This author’s skeptical of nearly everything. Maybe it’s a defense mechanism. My matron parent has used the term ‘opinionated’, and since ‘mothers always right’, it’s a term I won’t wrangle with her about. That said, when I saw a Koch Industries Inc. re post on FB from the Wildlife Habitat Council praising the organizations efforts, my ‘skeptdar’ sounded loudly. But anything Koch praises seems to do that. And upon a closer examination, I am still skeptical of anything Koch endorsed. Anything..and everything.
The WHC’s Board of Directors consists of 6 on the Executive Committee, with 16 more as Board Members, and it’s quite a group. All names and directors associations are listed on the organization’s web page, but to save the reader some time, here are a few facts presented as quickly and digestible as possible, with numerous WHC titles and directors associations.
*Executive Board positions and associated companies:
1)-Chairman: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
2)-Secretary-Treasurer: Freeport-McMoRan Inc. F. McM. Inc. is the largest copper and molybdenum producer in the world. It mines and mills ores containing copper, gold, molybdenum and silver for the world market.
3)-Past Chairman: Kinder Morgan, the fourth largest energy company in North America.
4)-Immediate Past Chairman: Waste Management, currently operates full-scale waste treatment landfill projects in the U.S. and Canada.
*Eight out of sixteen Board Members associated companies:
1)-Vulcan Materials Company: The largest producer of construction materials, primarily gravel, crushed stone, and sand. Vulcan serves 19 states, the District of Columbia and Mexico. In June ’05, Vulcan completed the sale of its chemicals business, known as Vulcan Chemicals, to Occidental Chemical Corporation while 05 also saw the company acquire 11 aggregates operations and five asphalt plants in Arizona, Georgia, Indiana and Tennessee.
2)-Ensign United States Drilling: A Calgary, Alberta based company that provides oilfield services for the North American and international market. In the second quarter of 2005, the company changed its name from Ensign Resource Service Group.
3)-Summit Materials: Denver-based Summit Materials Inc. sells raw materials needed for heavy construction — aggregate, cement, concrete and asphalt. Among the 25 largest cement producers in the country, Summit Materials has nearly two dozen plants and quarries in Colorado, but Texas, Kansas, Kentucky, Utah and Missouri account for the bulk of the company’s sales.
4)-NatureServe: NatureServe’s website declares that it is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, tax-exempt corporation incorporated in 1999 as a Washington, DC Nonprofit Corporation.
5)-Lafarge: On July 11, 2008, the Albany Times Union reported that Lafarge’s Ravena, New York plant “was the greatest source of mercury emissions in New York from 2004 to 2006”. A French industrial company specializing in three major products: cement, construction aggregates, and concrete, the company has become a world leader in building materials and a French industrial company specializing in three major products: cement, construction aggregates, and concrete. The company has become a world leader in building materials and in November 2010 together with other companies opposed new EPA regulations that required mercury-emissions reductions at cement plants.
6)-ExxonMobil Corporation: A direct descendant of John D. Rockefeller’s Standard Oil company and affiliated with Imperial Oil which operates in Canada, is the largest of the world’s supermajors with daily production of 3.921 million BOE (barrels of oil equivalent) and draws criticism for its history of lobbying in attempts to discredit the idea that climate change is caused by the burning of fossil fuels, something that modern scientific consensus has largely thwarted.
7)-Monsanto Company: you fill in the text.
8)-DuPont Corporate Remediation Group: DuPont corporate remediation group associated with the clean up of ‘brownfields’, spending millions on cleaning sites and properties that are abandoned or underused by DuPont, sites that contain various cancer-causing chemicals, both vaporous and persistent; and unknown chemical compounds with uncertain health effects.
Bottom line, to the author anyway, this WHC is a farce, a front of Eco friendliness, from a group of people (not all) who have day jobs with some of the biggest polluters, creators of numerous lifetimes worth of uncorrectable conditions, critical of any scrutiny into what will, and does happen through their companies efforts and production of product.