Stop Oil Baron from Covering Up Climate Science

American Museum of Natural History

Target: National Museum of Natural History Director Kirk Johnson and American Museum of Natural History Director Ellen V. Futter.

Goal: Kick climate-denying Koch Brother off the boards of two natural history museums.

David Koch, notorious oil mogul and climate denier, sits on the boards of two natural history museums: New York’s American Museum of Natural History and the Smithsonian. Both of these are two of the largest museums on the subject in the U.S., each of which is supposed to recognize human-made climate change.

The Koch Brothers are well known for using their billions of dollars in oil money to fund groups that actively deny the reality of human-made climate change, which puts obstacles in the way of the fight to slow or stop the devastating effects of the problem that are already cropping up across the world. It’s extremely inappropriate for such a person to be in a position of influence over two important museums which are supposed to tell the truth about our natural world. With David Koch on the boards of these institutions, there’s little doubt that he could interfere in the efforts to educate people about this extremely important issue.

No climate deniers should be on the boards of natural history museums, let alone a man who uses the money from his dirty fuel operations to fund climate change denial groups. By signing this petition, you’ll urge the directors of the Smithsonian and the American Museum of Natural History to kick David Koch off their boards and protect the integrity of their institutions by breaking all ties with climate deniers.


Dear Directors Kirk Johnson and Ellen V. Futter,

Currently, David Koch of the notorious Koch Brothers sits on the boards for each of your natural history museums. As you may or may not know, the Koch Brothers have been spending some of their many billions of dollars in oil money to fund groups that actively deny human-made climate change and work to hinder efforts to lower carbon emissions and implement clean energy solutions like wind and solar energy.

Your museums are supposed to educate people about the realities of our natural world. You have in the past dedicated your organizations to fighting climate change with this education. How can you possibly justify having a man who is actively opposed to this goal sitting on the boards of your institutions? David Koch has a clear conflict of interest as he makes his billions from the burning of fossil fuels, which is a huge contributor to carbon emissions that have led to climate change.

If you’re really dedicated to telling the truth about the natural world and its climate, you’ll cut off all ties with climate change deniers. The first step in this direction would be to immediately remove David Koch from the boards of the Smithsonian and the American Museum of Natural History. Don’t allow this money-hungry, climate change denying oil mogul have influence over your institutions.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. Koch brothers are EVIL and only care about $$$$ and power They are poisoning Americans and killing our wildlife When will people wake up and start caring ???

  2. Why I am not signing this

    Although I am concerned for the natural environment’s well-being,
    it seems to me that we should consider that the Koch brothers –as retrograde as they be in certain areas of our concerns– may not dominate these boards. In fact, they may have to sit and listen to opposing views and concerns. In that case, we would want them to remain, until they ‘get the point!’

  3. I am not so sure they don’t “dominate” this particular board since the exhibit IS shown from the point of view of those who want to mislead the public about climate change. I also think that it is a bit innocent to think that the Koch brothers will eventually have an epiphany and leave their power-addiction. Last but not least, I doubt very much that they will sit in a board if they didn’t have a strong decision-making arrangement.

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