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The Koch Brothers Cancer Connection [VIDEO]

The Koch Brothers Cancer Connection [VIDEO]

First it was election rigging. Then it was undermining environmental laws. Now the Koch brothers stand accused of corporate practices that cause cancer.

The Koch Brothers Exposed campaign and local Arkansas resident David Bouie have asked Charles and David Koch to take a trip down to West Crossett, Arkansas for the air. Not fresh, country air, put air rank with a rotten odor that corrodes metal, and, as local doctors believe, causes cancer.

The Koch Brothers Cancer Connection

It’s part of a campaign to get the Koch-owned Georgia-Pacific paper mill to relocate the surrounding community. Most of the residents are poor and can’t afford to relocate themselves. Residents refuse to go outside. Doctors have given a name to the persistent cough and sore throat citizens feel–the Crossett Crud.

Take a close look at West Crossett, Arkansas. This is the America the Koch brothers and their Republican bidders push for. It’s a world of little industry regulation and no safety net for those who dedicated their lives to their local business–25 years in the case of Bouie’s family. To show for it they are prisoners in their own home, too poor to leave and too scared to stay.

And if the Republicans have their way, a whole lot more of our country will look like West Crossett.

 

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11:55AM PST on Feb 26, 2012

Anybody heard of the Climate Stewardship Act of 2003? The Act contains many of the ideas described in Peter Barnes' book "Who Owns the Sky?"

Summary of The Lieberman-McCain Climate Stewardship Act
(As debated in the U.S. Senate on October 30, 2003)

On October 30, 2003, Senators Joseph I. Lieberman (D-CT) and John McCain (R-AZ) brought a revised version of their Climate Stewardship Act of 2003 (S.139) to a vote in the United States Senate. While the measured failed by a vote of 43 to 55, the vote demonstrated growing bipartisan support for a genuine climate change policy.

The revised version of the bill would require the Administrator of the EPA to promulgate regulations to limit the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the electricity generation, transportation, industrial, and commercial economic sectors (as defined by EPA's Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks). The affected sectors accounted for approximately 85% of the overall U.S. emissions in the year 2000. The bill also would provide for the trading of emissions allowances and reductions through a National Greenhouse Gas Database which would contain an inventory of emissions and registry of reductions.

Target: The bill would cap the 2010 aggregate emissions level for the covered sectors at the 2000 level. The bill's emissions limits would not apply to the agricultural and the residential sectors. Certain subsectors would be exempt if the Administrator determined that it was not feasible to

9:08AM PST on Feb 26, 2012

Anybody heard of a University of Chicago economist called Ronald Coase? He had this line of thought called the "free market environmentalism". In Coase model, pollution is a two-sided problem involving a polluter and a pollutee.

7:35AM PST on Feb 25, 2012

Do you want to understand why bad things like this are happening? Check out Peter Barnes's book "Capitalism 3.0". His book can be downloaded free at http://capitalism3.com/home .

7:32AM PST on Feb 25, 2012

Do you want to understand why bad things like this are happening? Check out Peter Barnes's book "Capitalism 3.0". His book can be downloaded free at http://capitalism3.com/home .

5:09AM PST on Feb 25, 2012

very sad

6:13AM PST on Feb 8, 2012

Set up walls around the plant to contain harmful emissions. Let's see how the management will enjoy working day after day in toxic fumes. Bet there will be a decrease in productivity... Then the Koch brothers may want to shut it down because it's losing money...

6:08AM PST on Feb 8, 2012

Want things to change? Check out the National Popular Vote at http://www.nationalpopularvote.com/ . Enter zip code to ask your legislator to pass the NPV

5:53PM PST on Feb 7, 2012

Kochs' Cancers Kill.....not new News....spread the truth

5:50PM PST on Feb 7, 2012

Some would say regulation kills profits, but an absence of regulation kills people.

Obviously when there are no boundaries, nor agencies to enforce those boundaries , corporations will put profits above breathable air, drinkable water, and even human survival.

If the GOP and like minded people are of the mind that life is better without regulation, then why bother having any laws at all?

5:37PM PST on Feb 7, 2012

The Koch Brothers ARE a cancer & we must fnd a cure

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