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Quotes from David Koch David H. Koch, executive vice president and a board member of Koch. Industries.

  • Published Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012, at 1:48 p.m.
  • Updated Saturday, July 12, 2014, at 4:33 p.m.

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National debt

A possible forecast of what might happen if these policies continue is the nation of Greece. My god, their debt is gigantically high, unemployment is well over 20 percent in Greece, and they have rioting in the streets, God forbid that should happen to us.

The Environmental Protection Agency

We have some very large refineries, and we have some great projects that we’d like to invest in to meet the demands of our customers, that is, the aviation fuel customers, the heating oil customers, and motor gasoline customers, and these refineries that we have... Well, the EPA has been sitting on several hundred requests from refineries and chemical plants to upgrade and expand their facilities. And the EPA has only, since Obama’s been president, granted one permit. And that permit is being litigated by environmental groups blocking it, so refineries are essentially paralyzed, they can’t expand and improve their operations.

My god, we’re a fossil-fuel-based society. And I think we’re going to have, if this continues, a big shortage of fuel to operate our economy.

Family

My parents had a strict policy that all of us dined together. We always had dinner at 6:30. We had a big bell outside our back door of our house, which someone would ring when it was time to come, and no matter where we were, we had to run back to the house and sit down with my parents. Father was a very principled, highly ethical person, and also he had many fabulous experiences in his career, and it was wonderful to listen to him tell these stories, of experiences he had.

Philanthropy

Most of the income I receive, and my brother, we give it away for various purposes. I in particular am very supportive of medical research, in particular cancer research. I’m a major giver of funds support to cultural institutions. I’m very well known in New York City, where I live, as a major supporter of cultural institutions. And the educational institutions I attended, I’m very generous with them. Actually, of all the things that I engage in and supporting, my political activities are probably the least of the four categories I just mentioned to you.

Cancer

If one is exposed to cancer, it’s a terrifying disease. Boy, when I first found out I had prostate cancer 20 years ago, I thought, oh, my numbers are really bad, and I thought I was a goner and that I might pass away within the next year. I’ve been treated in many different ways, and the Good Lord has been sitting on my shoulder, and in my opinion protecting me, and I’m in great shape now. I still have prostate cancer, but it’s well under control.

Legacy

After I pass on to another life, I would like the people to think of David Koch and my brother Charles as people who did everything they could to make the world a better place to live. And that we tried to improve the situation … and do good work in all these different areas. I’m doing my darndest to make that happen, and so people think of me in a positive light. That my life was a good life, that I contributed immensely to improve the well-being of others.

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