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Koch's use economic downtime to buy up tar sands

Koch company buys up more oil sands licenses in Canada
Jenny Uechi
Mar 12th, 2015

Koch Oil Sands Operating ULC is buying up more licenses in Alberta's oil sands, Oilsands Review reported today.

"Bulletin records show that 15 licences were issued on March 3, 2015, for operator Koch Oil Sands in the Cadotte area," the Review reported.

Oilsands leases comprised $21 million of the $44.67 million generated by Alberta's Wednesday land sale.

Koch Oil Sands Operating is part of Koch Industries, a US $115-billion multinational company based in Kansas. Koch Industries is the second-largest privately owned company in the U.S., and the Kochs are among the largest lease holders in Alberta's oil sands.

David and Charles Koch are known as key architects of the Tea Party movement. Koch-affiliated organizations such as Americans for Prosperity raised $400 million during the 2012 U.S. election to defeat President Barack Obama. In the 2016 election, they've pledged to spend nearly US $900 million for the Republicans to defeat the Democratic presidential candidate.

They stand to gain billions if the proposed Keystone XL pipeline from Alberta's oil sands to refineries in the Gulf Coast are built. Shortly after the mid-term elections, Republican representatives began calling for the Keystone XL pipeline to be built, and recently attempted to pass a bill for the pipeline's construction. President Obama vetoed the bill last month.

The Koch brothers fund numerous think tanks and organizations that deny climate change and promote neoliberal economic policies. In 2012, The Vancouver Observer found through U.S. tax records that Koch foundations have repeatedly funded the Fraser Institute, a Vancouver-based right-wing think tank with federal Conservative Party ties.


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