Archive for Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Protesters plan ‘Occupy Koch Town’ in Wichita

February 15, 2012


— Protestors are hoping to draw people from across the nation to Wichita over the President's Day weekend for an "Occupy Koch Town" event.

Wichita is the home of Koch Industries and the three-day event is billed as a protest against Charles and David Koch. The group contends the Koch brothers exemplify corporate dominance of politics and distortion of science that is perpetuating bad energy policy.

The heart of the protest is opposition to the Keystone-XL pipeline that that would carry Canadian oil to refineries along the Texas Gulf coast. Opponents say the dirty, highly corrosive oil it would carry endangers the Ogallala Aquifer and farms along its route.

Rallies, speakers and marches are planned Friday, Saturday and Sunday.


jhawkinsf 6 years, 4 months ago

According to Wikipedia, Koch Industries employs 50,000 people in the U.S. and an additional 20,000 worldwide.
Even if you don't like their politics, I hope you take into consideration that fact when you're protesting.

deec 6 years, 4 months ago

Please also consider the two dead teenagers killed by Koch negligence, hundreds of millions of dollars of fines and penalties for breaking environmental laws, the theft of resources from Native and federal lands, bribery, selling resources to unfriendly nations like Iran, and bid rigging.

jhawkinsf 6 years, 4 months ago

Yes, consider it all. Consider the taxes they paid. Consider that if each of those 50,000 employees here made, on average, $25,000/yr., that's a billion and a quarter dollars being fueling into our economy. How much of that number will wind up in the hands of the government in the form of taxes and what will be done with that revenue. Yes, consider it all.
Consider also, the possibility that they may choose to reverse the employment numbers. What would be the effect on the economy if say it were 50,000 jobs overseas and 20,000 here? Or maybe 65,000 jobs overseas and 5,000 here? I employ a half dozen people and feel damn proud about it. How many do you employ, deec? (70,000?) .

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