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Uploaded on Mar 31, 2010
Smithsonian director Rick Potts defends accepting money from climate change denier David Koch.
TRANSCRIPT: David Koch is a philanthropist, who is deeply interested in science. He's funded the dinosaur halls, for example, in the American Museum of Natural History. He gave a lot of money to the Lincoln Center and its refurbishing. He has a lot of interest in human evolution that goes back to about thirty or forty years. And so, uh, as is true with all Smithsonian policy, our donors have no control over the content of our science or scholarship of our exhibits. And the same is true in this case. We feel very grateful for David Koch's contributions to helping, I hope, the American public and us being able to bring science to them.
Q: Don't you think you're greenwashing his record by accepting his money?
A: No, we find no contradiction in what we've done. Thank you.