12 Investigative News Stories of 2016 Exposing Corporate Greed

12 Investigative News Stories of 2016 Exposing Corporate Greed

7. The Trump Administration is Filling Up with Koch Allies

On the campaign trail, President-elect Donald Trump boasted that he had no need for the Koch brothers, claiming to have rejected meetings with them and calling his Republican primary opponents "puppets" for meeting with the Kochs. Yet, today, Trump's transition team and Cabinet are quickly filling with a number of Koch affiliates, confidantes and business associates.

8. Senator Promoting Dakota Access Pipeline Invests in Bakken Oil Wells Named After Indian Tribe

U.S. Sen. John Hoeven (R-ND) recently came out in support of the Dakota Access pipeline, the contested Energy Transfer Partners-owned pipeline envisioned to move oil obtained via hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") from North Dakota's Bakken Shale basin. What Sen. Hoeven—an outspoken supporter of TransCanada's Keystone XL tar sands pipeline—did not mention, however, is his personal investment in 68 different oil-producing wells in North Dakota under the auspices of the company Mainstream Investors, LLC.

9. Revealed: Most Popular Climate Story on Social Media Told Half a Million People the Science Was a Hoax

The most popular climate change story across social media in the second half of 2016 used a debunked survey from the late 1990s to claim that "tens of thousands of scientists" had declared global warming a "hoax," a DeSmog analysis has found.

10. "There is no doubt": Exxon Knew CO2 Pollution was a Global Threat by Late 1970s

Throughout Exxon's global operations, the company knew that CO2 was a harmful pollutant in the atmosphere years earlier than previously reported. DeSmog uncovered Exxon corporate documents from the late 1970s stating unequivocally "there is no doubt" that CO2 from the burning of fossil fuels was a growing "problem" well understood within the company.

11. Bomb Trains: What Can We Learn From Shipping Ethanol to Improve Oil-By-Rail Safety?

From 2010 to 2015, the total number of tank cars moving ethanol by rail was more than 1.98 million. That's about 18 percent greater than the more than 1.68 million tank cars of crude oil shipped over the same time period. With more ethanol than crude oil moved by rail in recent years, why isn't anyone calling ethanol trains "bomb trains" too?

12. Watch Leonardo DiCaprio's Climate Film Before The Flood Right Now

From Academy Award-winning filmmaker Fisher Stevens and Academy Award-winning actor, environmental activist and UN Messenger of Peace Leonardo DiCaprio, Before the Flood presents a riveting account of the dramatic changes now occurring around the world due to climate change. Find out how to watch it now.

Reposted with permission from our media associate DeSmogBlog.

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