The Koch Brothers: Ruining Science And The Environment.

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,”
says Greenpeace.

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
-Angel Soft Ultra
-Brawny paper towels
-Dixie products
-Insulair cups
-Mardis Gras napkins
-Perfect Touch cups, paper products
-Quilted Northern
-Sparkle paper towels
-Vanity Fair napkins & paper towels
-Zee Napkins

-Georgia-Pacific Office products
-Spectrum paper
-Georgia-Pacific’s enMotion paper towel dispenser
-Georgia-Pacific’s engineered lumber

INVISTA Brands
-INVISTA’s PET polymer is used in oxygen-sensitive packaging for food and beverages.
-ADI-PURE® Adipic Acid
-ANTRON® Carpet Fiber
-C12™ Intermediates
-COMFOREL® Fiber
-COOLMAX® Fabric
-CORDURA® Fabric
-DACRON® Fiberfill
-DYTEK® Idea Intermediates
-FLEXISOLV® Solvent Solutions
-LYCRA® Fiber
-LYCRA HyFit® Fiber
-OXYCLEAR® Barrier Resin
-POLYCLEAR® PET
-POLYSHIELD® Resin
-SENZAA™ Additive
-STAINMASTER® Carpet
-SUPPLEX® Fabric
-SUPRIVA™ Fiber
-TACTEL® Fiber
-TECGEN® Garments
-TERATE® Polyols
-TERATHANE® Polyether Glycol
-TERRIN™ Polyols
-THERMOLITE® Fabric
-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:

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About tkvogelsang

I'm a people person. I enjoy pointed conversation and mature debate. I admire the great thinkers: those who uplifted reason, scholar, and secondary opinion. I was born and raised in Wichita, Kansas, but find i'm nothing like the people there. I'm liberal, but no Democrat; peaceful, but no pacifist; competitive, but no capitalist; ambitious, but no elitist; a "Buddhist Athiest" (someone who reads and strives to follow the Buddha's teachings, but avid skeptic) raised Christian; and many other dichotomies. In many ways, I'm surprised to be the product I am. I love the outdoors. I love gardening, admire sustainable creation and design, endorse creative thinking and problem solving, and strive to learn as much as I possibly can. I am in a constant search for more travel. Travel, to me, is of utmost importance. It opens the mind and heart. I have many mothers because of it. I have many families that have taken me in and treated me as their own child. It's experiences like these that are not discovered at home, and worth experiencing. Just do. Go. You'll like it.
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