Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid thinks he knows how to win in 2014: Step 1: Attack a Wichita donor most of America has never heard of; Step 2: Link said-donor to global warming hysteria ; Step 3: Lie about it so blatantly that even Washington Post bloggers call bull.
On Wednesday, Mr. Reid took to the floor of the Senate to bash libertarian donors Charles and David Koch, saying, “These billionaire oil tycoons are certainly experts at contributing to climate change, that’s what they do very well. They are one of the main causes of this — not a cause, one of the main causes.”
To back up his charge, Mr. Reid cited a UMass Amherst study: “In one year, Koch Industries released 31 million pounds of toxic air,” Reid said. “That’s more than Dow Chemical, ExxonMobil, and General Electric combined.”
Who knows? Might work. We mean, Al Gore’s howls aren’t so popular with the kids these days, but voters have responded well to lies in the past.
One problem with his speech, is Mr. Reid inflated the number in the report he cited by 7 million pounds, and even if his inflated number had been accurate, Koch Industries would still have emitted 8 million pounds less CO2 than Exxon Mobil. And as The Washington Post’s self-appointed “fact checker” blog points out, “Combined, those [three] companies actually had more than double the emissions of Koch Industries.” (VIDEO: Reid Scolds Says MSNBC Too Fair To Republicans: “You won’t call things the way they actually exist”)
In the real world, Koch Industries is only responsible for “one-third of 1 percent [of CO2 output] in the United States,” and they are responsible for 6/1000th of a percent if considered globally, the Post points out.
And not only are they not in the top 25 polluters according to UMass’s Political Economy Research Institute, guess who the report says is #4? The U.S. government, which emits more than 300 percent of the CO2 that Koch Industries does.