A few days ago, Rand Paul did an interview in which he suggested that the Koch Brothers be sent to jail. After railing against environmentalists for trying to stop unregulated fracking, which is poisoning the nation’s water supply, Paul pivoted and stated that polluters who dump benzene, a carcinogenic chemical, into streams, should “go to jail.”
PAUL: “I don’t want to pollute the water. I don’t want to pollute streams. If you dump benzene in the stream, I want you to go to jail.”
Here’s the video:
This statement should particularly alarm the Koch brothers, whose company, Koch Industries, regularly dumps benzene, a known cause of leukemia, into streams. In fact, Koch Industries illegally dumped “at least 91 metric tons of uncontrolled benzene in its liquid waste streams” during a period in 1995 at its Corpus Christi refinery. So David and Charles Koch should probably visit their tailor to get fitted for orange jumpsuits.
Edited by Wendy Gittleson