How the Tea Party is bad for the environment
Why the David Koch connection should be a wake-up call for environmentalists.
Wed, Aug 25, 2010 at 02:11 PM
MAN IN THE MIDDLE: Oil baron David Koch may be influencing the Tea Party. (Photo: ZUMA Press)
Nothing goes with a little tea like some Big Oil. In the most recent issue of the New Yorker, Jane Mayer connects one of America’s wealthiest oil families, the Koch family, to the Tea Party movement. Is anyone surprised?
The super wealthy and their entanglement in politics is as American as saying whatever you need to say to get elected.
In terms of wealthy political families, the Rockefellers and Kennedys come to mind. But let’s not overlook the behind-the-scenes pawn-pushers like George Soros on the left, and now perhaps, David Koch on the right.
The Tea Party movement and Koch make perfect sense as a team. Forget that Koch has been both a vice presidential nominee and then presidential candidate for the Libertarian Party, and focus on how he got to be worth an estimated $17 billion by Forbes magazine — dirty businesses.
Government regulation is bad for the Koch family business, which is a conglomeration of pipeline, fertilizer, oil refining and chemical businesses. So, when an anti-government group like the Tea Party movement comes along, Koch takes out the checkbook. This should concern those who vote pro-environment each November, assuming these people actually exist.
Executive branch power, like an EPA ruling, looks to be one of the few avenues left remaining for a legitimate climate policy. If anything can be learned from the Lisa Murkowski resolution, it’s that the Senate is just a few votes shy of being able to veto anything the EPA does. This sounds like exactly what David Koch wants. It sounds exactly like what the Tea Party wants. Is anyone surprised?
In their own words: Koch Industries responds