Koch Bros Half Century of Dirty Tar Sands Support Uncovered

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A new extensive exposé Inside Climate News has pulled back the curtain a bit on how deep and how long the environmentally-infamous Koch Brothers ties go. It's one of those things that's too long to sum up in your garden variety blog post, so I'll just excerpt a bit:

...less well documented are the many Koch businesses that benefit from the brothers' efforts to push the center of American political discourse rightward, closer to their own convictions. At the top of the list are the Koch family's long and deep investments in Canada's heavy oil industry, which have been central to the company's initial growth and subsequent diversification since 1959. [...] Sources reveal that Koch Industries has touched virtually every aspect of the tar sands industry since the company established a toehold in Canada more than 50 years ago. It has been involved in mining bitumen, the hydrocarbon resin found in the oil sands; in pipeline systems to collect and transport Canadian crude; in exporting the heavy oils to the U.S.; in refining the sulfurous, low-grade feedstock; and in the subsequent distribution and sale of a variety of finished products, from jet fuel to asphalt. The company has also created or collaborated with other companies that have become leading players in the development of Alberta's oil resources, and it remains deeply invested in western Canada’s oil patch.

Read the whole thing, please: Inside Climate News

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