Koch Brothers Produce Counterfeit Climate Report to Deceive Congress

Connor Gibson
GreenPeace Blogs / News Report
Published: Tuesday 23 October 2012
With climate change already contributing to 400,000 deaths each year and costing $1.2 trillion to economies worldwide, such dubious doubt-peddling should be considered criminal.
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The octopus has a remarkable ability - it can blend seamlessly with its surroundings changing its appearance to mimic plants, rocks or even other animals.

Similarly deceptive is an upcoming junk study from a Koch-funded think tank that has taken on the format and appearance of a truly scientific report from the US Government, but is loaded with lies and misrepresentation of actual climate change science. The false report is a tentacle of the Kochtopus - with oil and industrial billionaires Charles and David Koch at the head.

The report’s disgraced author, Patrick Michaels, has made his largely undistinguished career shilling for fossil fuel interestes, including his stay at the Cato Institute, which published the counterfeit report. After admitting to CNN that  40% of his funding is from the oil industry alone, even Cato was embarrassed enough to clarify that "Pat works for Cato on a contract basis, not as a full-time employee. Fund that Pay received for work done outside the Cato Institute does not come through our organization."

Koch Industries Chairman and CEO Charles Koch co-founded the Cato Institute in 1977, and David Koch sits on Cato’s board of directors. Both brothers are Cato shareholders.

The Kochs’ combined $62 billion in wealth comes from Koch Industries operations in oil refining, pipelines, tar sands exploration, chemical production, deforestation and fossil fuel commodity trading, all of which contribute to global climate change and the types of extreme weather Americans are now starting to recognize as symptoms of global warming.

Wary of how public concern over climate change could drop demand for fossil fuel products, the Kochs have spent the last 15 years dumpingover $61 million to front groups telling us that global warming doesn’t exist, or that it would destroy our economy to stop runaway climate change. Other billionaire families like the Scaifes and companies like ExxonMobil have funneled tens of millions more to the same groups to bury climate science in public relations schemes designed to delay solutions to global warming. While Cato got over $5.5 million from the Kochs since 1997, it received over $1 million from the Scaifes, $125,000 from ExxonMobiland tens of millions more from other fossil fuel interests and ideologues in the top 1%.

In a highly public battle earlier this year between the Koch brothers and libertarians at the Cato Institute, some Cato employees didn’t want their work to become what David Koch calls “intellectual ammunition” for other Koch fronts like Americans for Prosperity. Cato’s deceptive climate report is exactly the type of fake science that AFP needs in order to continue lying to the American public about the reality of global warming.

Cato’s counterfeit report is classic global warming denial that is clearly designed to be confused for actual science. Its author, its publisher and its billionaire supporters have all been key to the coordinated public relations effort that has blocked climate policy in this country by making climate science a partisan issue in this country and rallying the American public behind the very lies they themselves fabricated. The junk report has already beencirculated by other climate science deniers and even cited in a Congressional presentation.

With climate change already contributing to 400,000 deaths each year and costing $1.2 trillion to economies worldwide, such dubious doubt-peddling should be considered criminal. If you are an elected official or a journalist and spot the Cato Institute’s bogus new report, call it for what it is: malarkey!

Check out criticism of the fake report from climate scientists at the Daily Climateand additional comparison from Professor Scott Mandia. For more on the Koch brothers’ climate denial machine, check out this illustrative video and keep your eyes out for Cato:

 



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7 comments on "Koch Brothers Produce Counterfeit Climate Report to Deceive Congress"

dwdallam

October 24, 2012 1:18am

(Cato’s + Koch) + science = oxymoron

marsone

October 23, 2012 10:12pm

GLOBAL WARMING,,,CLIMATE CHANGE....JUST GOTTA HAVE A SOLUTION TO SOLVE THAT PROBLEM...OH,,,OH.....I GOT A GOOD SOLUTION, IT WILL SOLVE AT LEAST TWO PROBLEMS IN ONE...THE CHEM TRAILS PROGRAM..NEED I SAY MORE....G.M.

marsone

October 23, 2012 10:12pm

GLOBAL WARMING,,,CLIMATE CHANGE....JUST GOTTA HAVE A SOLUTION TO SOLVE THAT PROBLEM...OH,,,OH.....I GOT A GOOD SOLUTION, IT WILL SOLVE AT LEAST TWO PROBLEMS IN ONE...THE CHEM TRAILS PROGRAM..NEED I SAY MORE....G.M.

marsone

October 23, 2012 10:12pm

GLOBAL WARMING,,,CLIMATE CHANGE....JUST GOTTA HAVE A SOLUTION TO SOLVE THAT PROBLEM...OH,,,OH.....I GOT A GOOD SOLUTION, IT WILL SOLVE AT LEAST TWO PROBLEMS IN ONE...THE CHEM TRAILS PROGRAM..NEED I SAY MORE....G.M.

anono

October 23, 2012 6:42pm

The Koch's are still living in the deluded hope that Santa Claus is real. That their parents really didn't lie to them for all those years. That the resultant betrayal of trust actually didn't happen. They are simply playing the same game their parents used on them, using lies and deceit to manipulate and control. Global warming is what we get because parents lied to their kids about some fat guy in a red suit. Satan Claus!

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Ang Gree

October 23, 2012 3:00pm

in the rightwing alternate mediaverse the belief system with the most financial support is the One True Religion. those who are stupid and gullible enough to buy into anti-environmentalism (climate change denial is just one item on that toxic menu) are undoubtedly dumb enough to buy into supply-side economics, endless war against islam, endless war against the poor, shutting down infrastructure support, predatory capitalism, social darwinism, and everything else on their sick agenda. time to stop playing softball with these protofascists and start fighting back... peacefully, or not.

clefman

October 23, 2012 12:39pm

It's a sad comment on our, ahem, "representatives", that if you "follow the money" it leads straight to, you guessed it, congress (I use the small case advisedly). Ethics and morality have taken a back seat to expediency among the current crop of faux-representatives in our nation's capital. They (congress) are so used to bending the rules and searching out loopholes to curry-comb monied interests like the Koch-astrophe, that it's no wonder that Bush-league pols sought to re-write the Constitution.

The defenders of the status quo in their frenzied negation of Global Warming remind me of those hapless individuals in a Monty Python skit who after losing an arm in a duel, cry "have at you, sir" to which their opponent answers, "I won't fight you, you've lost an arm". Then the wounded replies, "no. I haven't." Then he goes on to lose another limb and still another, all the while refusing to admit the obvious. Those who live along the seacoast observe daily the rise in sea level, a cruise to Alaska will take you to glaciers constantly calving icebergs. The obvious does not figure into the legislation advantageous to the Koch-astrophe, so the obvious doesn't exist.

Why don't we try something truly revolutionary? Why not try truly representative government? Let's keep track of these "worthies" and recall them if they don't do what they were elected to do. There's been a call to run congress like a business. I agree, with one proviso. Let's run it like a small business. In small business, if a rep does well he's rewarded and kept on to further the business and improve his opportunities. If that rep chooses to work against the needs of that job, he is admonished, given clear instruction on how to better serve his company, then after a period, is let go if he doesn't improve.

*congress has permitted "secret" meetings whose sole purpose is to obstruct needed legislation.
*congress has taken pledges of allegiance to obstructionist oaths designed to obstruct and impede the business of government.

This is not representative government. This is simply what my farmer-grandfather used to call "sloppin' the hogs". As long as we permit this nonsense to go on, there'll be more and more rear ends bent over the troughs provided by men like the Koch-astrophe.