Infamous Koch Brothers/Quran burning by church outrages Muslims/Chuck Hagel on the GOP


The Koch Brothers who own enormous holdings in oil industries are funders of many right-wing “think-tanks” including the so-called “Libertarian” Cato Institute. Their current villainy includes Proposition 23 which would gut California’s effort to curb greenhouse gas emissions. Of course, reducing the sources of greenhouse gas would also reduce the Koch’s profits as oil is the source of a larger portion of the global climate change.

Billionaire Koch Brothers Back Suspension Of California Climate Law

Margot Roosevelt | 09/ 4/10 02:34 PM | AP

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Oil billionaires David and Charles Koch have jumped on board an effort to suspend California’s global warming law by making a million-dollar contribution this week.

A subsidiary of Wichita, Kan.-based Koch Industries, the nation’s second-largest private company with oil refineries and pipelines, made a $1 million contribution Thursday to the campaign for Proposition 23. They join two Texas-based companies, Valero Energy Corp. and Tesoro Corp.

According to the Los Angeles Times, a spokeswoman for Flint Hills Resources said the company “may consider additional support.”

California’s global warming law, known as AB32, seeks to reduce greenhouse gas emissions statewide to 1990 levels over the next decade.

Proposition 23 seeks to suspend California’s 2006 law until the state’s unemployment rate falls below 5.5 percent for four consecutive quarters. That level has happened three times in the last three decades, according to state statistics.

The initiative is opposed by environmental groups, Democratic lawmakers and Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who called the contribution “extremely disappointing.”

Katie Stavinhoa, a Koch spokeswoman, said the company believes the law will cause “significant job losses and higher energy costs.”

The Koch brothers have founded several libertarian organizations and think tanks dedicated in large part to fighting what they view as excessive government regulation. They have helped finance efforts to develop arguments against global warming.

So far, the Proposition 23 campaign has raised $8.2 million, of which 97 percent has come from oil interests. The campaign against the measure has raised $6.6 million with donations from billionaire hedge fund manager Thomas Steyer, environmental groups and clean-tech businesses.

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Information from: Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com

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If a Muslim organization threatened to burn Bibles, the outcry would be loud and long. This church burning of the Quran (Koran) outrages Muslims all over the world–as it should. The US conservatives hate Muslims. That hate fuels recruitment to Al Quaida and other terrorist groups as Muslims feel the threat to their faith. The churches who do this are anti-American. America was founded on freedom of and from religion as the original immigrants fled from religious oppression in Europe.

U.S. Quran Burning Sparks Indonesia Protests Outside American Embassy

09- 4-10 10:44 PM | Updated: 09- 4-10 10:44 PM

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Thousands of Indonesian Muslims rallied outside the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta on Saturday to denounce an American church’s plan to mark the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks by burning copies of the Quran.

The Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Florida, said it will burn the Islamic holy book Wednesday, the ninth anniversary of the terror attacks. Local officials have denied a permit for the bonfire on the church’s grounds, but the center – which made headlines last year by distributing T-shirts that said “Islam is of the Devil” – insists it will go ahead with the plan.

About 3,000 members of a hard-line Islamic group marched to the U.S. Embassy in downtown Jakarta waving banners and posters condemning the plan. The group organized similar rallies in five other cities across Indonesia, the world’ largest Muslim nation.

Religious leaders in Indonesia have condemned the plan and called on the U.S. government to use its influence to get the fire canceled.
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Hagel Says GOP Is Not ‘Presenting Any Alternatives, Any New Options Or Any New Thinking’

Former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE), the chairman of the Atlantic Council, recently sat down for an interview with the Washington Diplomat. In the interview, the former senator touched on a variety of topics, including what he feels is the need for the United States to “unwind” from the war in Afghanistan. Towards the end of the interview, Hagel says that while he has “no plans to renounce his membership in the party,” he finds that the Republican Party of which he is a part is not “presenting any new alternatives, any new options, or any new thinking“:

“I don’t see them presenting any alternatives, any new options or any new thinking,” Hagel said. “If the Republicans get back in power, what are they going to do? There is no articulation. It’s just a ‘no no no, I’m against Obama because he’s a socialist and he’s taking America in the wrong direction.’ That’s certainly an opinion, but what about you, Mr. Republican? What would you do?”

In fact, leading Republicans like Sarah Palin, Bobby Jindal, and Peter King have proudly embraced the “no, no, no” agenda. Hagel told the interviewer that he remains confident that his party will once again rebuild itself. “The Republican Party will find a new center of gravity,” he said. “I think they’ll let this nonsense play out. It’s like a bad storm — it just has to go through.”

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