The Koch brothers are firing back against an ad released last week by Sen. Mark Begich. In its response to that ad, Flint Hills Resources, which is owned by the Kochs, is accusing Begich of making “misleading and false statements” about them and their refinery in North Pole, Alaska. Koch Industries announced last month that it was pulling out of Alaska. The fate of the refinery is unknown.
The Koch ad is the latest salvo in an escalating war against Begich that has been being waged even before the current election season.
Here’s a little background on the latest battle: The Koch brothers’ funded political group has been airing ads, accusing Begich, among other things, of supporting a carbon tax, which would hurt Koch Industries. Among Koch Industries holdings is a refinery in North Pole, Alaska. While waging the ad campaign on the carbon tax, Koch Industries announced that it was pulling out Alaska. Begich used the first commercial of his campaign to point out that he does not support a carbon tax. Also, the ad says that we shouldn’t trust the Kochs, whose refinery left “a mess.”
The refinery has left about 300 households and businesses with tainted water, and a sulfolane plume that’s 3 miles long and 2.5 miles wide. About 80 people who worked at the refinery are at risk of losing their jobs, and other entities, including the Alaska Railroad, also relied heavily on the refinery and are now considering layoffs.
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