“Cut all Ties with Koch Brothers, Fossil Fuel industries”, Scientists address letters to various museums

By Ajay Kadkol - 26 Mar '15 13:55PM
  • “Cut all Ties with Koch Brothers, Fossil Fuel industries”, Scientists address letters to various museums

"Cut all Ties with Koch Brothers, Fossil Fuel industries", Scientists address letters to various museums

A group of scientists chalked a petition that will be delivered to the American Museum of Natural History and the Smithsonian, addressing the issue of the elevating levels of the green house gases in the atmosphere.

The petition is signed by nearly forty scientists urging them to cut ties with the fossil fuel industry and specifically, the Koch Brothers. The attest ants to the petition include a group of Noble laureates, former museum presidents and a dozen of college professors.

"As members of the scientific community we devote our lives to understanding the world, and sharing this understanding with the public. We are deeply concerned by the links between museums of science and natural history with those who profit from fossil fuels or fund lobby groups that misrepresent climate science."

The members of the said petition urge the museum to cut ties, as it would contribute for the downfall of the environment in a legal fashion. "David Koch is a major donor, exhibit sponsor and trustee, and on the Board of Directors at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, and the American Museum of Natural History," the letter continued. "David Koch's oil and manufacturing conglomerate Koch Industries is one of the greatest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions in the United States. Mr. Koch also funds a large network of climate-change-denying organizations, spending over $67 million since 1997 to fund groups denying climate change science."

"Energy companies and the Koch brother gain social license from their association with these scientific institutions" reads the petition. The big fishes of the society paint themselves as the backbone for the society, which carry out detrimental activities behind the curtains, in the name of development.

These museums are centres of learning and homes for science. There's no place for David Koch, or anyone behind funding the denial of man-made climate change, on the board of these trusted institutions."

Thus, the petition concluded that policing such associations and elimination of the big players, would in a way satisfy the purpose of having such 'centres of learning and home for science'.

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