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  • Pompeo, Big Oil and the attack on Iran Deal | Informed Comment

    By Juan Cole | (Informed Comment) | – –
    All you need to know about Mike Pompeo, the four-term congressman from Kansas who is actually from California, is that most of his life he has been in business with the Koch brothers. His appointment as Secretary of State puts a seal on Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris climate accords.
    More dangerously, Trump was straightforward that he put Pompeo in to replace Rex Tillerson in order to destroy the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action treaty between the United Nations Security Council and Iran.
    Pompeo, despite his obvious brilliance, appears to be driven by profound currents of anger, resentment and vindictiveness, and to be unable to feel remorse for purveying falsehoods. His shameful performance at the circus he ran attempting to blame Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for the 2011 Benghazi attack and its aftermath demonstrated a willingness to play fast and loose with the facts and an inquisitorial, McCarthyite mindset.
    His lack of a moral compass makes his connection to the Kochs especially dangerous.
    Charles and David Koch, the notorious billionaires gnawing like termites at the foundations of American democracy, are all about petroleum. They fund phony climate denialism with a Potemkin village of foundations and expert frauds, to make sure oil keeps its value for as long as possible (even at the cost of visiting catastrophes on our children and grandchildren, since burning oil is causing catastrophic global heating).

  • The Secrets of Charles Koch’s Political Ascent

    As Coppin summarized Pearson’s arguments, “It would be necessary to use ambiguous and misleading names, obscure the true agenda, and conceal the means of control. This is the method that Charles Koch would soon practice in his charitable giving, and later in his political actions.”

  • Exclusive: Inside the Koch Brothers’ Secret Billionaire Summit

    Charles and David Koch wrapped up their annual summer seminar on June 16 in Dana Point, California, at the St. Regis Monarch Bay resort—a fitting location for two men whose combined net worth is more than $100 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. The highly secretive mega-donor conference, called “American Courage: Our Commitment to a Free Society,” featured a who’s who of Republican political elites.

  • Climat Changement climatique

    Un célèbre scientifique climato-sceptique américain retourne sa veste qui devait lui tenir trop chaud - Politis,19173.html

    Un professeur de Berkeley financé par un milliardaire du pétrole climato-sceptique change spectaculairement de camp...

    Le célèbre climato-sceptique américain Richard Muller, professeur à l’université de Berkeley, co-fondateur d’un programme scientifique sur l’évolution des températures de la planète vient de battre sa coulpe en expliquant à ses pairs et à ses étudiants que "le réchauffement climatique est une réalité et que les émissions de gaz à effet de serre émis par les activités humaines en sont la cause principale". Un retournement de veste spectaculaire de la part d’un scientifique qui s’est fait connaître au cours des dernières années par ses critiques virulentes et démesurées contre ce qu’il appelait les « réchauffistes ». Le programme universitaire dont il est (était ?) responsable a pourtant été fondé et intégralement financé par un milliardaire du pétrole, le libertarien Charles Koch, adversaire autoproclamé et également virulent des climatologues travaillant pour les Nations Unies au sein du GIEC, le Groupement International pour l’Etude du Climat. Il est connu aux Etats Unis et dans le monde pour avoir soutenu financièrement les groupes de climato-sceptiques, dans de nombreux pays.