Koch vs Coke: How Economic Interests Influence Your Climate “Belief” System

Coca Cola Publicly Acknowledges the Reality of Anthropogenic Global Warming

Global Warming Koch vs CokeWhile The Koch Brothers Spend Billions Funding the Denier Network

In spite of their feel good advertising over the years*, few people have considered nominated the Coca Cola Company for an environmental award, but the realities of Coke’s global business interests have brought the soft drink and snack behemoth out of the climate change closet. Over the years, the company has been cited repeatedly for depleting water supplies in third world nation’s has made a clear and unambiguous statement regarding it’s position on global warming.

The following text is taken directly from Coca Cola’s position statement on global warming:

“The consensus on climate science is increasingly unequivocal — global climate change is happening and man-made greenhouse gas emissions are a crucial factor. The implications of climate change for our planet are profound and wide-ranging, with expected impacts on biodiversity, water resources, public health and agriculture.

Across the Coca-Cola system, we recognize that climate change may have long-term direct and indirect implications for our business and supply chain. As a responsible multinational company, we have a role to play in ensuring we use the best possible mix of energy sources, improve the energy efficiency of our manufacturing processes and reduce the potential climate impact of the products we sell.”

Ongoing droughts threaten to limit the company’s access to new water supplies. But water is not the only ingredient in danger of disruption. Sugar cane, sugar beets and citrus for fruit juices are all threatened by global warming.

An early trigger of Coke’s change of heart, by all accounts, was the 2004 loss of an operating license in India due to the company’s depletion of groundwater. Coke’s voracious thirst for water is due to the fact that it requires four gallons of fresh water to make one gallon of Coke. The manufacturing process in the past has not only been wasteful, it has generated billions of gallons of waste. The fact that it is the threat to the company’s economic interests driving the change is immaterial if some good comes out of it. Go Coke. The past is forgiven.

On the other side of the equation of the billionaire Koch Brothers. Unfortunately, the Koch Brother’s economic interests lie in delaying any action that would reduced carbon emissions – especially reduction of fossil fuels in favor of greener technologies. Suffice to say there are virtually no dirty energy businesses that the privately held Koch Industries doesn’t have a finger in.

The Koch Brothers’s sins against the planet and the people who live on it have been detailed elsewhere. They are are the single most generous source of direct and dark funding for congressmen, fake think tanks and other operatives that are paid to convince the willfully ignorant there are two “sides” to the story*. There are virtually no dirty energy businesses that the privately held Koch Industries doesn’t have a finger in.

*Polar bears and so on.
*It’s remarkably similar to the approach used by Creationists who want to teach the book of Genesis as an alternative to science.
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