When ultra-liberal talk show host Thom Hartmann suggested that conservative senators are going to “pay back the Koch brothers” by passing legislation promoting the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, Project 21 co-chairman Horace Cooper rebutted Hartmann by saying that the allegation of a quid pro quo relationship lacks merit because the Koch’s top priority went unfulfilled.
While the Koch brothers are likely pleased the Keystone XL pipeline will finally get the due consideration it deserves, such long-delayed consideration is a desire shared with other business leaders, organized labor and the American people. Something more exclusive to the Kochs is the production tax credit on wind energy. This credit, which had expired, was recently extended and made retroactive through 2014 as part of congressional action on tax credits.
Horace schooled Hartmann on this during the 12/17/14 edition of “The Big Picture” on the RT network. Horace plainly stated:
If the Koch brothers were getting what they wanted, they have told us what their number-one priority was for the lame duck session – and that was to end wind energy subsidies.
And, guess what? They did not get ended!
If the Koch brothers owned this man, [Mitch] McConnell, or the rest of the Republicans, wouldn’t they have gotten what they said was their number-one priority?