Koch Industries' War On California

Peeling the onion that is environmental legislation always seems to track back to Koch Industries. As a Californian, it frustrates me that the already deeply flawed initiative process is now fair game for out of state corporate interests.

WONKROOM: Moreover, here is a rare clip of Americans for Prosperity operative Meredith Turney bragging to Koch Industries executive David Koch that her front group will help take over the Golden State. Koch Industries fears that laws like California’s revolutionary AB32 will hurt their bottom line, that’s why, like the tobacco industry, they are funding front groups. Here, in a Koch Industries corporate document, they say clean energy laws like AB32 will quote “be very bad news for our industry.”

The ads mentioned at the beginning of the video? I'll bet this $3,000,000 contribution from Valero Services, Inc. on August 6th paid for the media buy. With that contribution, the Prop 23 campaign has spent over $6 million, with over 75% coming from out of state interests like Koch Industries and Valero Energy.

Just like they did with Prop 8, the authors of Prop 23 are relying on out of state money, astroturf groups, and an uninformed electorate to stop a measure to preserve the planet, our health, and leave something to the next generation.

More facts here.


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