Koch Brothers Declare War On Electric Cars

Cenk Uygur, John Iadarola, Ana Kasparian & Ben Mankiewicz | (The Young Turks Video) | – –

“This is the election where we’re finally focusing on the corrosive affect of money in politics, we now have one more issue that we can add to that list and once again it involves the Koch brothers. A Koch Industries back advocacy group is declaring war on electric cars. Cenk Uygur, John Iadarola, Ana Kasparian and Ben Mankiewicz of The Young Turks break down the war on electric cars, and the real reasons for it . . .

“The oil and gas industry may have thought it had killed the electric car, but sales — boosted by generous government subsidies — rose dramatically between 2010 and 2014, and energy giants are worried the thing may have come back to life.

Time to kill it again.

A new group that’s being cobbled together with fossil fuel backing hopes to spend about $10 million dollars per year to boost petroleum-based transportation fuels and attack government subsidies for electric vehicles, according to refining industry sources familiar with the plan. A Koch Industries board member and a veteran Washington energy lobbyist are working quietly to fund and launch the new advocacy outfit.

Koch Industries, the nation’s second-largest privately held corporation, is an energy and industrial conglomerate with $115 billion in annual revenues that is controlled by the multibillionaire brothers — and prolific conservative donors — Charles and David Koch. James Mahoney, a confidante of the brothers and member of their company’s board, has teamed up with lobbyist Charlie Drevna, who until last year helmed the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers, for preliminary talks with several energy giants about funding the new pro-petroleum fuels group.”

The Young Turks: “Koch Brothers Declare War On Electric Cars”

10 Responses

  1. D Fuller

    Something horribly wrong with the Kochs’ thinking. Damaged, possibly by their excessive wealth.

    • It’s about bringing all the critical institutions necessary for survival under control of regional oligarchs, under reactionary slogans like “states’ rights” and “restoring the republic.” Lots of electric car buyers are interested in putting up solar panels and selling power back to their local utilities when they’re not recharging their cars. The Kochs aimed their attacks on laws requiring that utilities buy that power. But their agenda is broadening into an attempt to keep power generation under the control of utility companies, which their other tentacles will try to fully deregulate. They use Bush’s “opportunity society” lies to teach people that they’re worthless because they’re not entrepreneurs, but what could be more entrepreneurial than making your own electricity or growing non-Monsanto seeds? Genuine self-reliance, as opposed to the fake self-reliance of gun-nut sprawl parasites in debt-ridden McMansions living on speculative bubbles, is what they want to prevent.

  2. Super Mind Man

    @noreallyhowcome I want 7 Car electric Trains for America, hauling People, luggage, and boxed merchandise /Cargo so please ask,,

  3. Dana Pearson

    Unstoppable… they are the worst but irrelevant. Climate insanity has started; fossiles are done. No way out but forward.

  4. Do not fight electric & hybrid cars. Look forward and make your own EV. Imagine a KOCH EV KAR…

  5. Why do these Koch Bros. articles overlook Oxbow Corporation? Oxbow is a privately-owned company which was founded by William I. Koch, the brother of David Koch and Charles Koch, who operate Koch Industries.

    Oxbow Corporation business arms are focused on the “mining” and marketing of energy and commodities such as petcoke, coal, natural gas, petroleum and metallurgical furnace fuels. Oxbow is a leading “producer” and shipper of petcoke, the “dirtiest” form of fuel sold commercially.

    Oxbow subsidiary, Oxbow Carbon LLC, is one of the world’s largest recyclers of refinery waste aka petcoke to be sold into countries which have no regulation or enforcement to stem pollution. Petcoke is banned in the U.S. as a source of fuel.

    Oxbow also operates a growing international transportation enterprise necessary for the global movement and distribution of their products of planetary poison and other “cargos.”

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