Charles Koch Gives Concerned Student the Cold, Oily Shoulder

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Making good his promise to visit Charles Koch, Cal State LA Senior Joel Francis flew to Wichita, Kansas to the headquarters of Koch Industries and personally delivered a letter re-challenging the oil CEO to a public debate on the future of California's economy.  +

Kiss My Ash: How King Coal’s Lobbyists Are Undermining Coal Ash Regulation

Is this toxic sludge 'hazardous'?  Coal lobbyists are doing everything they can to force the EPA not to regulate it.  Photo credit.

DeSmogBlog and PolluterWatch present: Coal Fired Utilities to American Public: Kiss My Ash [pdf].  This report reveals that between October, 2009 and April, 2010 industry representatives held at least 33 meetings with White House Office of Management and Budget staff--at least 4 months before the first public hearing on the proposed ruling on coal ash was held on August 30th.

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Anthony Kavanagh is a lobbyist for American Electric Power (AEP).  Kavanagh grew up in New York and holds a bachelor's degree in government and politics from Manhattan College and a master's degree in public administration from the University of Southern California.

As Koch Orchestrates Political Strategy Session, Student Demands Debate

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A challenge released today from Cal State LA senior Joel Francis directly confronts Charles Koch, CEO of Koch Industries, to a debate on Proposition 23 and the future of California's economy. +

Chevron Relentlessly Punked by the Yes Men

Chevron takes responsibility for its most eggregious externalities? No way.

In coordination with the launch of a new Chevron ad campaign aimed at boosting public approval of their perceived corporate responsibility, the Yes Men, Rainforest Action Network and Amazon Watch carried out an elaborate public relations jam in which Chevron appeared to be owning up to its environmental and human rights crimes around the world.  Yeah, right. +

Heritage Foundation Cuts and Pastes to Upend Scientific Report

ExxonMobil has given $630,000 to the Heritage Foundation since 1998, and the Kochtopus has given over $3 million.

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This blog was originally posted on October 4, 2010 +

Study Finds Big Oil Money Controls Federal Research Spending, Influences Academia

Who needs academic freedom when you got money?

Oil companies are dictating future energy options by choosing which academic research projects recieve funding. +

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Patrick Quinn is a lobbyist with the Accord Group, which he joined in 1998.  Quinn had previously worked for the Environmental Protection Agency as Associate Administrator for Congressional Affairs from 1986-1992.  He also is a former employee of the National Trade Association, has experience as a Senate assistant and as an executive assistant in the Department of Agriculture.

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