There’s a buzz right now about “top scientists… demanding natural history museums cut all ties to the fossil fuel industry.” As “science museums shouldn’t have on their boards people who are actively funding the denial of science”…. Which is a “duh”, but a definitive step in the right direction.
A deserving applause resounds in my cluttered upstairs bedroom on N. Cherry Street.
But, it gets even better, they requested “to kick Koch off the Board of Directors at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History”, too… Now we’re talkin’.
(Today’s source comes from Vice – of which I recommend the entire article.)
But lets get real about this for a second…
The Koch brothers (David and Charles), birthed in my own home town of Wichita, Kansas (I know, I know, go Kansas), have their scaly hands in every honey jar: paper products, fertilizers, fibers, petroleum, energy, polymers, finance, natural gas, ranching, and more. Koch Industries is also the second largest privately held corporation in the United States with an annual revenue of $115 billion.
Who cares? One might ask…
But (and a big one), check out this article by the Washington Post about the Koch donor network: $407 million gathered for the 2012 presidential election, alone. Speculations for the 2016 elections estimate the Koch brothers will reach upwards of $900 million in donations (As they “manage” the donor network). Talk about big money.
But what does this mean beyond the corruption and corrosion of representative democracy? Well, it means millions of dollars flowing toward the denial of climate change.
“Funding $67,042,064 to groups denying climate change since 1997,”
So that’s bad… money is an issue, and it’s even more an issue now that Citizens United has passed. We should change that…
… But how?
It’s a tough one… How do we combat these political and economic giants?
Perhaps this petition holds some answers: they suggest, “don’t buy Koch products.” Hit them where it hurts most – their wallets.
Refer to the “power of one” (that economists love) and it’s potential, if skeptical! Of course, this won’t “bring them down”, but it’s a good start. And, lets them know we’re watching.
Here’s a list of familiar Koch products and brands (that you “could/should” reconsider buying from):
-Angel Soft Ultra
-Brawny paper towels
-Mardis Gras napkins
-Perfect Touch cups, paper products
-Sparkle paper towels
-Vanity Fair napkins & paper towels
-Georgia-Pacific Office products
-Georgia-Pacific’s enMotion paper towel dispenser
-Georgia-Pacific’s engineered lumber
-INVISTA’s PET polymer is used in oxygen-sensitive packaging for food and beverages.
-ADI-PURE® Adipic Acid
-ANTRON® Carpet Fiber
-DYTEK® Idea Intermediates
-FLEXISOLV® Solvent Solutions
-LYCRA HyFit® Fiber
-OXYCLEAR® Barrier Resin
-TERATHANE® Polyether Glycol
-TORZEN® PA66 Resin
So start checkin’ labels. And, do research.
(I need to do MUCH more, too. You’re not alone.)
Know what your dollar is voting for.
After all… are your values driving your spending?
For more about David and Charles Koch:
- Myths and Facts About the Koch Brothers
- General Political Influence/History
- $900 Million in 2016