Statement Regarding Greenpeace Report, March 2010
April 19, 2010
Long before climate change became a key policy issue, Koch companies and Koch foundations were focused on achieving environmental excellence and using resources efficiently. Because of extensive efforts and investments, we have been able to implement innovative practices that reduce energy use and emissions in the manufacture and distribution of our products and achieve superior safety and environmental performance.
This track record has earned local, state, national and international recognition for Koch companies, including more than 180 awards since January 2009. By ignoring our many accomplishments and presenting half facts and inaccuracies about past legal and environmental issues, Greenpeace distorts Koch companies’ environmental record.
In addition, the Greenpeace report’s unsubstantiated and inaccurate assertion – that all funds given by Koch Industries and Koch foundations to a broad group of organizations from 2005 through 2008 were focused on climate issues – breaks down immediately upon examination. As the organizations involved have affirmed, they focus on numerous public policy issues and the funding in question supported many projects outside the scope of energy or environmental matters.
Overall, we believe science – not politicized opinion – must play a central role in the discussion about climate and related policy proposals. Both a free society and the scientific method require an open and honest airing of all sides, not demonizing and silencing those with whom you disagree. In a consistent, principled effort for more than 40 years, Koch companies and Koch foundations have worked to advance economic freedom and market-based policy solutions to challenges faced by society. History and research show that economic freedom best fosters innovation, environmental protection and improved quality of life for a society.
We will continue to encourage a civil, science-based discussion of the effect of greenhouse gases on the climate, and the potential effects and costs of policies proposed to deal with climate change. The climate-policy debate should include a realistic assessment of which initiatives are likely to result in actual environmental good, and what effects those initiatives would have on the global economy.