A Bloomberg Markets investigation revealed Monday that leading climate change denier Koch Industries has repeatedly violated U.S laws, often placing Americans’ health, the environment, and national policy in jeopardy. From less than ethical trading with Iran—a known supporter of terrorists, to knowingly spewing illegal and dangerous amounts of the known carcinogen benzene, Koch industries has shown a blatant disregard for the law and the public’s well-being for more than two decades.
Company culture repeatedly encouraged unethical behaviors and taught employees the “Koch Method,” of how to steal and cheat in order to advance company interests, the investigation revealed. The company’s long history of illegal and unethical behavior illustrates the pervasiveness of the Koch method and shows that the company is willing to forego ethics, public safety, and environmental protections all for the sake of a profit. In addition to other less-than-ethical behaviors, the Bloomberg investigation found that:
In many instances, internal whistleblowers were pressured to falsify documents and keep quiet about the company’s illustrious practices. When they refused, many were pressured to quit or quietly terminated, the investigation found.
The Koch brothers have been major players in politics in recent years, spending millions in lobbying efforts to roll-back vital environmental protections, and bankrolling climate change-denying politicians and the anti-regulation Tea Party. The Koch industries political action committee, KochPAC invested $50,000 on Texas Governor Rick Perry’s gubernatorial campaigns, and has supported Representative Michele Bachmann’s political ventures in the past as well. Both are major climate change deniers, and have openly sought to drastically handicap the EPA. The Koch brothers have played a fundamental role in whipping up support for the dangerous Keystone XL pipeline, and have aggressively worked to dismantle the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) a multi-state effort to curb climate change inducing emissions as well.