Charles Koch Gives Concerned Student the Cold, Oily Shoulder
Making good his promise to visit Charles Koch, Cal State LA Senior Joel Francis flew to Wichita, Kansas to the headquarters of Koch Industries and personally delivered a letter re-challenging the oil CEO to a public debate on the future of California's economy.
Of particular concern for Francis is the $1 million that Koch funneled to support Proposition 23, the ballot measure to undermine California's greenhouse gas reduction targets and clean energy implementation. The role of wholly-owned Koch subsidiary Flint Hills in funding Prop 23, as well as Texas refiners Valero and Tesoro, has tuned California voters in to the reality of what the ballot measure truly exists to do: protect the profits of fossil fools and prevent a rapidly growing clean energy sector from ever being able to compete with dirty energy providers.
Francis certainly caught the CEO's attention with his initial challenge, as security guards and a Koch representative were ready to meet Francis once he arrived at the corporate campus.
Francis was promised--on camera--that his letter would be delivered to Charles Koch, but has not received a response, even under the condition that Charles himself could set the terms and location of the debate. Apparently Charles doesn't feel the need to have any public accountability as he continues to work behind the scenes, pulling the strings of the tea party to upend the political system in favor of private corporate profit at the expense of human health, economic diversification and ecological integrity.