Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., continued his rhetorical assault on the Koch brothers last week, later earning three Pinocchios from the Washington Post’s Fact Checker feature for claiming they “are one of the main causes” of climate change. Referring to a study by the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Reid said Koch Industries ranked “as one of the nation’s biggest air and water polluters, period. In one year Koch Industries released 31 million pounds of toxic air. How much is that? It’s more than Dow Chemical, Exxon Mobil and General Electric combined emitted.” Not so, the Fact Checker found, noting the study puts Koch Industries 27th among polluters, that Dow and Exxon Mobil “actually had more than double the emissions of Koch Industries” and that Koch doesn’t even appear on global lists of the top carbon-emitting companies. The Fact Checker concluded: “We understand Reid’s overall point, but it’s important to stick to the facts when making such claims.” Meanwhile, Politico reported last week that the Koch brothers-backed Americans for Prosperity “intends to spend more than $125 million this year on an aggressive ground, air and data operation benefiting conservatives.” No wonder Reid is rattled.
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