In this post Ivey's readers get a twofer. They are treated to an asinine attack on the left's two favorite villains, fracking and the Koch brothers. It's hard to do but putting aside horse sense Ivey pulls it off. According to Ivey, in the sole factual statement of this otherwise fictional cloak and dagger chronicle, the sand in Wisconsin and Minnesota is uniquely suitable for use in fracking. Ideally fracking sand should be extremely hard and perfectly round.
Now Ivey gets down to the nitty-gritty:
Republic Report notes that many of the pro-fracking think tanks like the Heartland Institute and the American Legislative Exchange Council are funded by Koch Industries, the Kansas-based company involved in everything from refining and minerals to commodity trading and pipelines.If the Koch brothers want to monopolize the supply of fracking sand, as Ivey seems to suggest, does it make any difference which political party controls the Wisconsin state house? Would a Democratic governor and legislature shut down sand pits? Does the entire country depend on Scott Walker for energy production? Did Ivey spend more that 15 minutes on his post?
Koch's Wisconsin operations include Flint Hills Resources, which produces gasoline and asphalt; the C. Reiss Coal Co., which supplies coal throughout the Great Lakes region; and Georgia-Pacific, the packaging and paper firm. Georgia-Pacific’s chemical division is also now stepping up production of proppant resin, a coating for small particles used in hydraulic fracturing.
Of course, Wisconsin doesn’t have any oil or gas deposits of its own. Most fracking is going on in Pennsylvania and western states, along with Texas and Louisiana.
But from Koch Industries’ perspective, the more frac sand that comes on the market, the cheaper it becomes. That’s why the company has an interest in Wisconsin sand.
Oh please, go back to George Bush and Iraqi oil.