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Now that we’ve dispensed with Keynes, what of the Koch brothers?

Although it is only fitting that Harvard history professor Niall Fergurson has apologized for his erroneous and offensive argument that John Maynard Keynes didn’t care about the future (Metro, May 5), one wonders what explanation Ferguson would have for why the Koch brothers — both married and with children — have lavishly pumped part of their oil-industry fortunes to funding denials of global climate change, especially through such organizations as the American Legislative Exchange Council and the Heartland Institute. Perhaps the Kochs care more for their own fortunes than for the future of this planet.

Nancy Krieger


The writer is a professor of social epidemiology in the department of social and behavioral sciences at the Harvard School of Public Health.