How the Koch Brothers are keeping Formaldehyde Legal
The Koch Brothers. Patrons of the far right American political system. Sponsors and probably founders of the tea party. And together David and Charles Koch are worth an estimated 80 billion!!
This email (https://wikileaks.org/clinton-emails/emailid/2102)from Hillary’s private server from 2010 explains and outlines how the Koch brothers buy themselves political influence. How they throw money at groups to stop democratic party initiatives and spend 100’s of millions on ways to make sure their business interests are secured.
In this particular email from August 23, 2010. Sydney Blumenthal a former journalist and political aid of Bill and Hillary Clinton outlines how David and Charles Koch have bought their way into the highest regions of US cancer research and have gotten themselves on boards of medical schools, research centres and even the national cancer advisory board.
It also explains that Koch Industries is the largest manufacturer of formaldehyde. A known carcinogen and that the Koch brothers have used their political and medical influence to stop formaldehyde from being banned from medications and vaccines.
Read it for yourself:
“Koch began giving spectacularly large donations to the arts and sciences. And he became a patron of cancer research, focussing on prostate cancer. In addition to his gifts to Sloan-Kettering, he gave fifteen million dollars to New York- Presbyterian Hospital, a hundred and twenty-five million to M.I.T. for cancer research, twenty million to Johns Hopkins University, and twenty-five million to the M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, in Houston. In response to his generosity, Sloan- Kettering gave Koch its Excellence in Corporate Leadership Award. In 2004, President Bush named him to the National Cancer Advisory Board, which guides the National Cancer Institute. Koch’s corporate and political roles, however, may pose conflicts of interest. For example, at the same time that David Koch has been casting himself as a champion in the fight against cancer, Koch Industries has been lobbying to prevent the E.P.A. from classifying formaldehyde, which the company produces in great quantities, as a “known carcinogen” in humans. Scientists have long known that formaldehyde causes cancer in rats, and several major scientific studies have concluded that formaldehyde causes cancer in human beings—including one published last year by the National Cancer Institute, on •whose advisory board Koch sits. The study tracked twenty-five thousand patients for an average of forty years; subjects exposed to higher amounts of formaldehyde had significantly higher rates of leukemia. These results helped lead an expert panel within the National Institutes of Health to conclude that formaldehyde should be categorized as a known carcinogen, and be strictly controlled by the government. Corporations have resisted regulations on formaldehyde for decades, however, and Koch Industries has been a large funder of members of Congress who have stymied the E.P.A., requiring it to defer new regulations until more studies are completed. Koch Industries became a major producer of the chemical in 2005, after it bought Georgia-Pacific, the paper and wood- products company, for twenty-one billion dollars. Georgia-Pacific manufactures formaldehyde in its chemical division, and uses it to produce various wood products, such as plywood and laminates. Its annual production capacity for formaldehyde is 2.2 billion pounds. Last December, Traylor Champion, Georgia-Pacific’s vice-president of environmental affairs, sent a formal letter of protest to federal health authorities. He wrote that the company “strongly disagrees” with the N.I.H. panel’s conclusion that formaldehyde should be treated as a known human carcinogen. David Koch did not recuse himself from the National Cancer Advisory Board, or divest himself of company stock, while his company was directly lobbying the government to keep formaldehyde on the market. (A board spokesperson said that the issue of formaldehyde had not come up.) James Fluff, an associate director at the National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences, a division of the N.I.H., told me that it was “disgusting” for Koch to be serving on the National Cancer Advisory Board: “It’s just not good for public health. UNCLASSIFIED U.S. Department of State Case No. F-2014-20439 Doc No. C05771774 Date: 08/31/2015 Vested interests should not be on the board.” He ‘went on, “Those boards are very important. They’re very influential as to whether N.C.I. goes into formaldehyde or not. Billions of dollars are involved in formaldehyde.”
The whole email is an eye opener on how the billionaires buy their influence and make sure that they make more money. And how they really don’t care about the faith of the ordinary people…..