WICHITA, Kan. (AP) Protestors are hoping to draw people from across the nation to Wichita over the President’s Day weekend for an “Occupy Koch Town” event.
Wichita is the home of Koch Industries and the three-day event is billed as a protest against Charles and David Koch. The group contends the Koch brothers exemplify corporate dominance of politics and distortion of science that is perpetuating bad energy policy.
The heart of the protest is opposition to the Keystone-XL pipeline that that would carry Canadian oil to refineries along the Texas Gulf coast. Opponents say the dirty, highly corrosive oil it would carry endangers the Ogallala Aquifer and farms along its route.
Rallies, speakers and marches are planned Friday, Saturday and Sunday.