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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.

Denier Peiser's conspiracy is what many consider science

Well-known denier Benny Peiser complains in a recent Reuters story that: “scientific journals refused to take papers from scientists who doubted climate change.”

Of course, this speaks to the worn-out claim that there is a grand scientific conspiracy to silence those who deny the realities of climate change. What if we assume instead that Peiser's unimpressive publication rate is a reflection of a “conspiracy” among journal editors to favour high quality research?

The Frank Luntz Mea Culpa

“My own beliefs have changed from when I was tasked with that project,” and “today I would not have that paragraph in a document about the environment.”

And with those words (and a couple more) Frank Luntz, considered by many (including DSBlog) to be one of the godfather's of the PR spin machine attacking the science of climate change, offers up his most frank admission of error to date. Here's the clip:

Heartland Debate Challenge Update, April 17, 2001

DeSmog Debate Challenge

Still haven't heard from them. In the meantime, please enjoy some past posts we have done on the Heartland Institute or the entry for Heartland over at Sourcewatch.

Global warming: is it daylight savings or a liberal Congress plot?

It is letters to the editor like this one that give DeSmogBlog writers and researchers the resolve to push on.

Check out DeSmogBlog TV

This is our first episode with blogger Emily Murgatroyd bringing you the latest news in the world of PR spin and global warming.

Heartland Debate Challenge Update, April 12, 2007

DeSmog Debate Challenge

Still haven't heard from them. In the meantime, please enjoy some past posts we have done on the Heartland Institute or the entry for Heartland over at Sourcewatch.

Heartland Debate Challenge Update, April 11, 2007

DeSmog Debate Challenge

Still haven't heard from them. In the meantime, please enjoy some past posts we have done on the Heartland Institute or the entry for Heartland over at Sourcewatch.

Oil-a-palooza, Newsbusters attempts to resurrect the Friends of Science

The “Liberal Media” bashing Newsbusters is complaining today that the American media have ignored the 2005 Climate Catastrophe Cancelled video produced by the “Friends of Science.”

Newsbusters asks: “Think you’ll see this video on American television any time soon?”

If it is to appear on American TV, which based on the quality of production and factual inaccuracies I am guessing not, here's a bit more on the Friends of Science and Newsbusters for you to consider. 

Breaking news: Exxon to dislose political donations, waffles on trade association pay-outs

A friend of DSBlog just sent this press release over:

ExxonMobil Agrees to Disclose Soft Money Political Contributions

SAN FRANCISCO, April 11 (AScribe Newswire) – ExxonMobil Corp. will disclose for the first time political contributions it makes with corporate funds, known colloquially as soft money, according to As You Sow, a nonprofit group promoting corporate social responsibility.

Newspaper prescribes "the Swindle" for schoolchildren

The Vancouver Province newspaper is responding to a suggestion that British Columbia school children should enjoy the Inconvenient Truth by urging educators to also expose B.C.’s young people to a good climate Swindle .

The editorial in the Vancouver Province newspaper today starts out innocently enough with an account of a local businessman, Will Cole-Hamilton, who would like to put a copy of Al Gore’s Inconvenient Truth in every high school in the province of British Columbia.

“And why not?” the editorial states, “the issue of global warming looks set to dominate public discourse for some time to come.”

The editorial then takes a turn into the land of global warming fantasy, suggesting that in the name of “presenting an unbiased” view, B.C. students should also watch Channel 4 documentary The Great Global Warming Swindle.

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