Koch Brothers’ Connection to Catholics in Congress: Why Pope Francis Is Concerned about America’s Climate Inaction


  Click here to view the PDF version.   As Catholics’ spiritual leader, Pope Francis, arrives in Washington D.C. for an historic address to the United States Congress (one-third of which is Catholic), new research by the International Forum on Globalization (IFG) reveals that the oil billionaire Koch Brothers spent at least $23 million to elect 62 Catholic Congressmen. Charles and David Koch—who have more […]

The Koch-Backed Coup Behind Boehner’s Bye-Bye


by Victor Menotti, as published in Daily Kos   “The crazies have taken over the party,” is what Rep. Peter King (R-NY) said it signaled when House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) resigned Friday under pressure from hardline conservatives who wanted Boehner to take a tougher stance in budget talks, even if it shut down the federal government. Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) declared “disarray” as the […]

White Earth Tribe Members Voice Pipeline Concerns


White Earth tribal members in Northern Minnesota held a drum ceremony to begin the first of eleven public hearings on Enbridge’s proposed pipeline that would carry Koch’s tar sands through their traditional territory in the Headwaters of the Mississippi River. Protecting America’s mightiest river at its source is not only at risk from tar sands pipelines that inevitably leak the corrosive, Canadian crude (known to […]

Event: Midwest Unrest, August 25, Washington D.C.


On August 25th, young people and allies from across the Midwest will join together in Washington, DC for Midwest Unrest, an action to demand an immediate stop to the Enbridge corporation’s illegal Alberta Clipper tar sands scandal in Minnesota. Secretary of State John Kerry has the power to stop Enbridge from continuing to sneak tar sands oil through our backyard — we are coming to […]

New Maps Illustrate Keystone XL Connection to the Kochs


New maps of tar sands assets in Alberta, Canada released today by the International Forum on Globalization, clarify connections between the proposed Keystone XL pipeline and the Koch Brothers, the two top donors to the Republican Party who have made fast-tracking the pipeline the top priority for Congress. Visualized data from online sources that track leases in the tar sands territory show that the Koch […]

Top 10 Reasons the Kochs Want Keystone


1. POTENTIAL PROFITS: The proposed Keystone XL pipeline’s rejection could cause a “death spiral” in Kochs’ tar sands investment, whereas its approval could double the family fortune. 2. EXACERBATING EMISSIONS: Keystone’s rejection could keep Koch from profiting on their nearly twenty billion metric tons of potential carbon emissions buried under ground in Canada rather than burned as tar sands in our global atmosphere. 3. KOCH ASSETS: Koch […]

IFG’s Response to the Senate’s Passage of a Bill to Approve Keystone XL Pipeline


January 29th, 2015: Victor Menotti, Executive Director of the International Forum on Globalization responds to the Senate’s passage of a bill to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline. “The Senate’s passage of a bill to force approval of the Keystone pipeline shows that Republicans have prioritized the financial interests of their top donors, particularly Charles and David Koch, who have more acreage in Alberta than Exxon, […]

Ernst’s $19 Million from Koch Explains Why Keystone is Republicans’ Top Priority


Newly elected Senator Joni Ernst of Iowa argued, as the official Republican respondent to President Obama’s 2015 State of the Union speech, that Americans’ top priorities are advanced by approving the “Keystone jobs bill.” Keystone XL is a pipeline that would create up to fifty permanent positions while dangerously exacerbating greenhouse gas emissions and possibly doubling the $100 billion fortune of the world’s two wealthiest men, Charles and David Koch. Outspending […]

IFG’s Victor Menotti on The Sunday Show with Philip Maldari


The Sunday Show with Philip Maldari, November 9, 2014 – 9:00am Washington Editor of The Nation, John Nichols, and IFG’s Victor Menotti assess the outcomes of the 2014 midterm elections that created a “Koch Congress.”

Forum: What Can Be Done to Combat Global Climate Change?


Tue, Sep 23, 2014 — 9:00 AM World leaders are meeting in New York on Tuesday for the UN Climate Summit. Forum will discuss different approaches to combating climate change including severe reductions in energy consumption, technological solutions, and ramping up renewable energy production. Where does the world stand in the fight against climate change, and what should be done next? Host: Michael Krasny Guests: […]