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A small sign of hope: Charles Koch admits CO2 is warming the planet

Climate change - droughtLooking for something at least a tiny bit hopeful to mull over during a period in which hopeful news seems to be at a minimum? Here’s something: Charles Koch — yes, that Charles Koch — admits that CO2 is warming the planet.

Koch grudgingly told the Washington Post’s Matea Gold in a recent interview that “…there has been warming. The CO2 goes up, the CO2 has probably contributed to that.”

Naturally, his admission was tempered and followed by lots of untruths — the folks at The Guardian have a nice analysis here in which they more fully explore the various stages of Koch’s denial — but, even so, it has to be seen as at least a small measure of progress that Koch, one of the wealthiest individuals in human history and the underwriter of a network of destructive propagandists who are doing much to hasten the demise of life as we know it, is at least seeing a small sliver of the light.

Let’s fervently hope that the relentless march of time and his own mortality continue to push the aging plutocrat further out into the light of day in the near future (and that the network of climate change deniers he funds get the memo).

One Comment


  1. LayintheSmakDown

    August 7, 2015 at 2:09 pm

    Well I guess a guy who is coming over to the radical alarmist propaganda. I doubt he really believes it as there has been no warming for the past 18+ years, and scientists are concerned of an ice age beginning in about 20 years. Hopefully Koch will go back and look at actual data (and not the falsified “corrected” data) and come back to his senses.

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