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Kevin is a contributor and strategic adviser to DeSmogBlog and DeSmog Canada.

Named a “Green Hero” by Rolling Stone Magazine and one of the “Top 50 Tweeters” on climate change and environment issues, Kevin has appeared in major news media outlets around the world for his work on digital campaigning.

Kevin has been involved in the public policy arena in both the United States and Canada for more than a decade. For five years he was the managing editor of DeSmogBlog.com. In this role, Kevin’s research into the “climate denial industry” and the right-wing think tank networks was featured in news media articles around the world. He is most well known for his ground-breaking research into David and Charles Koch’s massive financial investments in the Republican and tea party networks.

Kevin is the first person to be designated a “Certified Expert” on the political and community organizing platform NationBuilder.

Prior to DeSmogBlog, Kevin worked in various political and government roles. He was Senior Advisor to the Minister of State for Mulitculturalism and a Special Assistant to the Minister of State for Asia Pacific, Foreign Affairs for the Government of Canada. Kevin also worked in various roles in the British Columbia provincial government in the Office of the Premier and the Ministry of Health.

In 2008 Kevin co-founded a groudbreaking new online election tool called Vote for Environment which was later nominated for a World Summit Award in recognition of the world’s best e-Content and innovative ICT applications.

Kevin moved to Washington, DC in 2010 where he worked for two years as the Director of Online Strategy for Greenpeace USA and has since returned to his hometown of Vancouver, Canada.

Peter Sinclair Talks Climate Crock Live on Climate TV tonight

You might have noticed that I really like this new Climate TV platform.

Tonight Climate TV will have its weekly show with the creator of the famous Climate Crock of the Week videos, Peter Sinclair.

If you tune in live you can chat with Peter and ask him questions, weigh in with your two cents etc.

He will be live here on Climate TV tonight (April 8th) at 6pm pacific (9pm eastern).

UPDATE: here’s the archive of Peter Sinclair’s Show on Climate TV from tonight.

DeSmog Weekly TV - Live tomorrow at 7pm eastern (4pm pacific)

Tune in tomorrow as we host our second of hopefully many weekly live shows on Climate TV.

Tomorrow I want to cover off some of latest news and analysis happening around the attack on climate science, especially in the United States where the mainstream media have completely missed the boat on Climategate, when the UK government concluded no wrongdoing on the part of the climate scientist at the middle of the controversy, Phil Jones.

We are also going to have on a special guest, Karl Burkart, blogger on Mother Nature Network, internet strategist and Executive Producer of the Planet 100 Show on Planet Green. We will be talking with Karl about the Mountains Rule Campaign to end Mountain Top Removal (MTR).

Not only is the show run live in high-definition, it is also totally interactive - meaning that viewers can weigh in with questions and comments throughout the show for us to discuss and respond. It will be a lot of fun, so please jump on to Climate TV here at 7pm eastern (4pm pacific) tomorrow, Wednesday, April 7th.

If you missed the inaugural show last week, you can go to the Climate TV archive and check it out.

Also, would love to hear from anyone about ideas for upcoming shows. And since we turned off comments on DeSmog due to a troll infestation, you can email me at: desmogblog [at] gmail [dot] com.

Free first chapter of Climate Cover Up

DeSmog’s book Climate Cover Up: the crusade to deny global warming continues to sell very well, but I thought for those of you who have not bought a copy yet that I would give you the first chapter to download free as a teaser.

For those of you who have read the book and have already passed on your copy to someone else, pass this post on to your friends and family to help spread the word.

You can download it here: Climate Cover Up: the crusade the deny global warming - Chapter 1 [pdf].

Thanks and enjoy!

How to Strangle a Climate Skeptic

Grist’s Umbra Fisk shows you how!

*Note: We are not advocating strangling anyone. Sense of humor required!

Jim Hoggan on MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show

 Check out Jim Hoggan, co-founder of DeSmogBlog and author of Climate Cover Up: the crusade to deny global warming, on Rachel Maddow’s show last night.

Here’s the Greenpeace report on Koch Industries Inc., that they’re talking about.

Jim Hoggan on MSNBC's Rachel Maddow Show tonight

DeSmog’s Co-Founder, Jim Hoggan is live on MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Show tonight at 9:15 eastern, 6:15 pacific.

Tune in and let us know what you think!

DeSmog TV Live in HD at 10am pacific today

[Editor’s note: here’s the archived video of DeSmog’s Live TV show]

Check out our pilot edition of DeSmog TV today on Climate TV. The show is live with yours truly as host.

The best part is that the show, being run on Climate TV, is interactive and you’ll be able to ask questions and make comments in real time.

We will be talking today with Kert Davies, Director of Research at Greenpeace USA, about a new report out yesterday on Koch Industries and their heavy investment in the climate misinformation echo chamber. We will also discuss the breaking news out of the UK House of Commons exonerating Dr. Phil Jones.

The show is live today at 10am pacific, 1pm eastern. The show will be archived and I’ll post it here later, but check out the live show because I will probably have a few copies of Climate Cover Up on hand as giveaways.

Climate Crock Live and Interactive With Peter Sinclair Tonight

I’m involved in a cool new project called Climate TV - it’s a live and interactive online television channel focusing on bringing the personalities, authors, filmmaker, pundits, policy experts, campaigners and politicians around the issue of climate change live to your computer where you can interact and ask questions in real time.

The premiere edition airs tonight (Thursday, March 25) on this Climate TV Channel at 6pm pacific, 9pm eastern time.

The show will feature Climate Crock of the Week video producer, Peter Sinclair.

We will be airing one of Sinclair’s recent Climate Crock Episodes and then there will be a live Q and A discussion with Peter afterward, where viewers can ask questions and add their thoughts to the conversation.

Here’s the video Peter will be airing and discussing live tonight. See you tonight!

Wanted: David and Charles Koch, Climate Criminals [video]

If you’ve never heard of Charles or David Koch, I wouldn’t blame. While they do run the second largest private company in the US, they don’t spend much money advertising the fact.

These oil barons do however spend a lot of money every year on organizations like Americans for Prosperity who attack the science of climate change and deny that it is happening.

Here’s a backgrounder on Koch just released yesterday by Climate Science Watch.

And here’s Greenpeace’s “Climate Crime Unit” on the hunt for Charles and David Koch:

Bill McKibben on O.J. Simpson and the Attack on Climate Science

The award-winning author Bill McKibben has penned a great piece today comparing the OJ Simpson trial to the attack underway on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Chage (IPCC) and climate science in general.

McKibben writes:

“In 1989, I could fit every scientific study on climate change on top of my desk. Now, you could fill the Superdome with climate-change research data. Yet somehow, the onslaught against the science of climate change has never been stronger.”

And,

“The campaign against climate science has been enormously clever, and enormously effective. It’s worth trying to understand how they’ve done it.  The best analogy, I think, is to the O.J. Simpson trial, an event that’s begun to recede into our collective memory. For those who were conscious in 1995, however, I imagine that just a few names will make it come back to life. Kato Kaelin, anyone? Lance Ito?”

You can read McKibben’s entire piece here: The Attack on Climate-Change Science Why It’s the O.J. Moment of the Twenty-First Century.

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