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Taking on Koch Industries in Times Sq.

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Wed, Oct 13, 2010 at 6:32 pm

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Taking on Koch Industries in Times Sq.

If you walk through the heart of Times Square today and look up at the 520 sq. ft. CBS superscreen on 42nd St., you’re going to be introduced to the largest oil company you’ve never heard of: Koch Industries.

Consumer Watchdog is running a 30 second commercial parodying a Coca Cola advertisement on a Times Square superscreen that challenges Koch (pronounced ‘Coke’) Industries, “the largest oil company you’ve never heard of,” for its record of environmental degradation, political influence peddling, Tea Party funding and climate change denial.

Koch is the largest private company in the United States, a major polluter, and the principle funder of climate change deniers and the tea party. Recently, the Koch brothers made a $1 million contribution to California’s Prop. 23, which would roll back the most comprehensive greenhouse gas emissions caps in the nation.

We’ve put together a page documenting Koch’s egregious track record at the newly redesigned Oil Watchdog. Koch was named one of the top ten air polluters in the United States. The Koch family foundations have contributed over $48 million in grants to climate opposition groups since 1997 and funneled over $17 million to organizations that “educate,” train, and organize the Tea Party.

Koch Industries is not yet a household name, but in the world of right wing, anti-environment politics, Koch has become an uber-brand. Koch stands for climate change denial, global warming, cash-register politics and propping up the Tea Party.

Every American should know about this company and what its owners stand for. They are dangerous and a threat to our democracy. Given their checkered past, it’s amazing that they’ve managed to stay under the radar for so long. With the help of our superscreen, we’re going to try to put an end to that.


This post was written by:

Jamie Court

- who has written 73 posts on Oil Watchdog.

Jamie Court is the President of Consumer Watchdog and author of The Progressive's Guide to Raising Hell.

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6 Responses to “Taking on Koch Industries in Times Sq.”

  1. Frank Thomas Says:

    Keep up the good work Jamie. We beat the insurance industry in 1988 and we can do it again. Now we have some awesome tools not available before.

    Frank Thomas
    Modesto, Ca


  2. CPT JAVA Says:

    How about you look at the real facts. Koch has put substantial effort into correcting past issues. You are completely overlooking Koch’s track record on EH&S. Koch employees all follow 10 principles the first of which is integrity and second of which is compliance. Employees are held accountable for their adherence to these principles. Most of the examples you put forward happened some time ago. Most people and companies make mistakes. There are accidents. Koch is one of the few companies who has gone to great lengths to address these issues and get into compliance. I would agree that Koch has done more in this area than other oil and gas companies. I dare you to compare the beloved BP’s track record to Koch. BP gets a pass though because of all of their donations to the current administration.

    Koch is all about value creation. For those of you who have been on the government dole so long that you have forgotten what that is, its the process of positive contribution to the economy. Its job creation. Its incentivising people to engage in tasks that add value to the company and reduce waste.

    I can understand how these concepts could be frightening to you. They require everyone to pull their own weight and contribute. They challenge the individual to solve problems with efficiency and in compliance.

    15 years ago what were you doing? Have you made mistakes since then? Have you owned up to those mistakes and taken steps to correct them? Or have you taken the current administration’s role and figured out who to blame first and solved the problem…well…never…


    • Calin Collazo Says:

      You have to be kidding….! The Koch family has contributed more to the Chinese economy via outsourcing in the last 3 years than it has to the local job force… Check THAT out….

      When you have billions in your personal bank account on the backs of the American public; sure you can afford to spend millions on paid advertising to continue your hidden dealings behind closed doors with lowest cost opportunities of slave labor in the Asian market.

      As the people of Henderson, Kentucky who lost an automobile parts industry to the Chinese. All in the name of lowest costs to the Koch family. Do me another favor – Google the private known assets of the Koch family. Where do they live and how do they live?

      You’ll be amazed… In fact, you’ll probably need an increase in your health insurance from Blue Shield after you’ve done your homework. Have a nice day….!


  3. freedomfighter Says:

    CPT JAVA, You’re just another of Koch’s corporate shills. The money you make today won’t do your children and grandchildren any good in the Koch envisioned future where nothing is free or pure, not even the air you breathe.


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