Published on May 9th, 2014 | by Zachary Shahan

NextGen Climate Slams Michigan Senate Candidate Terri Lynn Land

Hypocrisy in the GOP? No way! From NextGen Climate:

In a new web video, NextGen Climate is calling out Michigan Senate candidate Terri Lynn Land after her shameful ad made false accusations over funds pledged toward the victims of wildfires. But it’s Land who welcomed millions in outside money into her race—including the Koch brothers’ PAC. These are the same Koch brothers that have threatened Michigan’s air and water quality with their dirty petroleum coke stockpiles. Instead of launching false attacks, Land should stand up to the Kochs and publicly oppose the efforts to bring their dirty tar sands byproducts back to Michigan.

And here’s a great roundup of related news from NextGen Climate:


The Koch Brothers’ Company, Koch Carbon, Had An “Ever-Growing Black Mountain” Of Petroleum Coke Located On The Detroit River. “Assumption Park gives residents of this city lovely views of the Ambassador Bridge and the Detroit skyline. Lately they’ve been treated to another sight: a three-story pile of petroleum coke covering an entire city block on the other side of the Detroit River. Detroit’s ever-growing black mountain is the unloved, unwanted and long overlooked byproduct of Canada’s oil sands boom. And no one knows quite what to do about it, except Koch Carbon, which owns it. The company is controlled by Charles and David Koch, wealthy industrialists who back a number of conservative and libertarian causes including activist groups that challenge the science behind climate change.” [New York Times, 5/17/13] 

Toxic Metals, Including Selenium and Vanadium, Were Detected In The Petcoke Pile, Which Present Runoff and Dust Concerns. “Michigan Representative Rashida Tlaib, who represents the neighborhood where the pet coke has been piled up, called on the Ecology Center to test samples she collected at the site earlier this year and cited the results in her call for state action. ‘Two of the toxic metals we detected, selenium and vanadium, are of concern in runoff and dust,’ according to Jeff Gearhart, research director at the Ecology Center.” [Ecology Center, 6/2013] 


August 2013: At A Fundraiser Terri Lynn Land Said She Invited Special Interest Money Intro Her Race, Saying “We’ve Got New Folks Out There Who Are Raising Money. That’s The Super PACs. … Now, Our Campaign Has Talked To A Lot Of These Folks. They’re Committed To Michigan. “‘So, my husband and I, like I said, are committed to this. We’re out on the road, we’re raising money, it’s going to take a lot of resources to do this,’ Lind says in the video, provided to The Huffington Post by a reader who attended the August party. ‘It’s probably a $20 million campaign. But the reality is, we’ve got new folks out there who are raising money. That’s the super PACs.’ … ‘Now this is a whole new world and after, some of you remember, the Citizens United lawsuit that happened, which actually started here in Michigan,’ Land said in the video. ‘I don’t know if some of you know that it started here in Michigan. And that changed the dynamics of politics, restricted the parties, but it let individuals and others raise resources to do that.’ ‘Now, our campaign has talked to a lot of those folks,’ she added. ‘They’re committed to Michigan.’” [Huffington Post, 9/25/13]

Americans for Prosperity Have Already Spent About $5 Million in Michigan. “Fundraising and polling is tight in the race for the open seat held by the retiring Democrat Carl Levin, leaving the state up for grabs as Republicans seek control of the Senate. The $1.5 million ad brings AFP’s investment in Michigan so far to roughly $5 million.” [Washington Wire blog, Wall Street Journal, 3/25/14] 

The Koch Brothers Founded Americans For Prosperity. “Americans for Prosperity was founded by David and Charles Koch (kohk), billionaire brothers who have contributed generously to Republican causes and candidates over the years.” [Associated Press, 8/2/12]


Detroit Bulk Storage Is Making An Effort To Clear The Way For The Petcoke To Return And Be Stored At Its Headquarters In Michigan. “Detroit Bulk Storage has a permit application before the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality that could clear the way for the material to be stored at its headquarters in River Rouge.” [Detroit News, 4/9/14] 

Detroit Bulk Services Stores The Petroleum Coke Owned By Koch Carbon. “The piles are owned by Koch Carbon and come from the Marathon Detroit Refinery. Detroit Bulk Storage is storing the pet coke on property owned by billionaire and Ambassador Bridge owner Manuel (Matty) Moroun and leased to Norfolk Southern railroad.” [Detroit Free Press, 8/13/13

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