Hauling The Koch Brothers Into Congress

Imagine Charles and David Koch testifying, under oath, in Congress.

Even though the billionaire oil industry brothers continue trying to dodge accountability, Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) invited the Koch brothers to testify and answer a few simple questions about how the Kochs are positioned to gain financially by the Keystone XL oil pipeline, a 1,700-mile long boondoggle that would make the Koch brothers even richer.

There’s ample evidence linking the Kochs’ business to the Canadian tar sands, which is the dirtiest energy in North America. Indeed, the Koch brothers’ stand to be among the pipeline’s biggest beneficiaries. Even the Koch brothers’ website confesses to being a party to tar sands oil.

The Koch brothers are doing whatever they can to avoid testifying in Congress, despite the fact that the Kochs informed the Canadian government of their “direct and substantial” interest in the pipeline. Waxman has been trying to get answers from the Koch brothers since last spring, but the Kochs have not cooperated.

At the same time, the Kochs’ allies in Congress are doing their best to stonewall oversight. This outcome doesn’t surprise me one bit given the Koch brothers’ near-monopoly on the influential and powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee. According to the Los Angeles Times, Koch Industries and its employees are the single largest oil and gas donors to the committee. They’ve contributed $279,500 to 22 of the committee’s 31 Republicans and $32,000 to five Democrats. Talk about the best democracy money can buy!

In the 2010 elections that gave the Republicans the majority in the house, many of these committee members were ones who owed their electoral fortunes to the Kochs or groups affiliated with the Kochs. One representative hired a Koch Industries lawyer after election day. Another needed a lift from the Koch brothers’ Tea Party group, Americans for Prosperity, to unseat an incumbent. No matter how you slice it, the Koch brothers have their fingerprints, not only the oversight of the Keystone XL pipeline, but on the pipeline’s profits.

Since last year, the Koch brothers have attacked those in and out of Congress who’re merely trying to find the truth. And sorry Charles and David, your word alone is no substitute for the truth.

So what are the Koch brothers hiding? It’s time to stop whispering and start shouting. Insist the Koch brothers testify before Congress.

The Keystone XL pipeline is but another example of the Koch brothers use their wealth to advance policy that makes them richer. Their wealth enables them to write the script for politicians and others to follow.

Sunlight is the best disinfectant. If you’re like me and are demanding truth, I invite you to help us shine a light on the Koch brothers position on the Keystone XL oil pipeline but signing our petition to leading members of Congress.

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  • Anarchy Pony

    It would flow into their refineries down in the gulf, then get shipped overseas to the highest bidder.

  • Redacted

    Koch Brothers in Congress would be Tea Party Woodstock. Just replace the hippies with angry rednecks.

  • DesertSun59

    The Koch brothers can get away with this because they’ve purchased who they need to purchase in Congress.  Plus, the American people are far too brain dead to get the connection.  Democracy has seen its final showing in the US already.  We’re just waiting for the rest of it to crumble.
     

  • http://twitter.com/anarcho anarcho

    Here is a prediction for you,  the Koch brothers will never stand trail in Congress – it will be a dog and pony show,  a ruse,  if it happens.  Congress is merely one of the engines of the atrocities occurring,  the best that one can do is have a few congressmen that represent other elite interests scold another elite group,  a process of substantive accountability would never occur,  because if it happens to one elite group it would happen to others – and no congressman will risk his paycheck or privileges serving whatever elite interest to see his gravy train undone (it is not in his job description, and this has been so since the inception of this nation, it has just grown with time to its global fullness).

    Just so that we get this straight this is not “corruption,”   it is how the system functions.  Government as I have said repeatedly,  is nothing but a franchise of the elite – it has been and always will be,  the governments chief function from the beginning (see Madison,  the so-called father of the Constitution) is to protect the moneyed and propertied elite from the other 99%.  Essentially most have no idea how insidious their own system really is,  and how it functions is endemic to its nature and charter.  The only way you deal with this is to totally dismantle it.

    • Anarchy Pony

      Power is not to be conquered, it is to be destroyed.

      • http://twitter.com/anarcho anarcho

        I do not use “dismantle” in the sense of conquer,  but systemic destruction.  One does not need to destroy the ill gotten gain,  it just needs to be applied to the whole and then  whatever the structure which serves the whole belongs to the people (minus all destructive aims,  activities, and structure – of course some as far as function will have to be utterly destroyed).

        • Anarchy Pony

          I was merely concurring using what I believe is an old anarchist standard.

  • http://nakeddissidence.wordpress.com/ pointax

    Between the Koch bros and Warren Buffet (who does “advise” Obama), it should be obvious to anyone that BOTH parties are corrupt.

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-01-23/buffett-s-burlington-northern-among-winners-in-obama-rejection-of-pipeline.html

  • alienchow

    Great. I’m all for it. Now lets bring in Al Gore, Congressional Dems., Obama, et al, and ask them about Solyndra, Ener1, Fisker, Tesla, and all the other failed/failing bs, clean energy programs. Both sides are corrupt, and I truly pity anyone that doesn’t see it.

  • Monkey See Monkey Do

    So their the number 3 and 4 richest people in america, interesting. I would like to know number 1 and 2.  I wonder how one would go about gathering a real list of the 100 richest people in the world. Not the fake forbes list either (because in that list its voluntary to be listed)

  • Hangerr

    The oil will NOT stay in the ground. Period. Market forces dictate that it will be removed and used. If it isn’t piped to Gulf Coast refineries, then it will go west to the Pacific for “boarding” on tankers destined for Asian refineries. Persons with an irrational fear of the potential damage to the Ogalalla aquifer in a region already criss-crossed by thousands of miles of pipeline. Pick your poison – in a pipeline over land in the lower 48, or in oil tankers crossing the Pacific. Now, our green friends want to confuse the issue by bringing in the fact that their new favorite demons, the Koch brothers, stand to make a profit from the pipeline. Horrors. Of course, the other alternative is that the oil is removed and then shipped by railcars. Let’s see, Obama’s back-pocket billionaire Warren Buffett just purchased the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad with over 32,000 miles of track poised to do the transport job. Where is the outrage over this billionaire making a profit? Silence.

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