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Uproar from 148 scientists forces David Koch to resign from Natural History Museum board

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, due to protests from scientists.

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.

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.

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Graphic via The Natural History Museum

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.

Featured image: David Koch (ArtNews)

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  1. Wilma Salley

    January 22, 2016 at 12:39 pm

    Why did it take this long?

  2. Buzz Burza

    January 22, 2016 at 1:55 pm

    About time….

  3. Zach

    January 22, 2016 at 3:02 pm

    I totally agree with you. You should’ve added in the $900 million the Koch’s are planning to spend during the presidential election. That would make your argument even better by showing this isn’t the only area they donate to in hoping they can by their way, or elect someone who will create regulations benefiting himself.

  4. DrPollak

    January 22, 2016 at 6:12 pm

    These ass warts epitomize one of the largest problems in America today, unequal distribution of wealth ( which the federal tax code and seemingly most republicans wholly support) and the use of that wealth for personal gain, typically to the detriment of others. Many others. Makes me ill they are American. Republicans aren’t they?

  5. A Shiner

    January 23, 2016 at 7:00 am

    One hopes that the Koch brothers bodies will become fatally allergic to oxygen in the near future.

  6. hejohnson43

    January 24, 2016 at 7:04 pm

    All of you have your heads up your asses. It going right back to Al Gore and his Billionaire buddies and you can’t see it. It used to be called Global Warming, until it was proven to have even started to cool. So they changed it to “Climate Change”. No one can dispute that, because the Earths Climate has been changing since the beginning of time. You all talk about the Koch Brothers, but you haven’t mentioned George Soros. Are all of you Collage Grads., or what? Some where along the line the Socialists and Progressives have brained washed the bunch of you. I know they have been working on our kids since grade school for the last 70/+ years brain washing our students, an listening to the bunch of you, looks like they succeeded.

  7. Patricia Patterson Tursi, Ph.D

    January 24, 2016 at 7:15 pm

    I am happy that Koch is out. However, the lack of consideration of geoengineering and natural climate changes as factors in climate change is disturbing. The weaponization of weather is denied and unchallenged.

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