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General Dynamics and its Dynamic Generals

General Dynamics and its Dynamic Generals

BIG 5 DEFENSE CONTRACTOR GENERAL DYNAMICS AND ITS DYNAMIC GENERALS
Global Revolution 1: American Revolution 2: Day 28: Communication 1
14 Oct 2011 (g1a2d0028c1)

Part 1 of 4: National Security Inc.

“The evolution of General Dynamics was based on one simple strategy: Follow the money. The company embraced the emerging intelligence-driven style of warfare. It developed small-target identification systems and equipment that could intercept an insurgent’s cellphone and laptop communications. It found ways to sort the billions of data points collected by intelligence agencies into piles of information that a single person could analyze. It also began gobbling up smaller companies that could help it dominate the new intelligence landscape, just as its competitors were doing. Between 2001 and 2010, the company acquired 11 firms specializing in satellites, signals and geospatial intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, technology integration and imagery. On Sept. 11, 2001, General Dynamics was working with nine intelligence organizations. Now it has contracts with all 16. Its employees fill the halls of the NSA and DHS. The corporation was paid hundreds of millions !
of dollars to set up and manage DHS’s new offices in 2003, including its National Operations Center, Office of Intelligence and Analysis and Office of Security. Its employees do everything from deciding which threats to investigate to answering phones.”

http://projects.washingtonpost.com/top-secret-america/articles/national-security-inc/1/

Part 2 of 4: General Dynamics Elects General James L. Jones to Board of Directors

“General Dynamics (NYSE: GD) board of directors has elected retired U.S. Marine Corps general James L. Jones to be a director of the corporation, effective Aug. 3, 2011. Jones, 67, is currently president of global consulting firm Jones Group International and served as National Security Advisor to the President of the United States from January 2009 to November 2010. Previously, he was Supreme Allied Commander of the U.S. European Command and served as the 32nd Commandant of the Marine Corps, which he served for more than 40 years until his 2007 retirement. Jones is also on the boards of the Center for Strategic and International Studies and the Atlantic Council of the United States, among other institutions.”

http://www.govconwire.com/2011/08/general-dynamics-elects-gen-james-l-jones-to-board-of-directors/

Part 3 of 4: From the Pentagon to the private sector

“Retired General William S. Wallace, who ran the Army’s Training and Doctrine Command before retiring in 2008, said he was not representing one of the prospective bidders at the time of the meeting. Like the other participants, however, one of the ethics questions he was asked to answer, according to a blank copy, was whether he intended to consult in the future for a client that may have a direct interest in bidding on the new tank… Wallace declined to say how he answered that question. Wallace confirmed that he is now a consultant for General Dynamics Land Systems Division, which is seeking to win the ground combat vehicle contract.”

http://articles.boston.com/2010-12-26/news/29319170_1_generals-defense-firms-private-sector
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Part 4 of 4: Dynamic Generals

“Nothing lubricates the wheels of defense commerce better than to have General Dynamics’ boardroom filled with retired generals and admirals?

* Jay L. Johnson, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer – Retired Admiral, U.S. Navy. Chief of Naval Operations from 1996 to 2000.
* George A. Joulwan, Director and Chairman, Compensation Committee – Retired General, U.S. Army. Supreme Allied Commander, Europe, from 1993 to 1997. Commander-in-Chief, Southern Command from 1990 to 1993.
* Paul G. Kaminski, Director and Chairman, Finance and Benefit Plans Committee – Under Secretary of U.S. Department of Defense for Acquisition and Technology from 1994 to 1997.
* John M. Keane, Director – Retired General, U.S. Army. Vice Chief of Staff of the Army from 1999 to 2003.
* Lester L. Lyles, Director – Retired General, U.S. Air Force. Commander of the Air Force Materiel Command from 2000 to 2003. Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force from 1999 to 2000.
* Robert Walmsley, Director – Retired Vice Admiral, Royal Navy. Chief of Defence Procurement for the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence from 1996 to 2003.

[The] key nodes in the corrupt government-corporate nexus are clearly at the highest levels where tax dollars get siphoned into private bank accounts by retired generals and former government officials who smugly regard the practice as the way Washington works. Indeed it is – and it is the way capitalism corrupts democracy.”

http://warincontext.org/2010/07/20/dynamic-generals/

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ExxonMobil: High Earnings, Low Taxes, No Ethics

ExxonMobil: High Earnings, Low Taxes, No Ethics

EXXON MOBIL: HIGH EARNINGS, LOW TAXES, NO ETHICS
Global Revolution 1: American Revolution 2: Day 29: Communication 1
15 Oct 2011 (g1a2d0029c1)

Exxon Mobil Corporation is the the world’s largest publicly traded international oil and gas company. It is a direct descendant of John D. Rockefeller’s Standard Oil monopoly and – along with BP, Chevron, Royal Dutch Shell, and Total S.A. – one of the five global oil and gas ‘supermajors’.

“Over the past two years [2009-2010], ExxonMobil reported $9.91 billion in pretax U.S. profits. But it enjoyed so many tax subsidies that its federal income tax bill was only $39 million – a tax rate of only 0.4 percent.”

http://www.ctj.org/pdf/energy20110429.pdf

“Even when Exxon Mobil had a record profit of $40 billion in 2008 due to record oil prices it had only a 31 percent effective tax rate. That’s 13 percent lower than the maximum 35 percent despite being Exxon Mobil’s fifth year as the top corporate earner in Fortune 500’s annual listing. The company paid NO TAXES AT ALL to the U.S. federal government in 2009 on its domestic profits of nearly $2.6 billion. It appears that they avoided the tax man that year by legally funneling their profits through wholly owned subsidiaries in countries like the Cayman Islands, and reinvesting their earnings overseas… More striking still is the discrepancy between Exxon Mobil’s rates and those of most American breadwinners. The company’s effective rate of 17.6 percent is nearly 16 percent below the average individual federal tax rate, which according to the Congressional Budget Office was 20.4 percent as of 2007.”

http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/2011/05/tax_man.html

It is not by accident that one of the world’s largest and most profitable corporations gets to keep so much of its earnings. In 2010 alone, Exxon Mobil spent $12.45 million keeping an army of 50 mostly ‘revolving-door’ lobbyists marching up and down the halls of Congress maximizing its federal income tax loopholes while minimizing all those pesky environmental protection and anti-trust regulations:

http://www.opensecrets.org/lobby/clientlbs.php?id=D000000129&year=2010

This of course leaves them with plenty of cash for PR propaganda campaigns aimed at whitewashing their corporate image to not only wipe away unpleasant memories of the Exxon Valdez oil spill but also distract attention from inconvenient truths like their #2 ranking among the Toxic 100 Air Polluters in the U.S.:

http://www.peri.umass.edu/toxic_index/

That disclosure of course tags Exxon Mobil as a key contributor to the larger “Inconvenient Truth” of Global Warming, and the response of their spinmeisters has been to flood our corporate-controlled media with authoritative-sounding denials that such a thing even exists. And while Wikipedia entries are often incomplete, inaccurate or subjectively skewed, in this case the supporting references that follow indicate they got it right:

“A recent analysis by Carbon Brief from 2011 concluded that 9 out of 10 climate scientists who claim that climate change is not happening have ties to ExxonMobil. The results showed that out of the 938 papers cited by climate sceptics, 186 of them were written by only ten men, and foremost among them was Dr Craig D. Idso, who personally authored 67 of them. Idso is the president of the Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change, an ExxonMobil funded think tank. The second most prolific was Dr Patrick Michaels, a senior fellow at the Cato Institute, who receives roughly 40% of his funding from the oil industry.”

http://www.zmescience.com/ecology/climate-change-papers-exxon-mobil/

http://www.carbonbrief.org/blog/2011/04/900-papers-supporting-climate-scepticism-exxon-links/

http://www.greenpeace.org/international/en/news/features/dirty-money-climate-30032010/

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* “Two days after [this report] was published, [Philip] Cooney resigned his position as chief of staff for the White House Council on Environmental Quality and got a job at ExxonMobil. However, his resignation was planned months before the memo was leaked and he had already accepted the position at ExxonMobil.”

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BP PLC: Politics, Payola and Petroleum

BP PLC: Politics, Payola and Petroleum

BP PLC: POLITICS, PAYOLA AND PETROLEUM
Global Revolution 1: American Revolution 2: Day 30: Communication 1
IronBoltBruce’s Kleptocracy Chronicles: 16 Oct 2011 (g1a2d0030c1)

If you rank our federal government’s Top 100 contractors according to their total reported instances of misconduct since 1995, the number one spot turns out to be a three-way tie at 57 between Lockheed Martin, Exxon Mobil, and BP P.L.C. (formerly “British Petroleum”, now simply “BP”). Between them, however, BP is the winner in terms of their associated misconduct dollars for the period, which totalled over $2.65 billion:

http://www.contractormisconduct.org/index.cfm?sort=3

Yet despite their responsibility for the worst oil spill and ecological disaster in Gulf Coast history, which capped off a litany of repeat offenses involving multiple charges of Clean Air Act violations, hazardous waste violations, employee safety violations, anti-trust violations and other white collar crimes, BP is perennially “awarded” megabucks government contracts by Uncle Sam, including over $1 billion in new contracts last year:

http://www.contractormisconduct.org/index.cfm/1,73,221,html?ContractorID=61&ranking=65

Given that their principal product – petroleum – is an undifferentiated commodity for which they possess no exclusivity, one might question how a “foreign” corporation with such a deplorable reputation is able to keep their snout in the Washington trough. The answer is that since its genesis circa 1909 as the Anglo-Persian Oil Company (APOC) subsidiary of Burmah Oil Company, the history of BP has been as much about politics and payola as it has about petroleum. Some say the grease started flowing in 1923 when a young Winston Churchill “…secretly accepted 5,000 pounds – the equivalent of perhaps millions in today’s money – from Burmah Oil to lobby the British government to allow Burmah to collar Persian [i.e. Iranian] oil resources.”

http://www.independent.ie/opinion/columnists/kevin-myers/the-greatest-20th-century-beneficiary-of-popular-mythology-has-been-the-cad-churchill-1876680.html

Whenever it began, BP’s political payola still gushes to this day. From 1989 to 2010, BP contributed $3,437,884 to U.S. candidates on both sides of the political spectrum, with Barack H. Obama blowing by George W. Bush to take the top recipient slot. And what their puppets got directly was chump change compared to the $62,010,584 BP has funneled to (and through?) Washington lobbyists since 1997. And to make sure the beneficiaries of all that generosity know exactly what is expected in return, since 1995 no less than 24 BP employees have been seated on no less than 24 key federal “advisory” committees:

http://influenceexplorer.com/organization/bp/6677c9b020c94e25b05168fe3e6e8aa2

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The web is awash with conspiracy theories involving BP, Halliburton, Transocean, Goldman Sachs and others having to do with intent or foreknowledge of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig catastrophe, selling and short-selling of impacted stocks prior to the Gulf Oil Spill disaster, the application of deadly dispersants and the disappearance of whistleblowers afterwards, and more. We have neither investigated nor verified any of these, and include this video reference only for your awareness and speculation.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ZuxYSjZ3-k

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Time Warner Cable: Buying Legislators and Selling Legislation

Time Warner Cable: Buying Legislators and Selling Legislation

Many Americans think that at the state level a bill becomes law only if it is passed by both House and Senate and signed by the Governor. Not so. Across our 50 states we have no less than 63 ways a bill can become “law without signature” by a Governor looking to avoid controversy or accountability that might quash their Presidential hopes or land them in jail:

http://tinyurl.com/3euvua9

One such bill was North Carolina House Bill 129 (NC H129), which on 21 May of this year became North Carolina Session Law 2011-84 (SL 2011-84) without the signature of Governor Beverly Eaves “B” Perdue … whose last name is actually that of her dead ex-husband … whose middle name is her current husband’s last name … and the “B”, well, ask Andy about that.

http://tinyurl.com/43p4hrf

Anyway, with Aunt B’s inaction the “Level Playing Field/Local Government Competition” bill – like the USA PATRIOT Act of a decade before – was passed into law with covenants that were the exact opposite of its Orwellian cover. Opponents like the Institute for Local Self Reliance referred to NC H129 as the “Time Warner Cable Monopoly Protection Act”, and with good reason.

http://tinyurl.com/3s3knvj

As Federal Communications Commissioner Mignon Clyburn warned, “Do not let the title fool you. This measure, if enacted, will not only fail to level the playing field; it will discourage municipal governments from addressing deployment in communities where the private sector has failed to meet broadband service needs. In other words, it will be a significant barrier to broadband deployment and may impede local efforts to promote economic development.”

http://tinyurl.com/3bdb4f6

Another reason the Time Warner Cable logo should have been on the cover of NC H129 is that, according to industry watchdog StopTheCap.com, it was Time Warner’s lawyers and lobbyists who actually drafted th legislation and assigned it to State Representative Marilyn Avila to sponsor. And sponsor it she did, despite the fact that it was opposed by many of her own constituents:

“Raleigh’s City Council adopted a resolution opposing Avila’s legislation, written on behalf of Time Warner Cable. H129 will destroy North Carolina’s community-owned broadband networks and prevent new ones from launching. Council Member Bonner Gaylord, who authored the resolution, says passage of these kinds of anti-competitive bills would stop local governments from providing needed communications services, especially advanced high-speed broadband, and deny local governments the availability of federal grants under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to assist in providing affordable access to high-capacity broadband service in unserved and underserved areas.”

http://tinyurl.com/4y8z3sy

But despite a thumbs down from industry watchdogs, and over the protests of the cities and people of the state, NC H129 still received the support of enough legislators to become law. And how did Time Warner Cable garner the necessary votes? They bought them, as Joey Mornin explains:

“If you’re like most Americans, you probably buy your Internet service from one of a small handful of corporate providers. The big incumbent broadband providers – like Comcast, AT&T, Verizon, and Time Warner Cable – often enjoy monopoly or duopoly privileges in the areas they serve. Recently, some communities have started to implement their own municipal broadband networks. These community-owned networks are often faster, cheaper, and more reliable than the corporate alternatives. In North Carolina, for instance, community-owned networks like Fibrant and Greenlight consistently outperform the commercial offerings from Time Warner, AT&T, and CenturyLink. Similar municipal broadband projects are taking root across the country. Their expansion, however, threatens the comfortable markets that corporate broadband providers have come to expect. In what could become a typical case, Time Warner is supporting a bill in the North Carolina state legislature that would impose sharp limits on the growth of municipal broadband networks. Despite widespread opposition, the bill recently passed in both chambers of the state legislature. Time Warner, which reported $26 billion in revenue in 2010, has donated over $6.3 million to North Carolina politicians over the last four years.”

http://tinyurl.com/3rwe496

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Chevron Oil: Big Boat for Condi, Big Bucks for Bushbama

Chevron Oil: Big Boat for Condi, Big Bucks for Bushbama

“In 2001, Chevron acquired Texaco and became the second largest oil company in the United States. The company produces nearly 3 million barrels of oil a day and has operations in 120 countries. In addition to oil, Chevron also owns a chemicals subsidiary and holds a stake in Dynegy, a power company. Chevron lobbies on all energy issues, including the proposal to open up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling. After never before spending $10 million on federal lobbying efforts, Chevron spent nearly $13 million in 2008, followed by lobbying expenditures of $20.8 million in 2009 and $12.9 million in 2010.”

http://tinyurl.com/3tmgk9k

Like every corporate giant we investigate, Chevron’s political campaign contributions end up in the pockets of both Democrats and Republicans. Historically, however, the Red team has been heavily favored over the Blue. This is understandable, given Chevron’s long-standing ties to the Bush family, as exemplified by this 2005 quote from the Washington Post: “Wayne L. Berman, a principal lobbyist for Chevron, is a Bush ‘Ranger [personal fundraiser]’, having raised at least $200,000 for the president’s campaign. His wife, Lea, is the White House social secretary.”

http://tinyurl.com/cy7db

Dubya’s Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice pushed through the Chevron/Bush BigCorp/BigGov revolving door more than once. After serving on Bush senior’s National Security Council from 1989 to 1991, in 1992 Chevron brought her onto their Board of Directors to leverage her taxpayer-subsidized political contacts to land a $10 billion contract in Kazakhstan. She must have done a good job, because the next year Chevron named a 129,000-ton supertanker in her honor, the SS Condoleeza Rice. For obvious reasons, shortly after Rice joined the second Bush administration in 2001 her big boat was quietly renamed the SS Altair Voyager:

http://tinyurl.com/3q447xb

According to Influence Explorer, Chevron shelled out $12,053,212 in campaign contributions between 1989 and 2010, and they have spent a staggering $82,144,825 on lobbying since 1997. They gave to both Arnold Schwarzenegger (R-CA) and Gray Davis (D-CA), and to both John McCain (R-AZ) and Barack Obama (D-IL), favoring the Republicans in each case:

http://tinyurl.com/3zx8jjk

The 2008 Presidential election in isolation, however, was an exception. In that cycle, Chevron as well as BP and Exxon gave more money to Democratic candidate Obama than they did to Republican candidate McCain:

http://tinyurl.com/3ceq4yr

Perhaps they sensed that “change” was coming, and they wanted to make sure that change was – as it turned out to be – in name only. Or perhaps, they wanted all bases covered because they knew this was coming:

[20-Sep-2011] “Ecuadorans suing Chevron Corp. over pollution in the Amazon rain forest are one step closer to collecting a $9.5 billion judgment against the San Ramon company. A U.S. appeals court on Monday lifted a lower court’s order that had blocked the Ecuadorans from collecting money in the long-running lawsuit. In February, a judge in Ecuador ruled that Chevron should pay to clean up contamination in the oil fields where Texaco, bought by Chevron in 2001, once worked. But the company persuaded a U.S. judge to block enforcement, arguing that the verdict was the result of fraud. Chevron even filed a criminal conspiracy case against the Ecuadorans. Monday’s order by the Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York put that case on hold. It also lifted the injunction, issued by U.S. District Court Judge Lewis Kaplan, that had prevented the Ecuadorans from collecting the massive judgment against Chevron.”

http://tinyurl.com/42b3jyf

http://truecostofchevron.com/

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Royal Dutch Shell: The World’s Dirtiest Oil Company

Royal Dutch Shell: The World's Dirtiest Oil Company

Part 1 of 3: Ties to the American Legislative Exchange Council

“[Royal Dutch Shell PLC a.k.a. Shell Oil Company a.k.a.] Shell is a corporate member of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) as of 2011. G. Edward Pickle, Senior Government Affairs Counsel of Shell Oil Company, is Shell’s representative to ALEC’s Civil Justice Task Force. It was a ‘Chairman’ level sponsor of the 2011 American Legislative Exchange Council Annual Conference, which in 2010, equated to $50,000. Shell also sponsored the Plenary Session speeches on August 4th, 2011, by ALEC ‘scholars’ Arthur B. Laffer and Stephen Moore… ALEC is not a lobby; it is not a front group. It is much more powerful than that. Through ALEC, behind closed doors, corporations hand state legislators the changes to the law they desire that directly benefit their bottom line. Along with legislators, corporations have membership in ALEC. Corporations sit on all nine ALEC task forces and vote with legislators to approve ‘model’ bills. They have their own corporate governing board which meets jointly with the legislative board. (ALEC says that corporations do not vote on the board.) They fund almost all of ALEC’s operations. Participating legislators, overwhelmingly conservative Republicans, then bring those proposals home and introduce them in statehouses across the land as their own brilliant ideas and important public policy innovation – without disclosing that corporations crafted and voted on the bills. ALEC boasts that it has over 1,000 of these bills introduced by legislative members every year, with one in every five of them enacted into law. ALEC describes itself as a ‘unique,’ ‘unparalleled’ and ‘unmatched’ organization. It might be right. It is as if a state legislature had been reconstituted, yet corporations had pushed the people out the door. Learn more at http://ALECexposed.org

http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Shell_Oil_Company

Part 2 of 3: The Oil Spill the World Forgot

“As the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico continues to dominate headlines around the world, public outrage is being focused more intensely upon BP and its gaffe-prone CEO Tony Hayward. But amidst this crisis, the public should not forget the atrocities committed by other massive oil companies. For example, Royal Dutch Shell’s drilling operations have been spilling oil into the Niger Delta in Nigeria since 1958. Because Nigeria is an impoverished nation and oil revenues fund a majority of government operations, Shell and other companies have been able to drill and pollute without serious oversight for all these years. It is estimated that 13 million barrels of oil have spilled into the delta, making life even more difficult for the region’s destitute residents. Shell blames the constant spills on attacks from “rebels,” who are in fact minority ethnic groups who feel they have been exploited and displaced by foreign oil companies. But Shell would never consider pulling out of the region or finding ways to avoid ethnic strife. Instead, Shell has proceeded with business as usual, and spilled a record 14,000 tons of crude oil into the delta last year [2009].”

http://www.prwatch.org/news/2010/06/9164/oil-spill-world-forgot

Part 3 of 3: Shell’s Big Dirty Secret: Insight into the world’s most carbon intensive oil company

“This new research paper rates the carbon intensity of the top international oil companies, revealing that Shell is now the most carbon intensive oil company in the world based on its total resources. This report documents Shell’s record investment in dirty forms of energy, and it illuminates the corporate strategy and lobbying for regulations that indicate it intends to profit from that position for a long time to come. Our key conclusions are:

* Shell holds more carbon in its resources, per barrel of future oil equivalent, than any other major international oil company. Shell is therefore the world’s most carbon intensive oil company;

* The average carbon intensity of each barrel of oil and gas Shell produces is set to rise dramatically, increasing 85 per cent on today’s figure;

* This sharp increase is caused by Shell’s move into oil sands, its reliance on liquefied natural gas (LNG) and its continued gas flaring in Nigeria;

* Shell continues to expand investments in oil sands and oil shale, relying on the dirtiest technologies to establish itself as a leader in the industry;

* Shell has stopped its investments in renewables, except for biofuels, which pose a whole new set of environmental problems;

* Internal documents obtained in the discovery process of Wiwa v. Shell reveal that although Shell could have ended gas flaring in the early ’90’s, it decided it was more profitable not to;

* Shell continues to flare gas in Nigeria at levels which, according to its own figures, are only 12% less than those of 1999 after accounting for the reductions due to community unrest;

* Because of all of the above, Shell is more vulnerable to carbon pricing and subject to greater carbon risk than its peers.

* Therefore, Shell is leading industry lobby efforts in Washington, Brussels, and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change to weaken and neuter legislation and regulation to tackle climate change.”

http://priceofoil.org/educate/resources/shells-big-dirty-secret/

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Koch Industries, Keystone XL and Killer Kleptocracy

Koch Industries, Keystone XL and Killer Kleptocracy

Koch (pronounced like “Coke”) Industries is a private corporate conglomerate controlled by two brothers – Charles G. and David H. Koch – each of whom own 42% of the company. Diversfied in chemicals and refining along with consumer products and commodity trading, the company’s subsidiaries and brands include many household names such as Georgia-Pacific (Dixie Cups and Tableware) and Invista (Stainmaster Carpets). With over 70,000 employees and over $100 billion in annual revenues, Forbes ranks Koch Industries as the second largest privately-held company in America:

http://tinyurl.com/626tuoe

Worth an estimated $25 billion each, the Koch Brothers share the #4 position on the Forbes list of the 400 richest people in America. Their individual net worths are exceeded only by those of Bill Gates, Warren Buffet and Larry Ellison. Forbes also ranks Charles Koch and David Koch among the world’s 68 most powerful people:

http://tinyurl.com/4dena48

http://tinyurl.com/268cvag

The Koch Brothers have wealth, power and an insatiable appetite for more of both. And what they cannot earn through free enterprise, they acquire through other means. Each year they pour millions of dollars into the financing of several “Astroturf” grassroots organizations, and a complete list of the politicians they bankroll at both the national and state level might read like a Who’s Who of American politics, e.g.:

http://tinyurl.com/5w7lgo6

The Koch Brothers play to win. If they can’t win by the rules, then they elect politicians willing to pass (or block) the legislation they need to change the rules. And if they still don’t win, then they just ignore the rules. This shocking 3 October 2011 Bloomberg exposé entitled “Koch Brothers Flout Law Getting Richer With Secret Iran Sales” shows just how far they are willing to go to complete their agenda – which has absolutely nothing to do with making the American people more prosperous, or making our nation a better place to live:

http://tinyurl.com/6doxrfz < – THIS IS A MUST READ

A major item on the Koch Brother’s agenda is garnering all the approvals needed for the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, which if built would increase the import of heavy oil from Canadian oil sands to the U.S. by up to 510,000 barrels a day. A 10 February 2011 Reuters release entitled “Koch Brothers Positioned To Be Big Winners If Keystone XL Pipeline Is Approved” disclosed the following:

“Proponents tout [the proposed Keystone XL pipeline] as a boon to national security that would reduce America’s dependence on oil from unfriendly regimes. Opponents say it would magnify an environmental nightmare at great cost and provide only the illusion of national benefit… A SolveClimate News analysis, based on publicly available records, shows that Koch Industries is already responsible for close to 25 percent of the oil sands crude that is imported into the United States, and is well-positioned to benefit from increasing Canadian oil imports… A Koch Industries operation in Calgary, Alberta, called Flint Hills Resources Canada LP, supplies about 250,000 barrels of tar sands oil a day to a heavy oil refinery in Minnesota, also owned by the Koch brothers… Flint Hills Resources Canada also operates a crude oil terminal in Hardisty, Alberta, the starting point of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline… Koch Industries also owns Koch Exploration Canada, L.P., an oil!
sands-focused exploration company also based in Calgary that acquires, develops and trades petroleum properties.”

“[All] eyes had been on Hillary Clinton and the State Department, which is officially weighing the pipeline permit. The application was cruising toward a swift and barely noticed approval early last year, but the BP oil catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico provoked a closer look as environmental security became a national concern… The 1,959-mile pipeline would cut through Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas and Oklahoma to refineries in Texas, and crisscross the Ogallala Aquifer, which [millions of] Americans living in the Midwest rely on for fresh drinking water as well as irrigation… Last July, the EPA rolled up its sleeves and called a time out. The agency deemed the State Department’s environmental review of the Keystone project as ‘inadequate,’ the lowest possible ranking. EPA raised concerns over a potential oil spill over the Ogallala aquifer.”

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According to Wikipedia, “The Ogallala Aquifer, also known as the High Plains Aquifer, is a vast yet shallow underground water table aquifer located beneath the Great Plains in the United States. One of the world’s largest aquifers, it covers an area of approximately 174,000 sq mi (450,000 sq km) in portions of the eight states of South Dakota, Nebraska, Wyoming, Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Texas… About 27 percent of the irrigated land in the United States overlies this aquifer system, which yields about 30 percent of the nation’s ground water used for irrigation. In addition, the aquifer system provides drinking water to 82 percent of the people who live within the aquifer boundary.”

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There is no such thing as an oil pipeline that won’t leak. And when the Keystone XL pipeline starts releasing its toxic contents into our heartland’s lifestream, it will be too late for the American People to say they’d prefer water to Koch.

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