The partisan writers at Mother Jones have consistently gone out of their way, even in the face of facts, to disparage Koch. Call it conspiracy-by-free-association, where the writer seizes on an unrelated tragedy in the news and then tries to blame Koch, no matter how far-fetched or dishonest. We have documented this irresponsible method many times before on this site.
Writer Tim Murphy has another such piece published in Mother Jones on April 22 in which he tries to fault Koch for the circumstances that caused the tragic explosion at a fertilizer facility in West, Texas. The facts of that terrible event are still unknown and are under investigation. But even as memorial services are underway for those who lost their lives, Murphy expresses no empathy for lives lost. Instead, he uses the tragedy as a platform to promote his and his magazine’s partisan views.
Because Murphy’s piece was devoid of facts, we offer them here:
- Koch has no connection to the fertilizer facility in West, Texas.
- Koch Fertilizer Company produces and markets nitrogen-based fertilizer. Like all Koch companies, Koch Fertilizer is committed to a safe work environment and full compliance with all applicable laws and regulations. We strive to manage operations in a manner that protects the health and safety of employees, customers, contractors, the public and the environment. This commitment is evident in how we operate facilities and manufacture products.
- Koch Fertilizer has been recognized as an environmental, health and safety leader. The company has received numerous awards for its performance including those documented here. Altogether, from January 2009 to present, Koch companies around the globe have earned 574 awards for safety, environmental excellence, community stewardship, innovation, and customer service. Learn more about our commitment to operations excellence here.
- Koch companies have positive relationships with EPA and other regulators. This document includes a sampling of what others say about our EH&S performance.
- Murphy’s assertion that fertilizer production is “unregulated” is completely wrong. Koch Fertilizer’s facilities are regulated by EPA, state environmental agencies, OSHA and even state Agriculture departments, among others.
- The specific bill cited in Murphy’s story is not one on which Koch has lobbied.
Mother Jones, like many other left-wing mouthpieces, can be counted on to spin the truth and be consistently wrong about Koch. Since the magazine’s editors can’t seem to get the facts straight, we will continue to fact check them for our readers.