Not kidding here. The Koch brothers aren't just polluting our political system. Their leavings are becoming more and more visible in America's landscape. Nowhere more visibly in Detroit where Koch's black greed is beginning to obscure the view of the city. And the Kochs are still making money from it.
Here's the photo from the New York Times this morning:
Detroit’s ever-growing black mountain is the unloved, unwanted and long overlooked byproduct of Canada’s oil sands boom.
And no one knows quite what to do about it, except Koch Carbon, which owns it.
The company is controlled by Charles and David Koch, wealthy industrialists who back a number of conservative and libertarian causes including activist groups that challenge the science behind climate change. The company sells the high-sulfur, high-carbon waste, usually overseas, where it is burned as fuel. ...NYT
Okay. So you live nowhere near Detroit. Doesn't bother you. But it may. It's (literally!) "derivatives" again, coming to your place sometime soon.
Detroit’s pile will not be the only one. Canada’s efforts to sell more products derived from oil sands to the United States, which include transporting it through the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, have pulled more coking south to American refineries, creating more waste product here. ...NYT
BP is up to its bippy in this stuff, by the way.
BP, the British energy company, is building what it describes as the second-largest coke refinery in Whiting, Ind. When completed, the unit will be able to process about 102,000 barrels of bitumen or other heavy oils a day. ...NYT
Some guys get very rich; a bunch of other guys are forced to pay the price. That's America for you.