Daily Archives: June 14, 2011

DeSmogBlog: Koch Money Fuels AFP Misinformation Campaign On Gas Prices

-By Farron Cousins

June 14, 2011- The Koch-funded Americans for Prosperity (AFP) is taking their misinformation machine on the road in an attempt to convince American consumers that President Obama is causing the spike in gasoline prices. AFP is claiming that the president is intentionally keeping gas prices high because he refuses to allow oil companies to drill for oil in protected areas of the United States.

The tour is necessary for the AFP, as Americans do not believe that President Obama should be blamed for high gasoline prices. A staggering 61% of Americans say that the blame lies on the shoulders of the energy companies, and 59% say that some of the blame lies with the oil speculators. These numbers are not sitting well with the oil industry, and the AFP tour is just one of many oil industry tactics to try to shift public opinion using misinformation.

Truthout: Unions Save Lives

-by Dick Meister

June 14, 2011- A new study shows that unionization is a sure way to dramatically lessen the many deaths and serious injuries that have been all too common in the nation's coal mines.

That's the unequivocal conclusion of the independent study of coal mining between 1993 and 2008 conducted by Stanford law Professor Allson Morantz and funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).

There's no doubting it: Workers in unionized mines are far less likely to be killed or seriously injured than are workers in nonunion mines.

The study indicates that the number of fatalities in individual nonunion mines can decline by one-third up to nearly three-fourths and serious injuries decline by as much as one-third if the mines unionize.

Truthout: Ralph Nader: Koch Brothers Led Fight to Defend Formaldehyde Despite Carcinogenic Evidence

-by: Amy Goodman, Juan Gonzalez and Ralph Nader, Democracy Now! | Interview

June 14, 2011- The government has added formaldehyde to a list of known carcinogens, despite years of lobbying by the chemical industry. Formaldehyde is found in plastics and often used in plywood, particle board, mortuaries and hair salons. The government also said Friday that styrene, which is used in boats, bathtubs and in disposable foam plastic cups and plates, may cause cancer. The conservative billionaire Koch brothers have led the lobbying effort against labeling formaldehyde as a carcinogen. Georgia-Pacific, a subsidiary of Koch Industries, is one of the country’s top producers of formaldehyde. We get reaction from longtime consumer advocate Ralph Nader.

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Huffington Post: Koch Brothers, Grover Norquist Split On Ethanol Subsidies

-By Ryan Grim

June 13, 2011- Opponents of ethanol subsidies got a boost Monday from Koch Industries as the company announced its opposition to the giveaways on the eve of a major vote in the Senate.

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) is pushing a vote on an amendment Tuesday that would end ethanol subsidies and eliminate tariffs on foreign supplies of the biofuel. That would allow companies to use sugar-based Brazilian ethanol, which is cheaper than the domestic corn-based variety, though presents environmental challenges.

Ethanol is a key national issue for the GOP because of the importance of Iowa's early caucus to the presidential primary. Former Gov. Jon Huntsman (R-Utah) is skipping the state, he has said, because his opposition to the subsidies is toxic in the state. The issue has split the Republican Party, with free market advocates and deficit hawks pushing for elimination of the subsidies and corn-state politicians fighting back.

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