Koch Brothers Donate $1M To Campaign To Suspend CA's Climate Law

I suppose this should be filed somewhere under "dog bites man." I keep wondering: Do the Koch brothers live in a different universe, one without massive heat waves, blizzards and storms? One where all kinds of wildlife is showing up in places where it's not supposed to be? It can't just be about money -- they already have more money than they'll ever spend.

So it must be that they just like bending the national agenda to their will. Thank God this is America, where Big Money really can buy anything!

An oil company headed by conservative billionaires David and Charles Koch has contributed $1 million to the campaign to suspend the state's landmark climate change law.

Flint Hills Resources does not have any oil interests in California but is a big opponent of climate change legislation around the country.

On Thursday, the Kansas-based refining and chemicals manufacturer threw its weight behind Proposition 23, the ballot initiative that seeks to suspend California's greenhouse gas reduction law until the economy improves.

"This is a significant game changer," said Craig Holman, a campaign finance expert at Public Citizen, a Washington, D.C.-based consumer advocacy group. "They want to stop the state that's well known for leading the way when it comes to climate change legislation."

California secretary of state's office records show that Flint Hills is now the third largest backer of Proposition 23, behind Texas-based oil companies Valero Energy Corp. and Tesoro Corp.

On Thursday, Tesoro also donated $1 million to the Yes on 23 Committee, bringing its total contributions to about $1.5 million. Overall, the committee has raised more than $8.2 million, with nearly half, or about $4 million, coming from Valero.

Flint Hills spokeswoman Katie Stavinoha said the company believes that California's law sets a bad precedent for the rest of the nation.

"Flint Hills believes that implementing the law will cause significant job losses and higher energy costs," Stavinoha said.


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