The purpose of the Keystone XL Pipeline is to export oil out of the U.S.. Reports have already confirmed Midwest pump prices will go up once the pipeline is functional.
Still the tea party is desperately fighting to make the nation a little less energy independent and big oil a lot richer, like oil moguls David and Charles Koch. Coincidence?
Now tea party freeloaders are all defensive over this “shocking” discovery:
Building Keystone XL Pipeline Could Mean Roughly $100 Billion in Profits for the Koch Brothers, New Report Reveals.
It wasn't long before tea party dunderheads repeated this familiar old refrain in the comments section:
Jake5577: Ah yes, those bad straw men the Koch brothers. They’re behind everything. No need to debate issues, or costs and benefits, or compare options. Just isolate and demonize your opponents. It’s lazy and dishonest, as well as destructive for everybody, but apparently it works.
I highlighted the section that is pure projection, and a perfected right wing tactic used against unions and teachers. Of course conservatives never mention bogyman George Soros, right?
But that’s a distraction that works for low information voters, who will miss the details behind the headline:
“The Kochs have repeatedly claimed that they have no interest in the Keystone XL Pipeline, this report shows that is false.” Said Nathalie Lowenthal-Savy , a researcher with IFG. “We noticed Koch Funded Tea Party members and think tanks pushing for the pipeline. We dug deeper and found $100 billion in potential profit, $50 million sent to organizations supporting the pipeline, and perhaps 2 million acres of land. That sounds like an interest to me.” Nathalie continued, “We all know they will use that money to fund and expand their influence network, subvert democracy, crush unions like in Wisconsin, and get more extremists elected to congress.
Other Findings in the report include:
The Kochs could earn 1 million times more than the average worker of the pipeline.
Evidence suggests The Kochs alone will be responsible for over 19 billion metric tons of carbon emissions in their tar sands holdings.
Think tanks funded by the Kochs have released nearly 1000 pro-KXL reports or statements.
I think those straw men Koch brothers also claimed they had no interest in Scott Walker.