Due to protests from scientists, David Koch is resigning from his post on the board at the American Museum of Natural History after 23 years of pacifying the other board members with stacks of cash.
The Koch family spent millions and millions funding climate change denier groups and their propaganda campaigns, despite David Koch’s decades spent on the board at the American Museum of Natural History.
David Koch’s representatives want you to know that this had nothing to do with scientists from around the world protesting his position, or 23 scientists coming together to write an open letter condemning him.
The letter reads:
We are concerned that the integrity of these institutions is compromised by association with special interests who obfuscate climate science, fight environmental regulation, oppose clean energy legislation, and seek to ease limits on industrial pollution.
For example, David Koch is a major donor, exhibit sponsor and trustee on the Board of Directors at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, and the American Museum of Natural History. David Koch’s oil and manufacturing conglomerate Koch Industries is one of the greatest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions in the United States. Mr. Koch also funds a large network of climate-change-denying organizations, spending over $67 million since 1997 to fund groups denying climate change science.
— Greenpeace USA (@greenpeaceusa) January 22, 2016
The Koch brothers’ influence over America’s national museums has been uncovered recently. The Harvard-Smothsonian Center for Astrophysics is harboring “polluter-funded global warming denier” Dr. Wei-Hock Soon. Documents brought to light by Greenpeace show that he has taken money from the Koch’s and others to produce false proof that solar activity alone causes global warming.
While Koch’s forced resignation by the scientific community is largely a surface victory, and he will undoubtedly continue to funnel his money into his general evil pursuits, we have to know that on some level this at least pissed him off, which is the most vengeance some can hope for.
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