And Conservative Activists Who Support Them – A Bunch of Useful Idiots
The billionaire Koch Brothers fund conservative causes, and in spite of the fact that the causes they support are just awful, one at least hoped that they did so out of a dedication to principles. Well it turns out the principles they are dedicated to are the principles of making millions and millions of dollars for the Koch Brothers and their companies.
Case in point, the problem of carbon waste that is generated from the processing of oil from tar sands.
Fabrizio Costantini for The New York Times
An initial refining process known as coking, which releases the oil from the tarlike bitumen in the oil sands, also leaves the petroleum coke, of which
has 79.8 million tons stockpiled. Some is dumped in open-pit oil sands mines
and tailing ponds in Canada .
Much is just piled up there. Alberta
And some is being piled near
Detroit, which in case anyone noticed,
already has enough problems without this.
Now this stuff can be burned to produce energy, but, but, but
And what about the leftover coke? The Environmental Protection Agency will no longer allow any new licenses permitting the burning of petroleum coke in the
. But D. Mark Routt, a
staff energy consultant at KBC Advanced Technologies in United States , said that overseas companies saw it
as a cheap alternative to low-grade coal. In Houston , it is used to generate
electricity, adding to that country’s air-quality problems. There is also
strong demand from China India and
Latin America for American petroleum coke,
where it mainly fuels cement-making kilns.
“I’m not making a value statement, but it comes down to emission controls,” Mr. Routt said. “Other people don’t seem to have a problem, which is why it is going to
which is why it is going to .” China
“One man’s junk is another man’s treasure,” he said. One of the world’s largest dealers of petroleum coke is the Oxbow Corporation, which sells about 11 million tons of fuel-grade coke a year. It is owned by William I. Koch, a brother of David and Charles.
Lorne Stockman, who recently published a study on petroleum coke for the environmental group Oil Change International, says, “It’s really the dirtiest residue from the dirtiest oil on earth,” he said.
So now everyone knows what in part drives the Koch Brothers in their quest to end regulation of pollution and to deny global warming. Plain old ordinary unbridled greed. And the people that support their causes, the ones who will suffer from lack of clean air and clean water, just a bunch of useful idiots thinking they are doing the right thing for freedom when all they are doing is helping billionaires get richer at the expense of the environment.