Backlash against Bill Koch
Thursday, November 08, 2012
Considerable backlash and outrage has emerged over the recent comments of Bill Koch, a coal and oil magnate who is a major funder and Chairman of the opposition group to Cape Wind over an article in the Cape Cod Times in which Koch stated that the benefits of clean energy are "B.S. arguments" and that global warming is unproven.
Letter from George Bachrach, President of the Environmental League of Massachusetts, published in the Cape Cod Times:
The Times deserves credit for getting the elusive billionaire Bill Koch on the record ("Politics shape Cape Wind debate," Nov. 1).
It's hard to know whether to laugh or cry. Koch calls Cape Wind "somewhat of an irritant." Pretty modest for a guy who's spent a decade financing the Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound, his personal front group with no legitimacy in the environmental community. He talks about "visual pollution" but apparently has no problem with real pollution or the scars caused by his coal mines and industry oil rigs off the coast. He talks about the cost of wind energy, but what's the cost of climate change in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Katrina and the BP oil spill? Bill Koch talks about cost, but he never mentions the decades of government subsidies for the fossil fuel industry, where he made his fortune. America is decades behind Europe and China in developing offshore wind. It's a tourist attraction in Copenhagen. It's a job creator in China. It is America's future. And Cape Wind will be built.
George Bachrach, President, Environmental League of Massachusetts
Click here for link to Conservation Law Foundation's blog about Bill Koch's remarks on their webpage Cape Wind Now
Click here to read Miles Grant's reaction to Bill Koch on The Green Miles