groups.
Indeed, the brothers have funded opposition campaigns
against so many Obama Administration policies-from
health-care reform to the economic-stimulus
program-that, in political circles, their ideological
network is known as the Kochtopus.'
'The billionaire brothers who are waging a war
By Jane Mayer
The New Yorker
August 30, 2010
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