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The Kochs and the Keystone XL Pipeline – February 15, 2013

Billionaire brothers’ use of fronts for corporate donations to politicians was illegal until Citizens United decriminalized this game

Note: Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and his son Connor Kennedy were arrested Wednesday in Washington while protesting against approval of the Keystone XL Pipeline. Bobby Kennedy, my partner in these investigations, is a contributor to Billionaires & Ballot Bandits: Greg Palast investigates Karl Rove, the Koch Gang & their Buck Buddies, the book on which this report is based. 

photonameIn the early 1990s, FBI agents filmed Koch Oil men pilfering crude from the Osage
Reservation in Oklahoma. The US Justice Department drafted a criminal indictment
of Koch Industries

According to the transcript of the secretly recorded tape, Charles Koch was chuckling… more

by: Greg Palast

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Koch Brothers, Hugo Chavez and the XL Pipeline – February 8, 2013

Keystone XL will increase, not decrease, gas prices at the pump


I’ve been tracking a tube of black putrid ooze, a toxic viper slowly slithering 2000 miles across the belly of America, swallowing all water aquifers, politicians and reason in its path.

The XL Keystone Pipeline.

As Nagini, the murderous snake in the Harry Potter tales, had its master Voldemort, I figured the Keystone XL Pipeline must also have its own dark lords.

And the Dark Lords of the Keystone XL left clear clues: environmental horror, political payouts and the odor of sulfur stronger than explained by the stinking hot tar inside it.  I smelled Koch. 

David and Charles Koch are each worth $20 billion--and they’re… more

by: Greg Palast

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Petroleum Porn: The XXXL Pipeline – October 26, 2012

I want my fair share — and that’s all of it: Charles Koch

koch brothersIllustrations by Ted Rall

Like all great American stories of wholesale plunder, the hunt for the connection between the unsourced hundreds of millions of dollars and missing ballots begins in Indian country. I was working an investigation of the theft of oil from the Osage Indian reservation in Oklahoma. This is two decades back. The Osage were dog-dirt poor, but they pulled in a couple of bucks, say thirty dollars a week per family, from the royalties they got from the oil under their trailers.

In the desert emptiness where the US cavalry had driven them long ago, greasy metal “rocking horses,” stripper well-pumps, pull… more

by: Greg Palast

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PART 2: BP Covered Up Blow-out Prior to Deepwater Horizon – April 24, 2012

Evidence Now Implicates Top BP Execs As Well As Its Partners Chevron and Exxon and the Bush Administration has revealed that, in September 2008, nearly two years before the Deepwater Horizon explosion in the Gulf of Mexico, another BP rig had blown out in the Caspian Sea—which BP concealed from U.S. regulators and Congress.

Had BP, Chevron, Exxon or the Bush State Department revealed the facts of the earlier blow-out, it is likely that the Deepwater Horizon disaster would have been prevented.

Days after the Deepwater Horizon blow-out, a message came in to our offices in New York from an industry insider floating on a ship in the Caspian Sea. He stated there had been a blow-out, just like the one in the Gulf, and BP… more

by: Greg Palast

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BP Covered Up Blow-out Two Years Prior to Deadly Deepwater Horizon Spill – April 23, 2012

Eyewitness Gives Devastating New Information About 2008 Caspian Sea Oil-Rig Explosion

Last week, located an eyewitness with devastating new information about the Caspian Sea oil-rig blow-out which BP had concealed from government and the industry.

The witness, whose story is backed up by rig workers who were evacuated from BP’s Caspian platform, said that had BP revealed the full story as required by industry practice, the eleven Gulf of Mexico workers “could have had a chance” of survival. But BP’s insistence on using methods proven faulty sealed their fate.

One cause of the blow-outs was the same in both cases: the use of a money-saving technique—plugging holes with “quick-dry” cement.

By hiding the disastrous… more

by: Greg Palast

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