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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.

It's not easy pretending to be green

Once in a while a great public information campaign comes along, and this one by the Rain Forest Action Network fits the bill.

At the Detroit Auto Show, they had a full-size Kermit the Frog complaining about it's involvement in Ford Motor Company advertisements. As DeSmog readers well know , Ford Motor Company promotes a very green image, while continuing to fund organizations, like the Competitive Enterprise Institute, that sow doubt about the realities of global warming.

And Chrysler reacts

Following-up on an earlier post today regarding controversial comments made by Chrysler's chief economist today, Chrysler has issued this statment. In reaction, BBC News has posted a transcript of the remarks in question.

GM's chief economist reveals automakers greenwash

Update: GM issued this statment in reaction to the BBC story referred to below. 

With comments like this on global warming from Chrysler's chief economist Van Jolissaint, it's no wonder Chrysler continues it's steady slide in profits. According to a BBC report out this morning, Jolissaint went on a global warming screed during a private breakfast…


Europe to put global warming pressure on White House today

The President of the European Commission, Jose Manul Barroso, will be visiting the White House today to push the administration into a post-Kyoto global warming agreement. The new agreement will follow the current Kyoto Protocol and will be askind developed nations to sign on to a 30% reduction in greenhouse gas by 2020.

Democrats may form Special Global Warming Committee

From ThinkProgress: This morning on ABC’s This Week, George Stephanopoulos reported that Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) “is considering setting up a special committee in the House to deal with climate change and global warming.” Also on ABC, Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) called climate change “the most serious environmental problem” we face, and said “we’ve got to get action on it” and “not wait until everybody around the world is going to do it.”

Hopefully this means action and not stall-by-committee

Cigarette anyone?

The Competitive Enterprise Insitute, a DC-based “think” tank is in full crisis mode today after being fingered heavily in a Union of Concerned Scientist's report out today linking ExxonMobil's underhanded PR tactics to deny the realities of climate change to those tactics used by the tobacco industry to claim that smoking isn't bad for us.

Unfortunately, the CEI, in their efforts to distance themselves from the hornet's nest created by the Exxon/tobacco story, they forgot to take down the massive picture of cigarettes from the homepage of their website along with the banner headline: “District smoking ban threatens economic liberty.” Any bets on how long before they take it down?

And CEI's response?

This is what you call full “crisis communications” folks. Myron Ebell, who is named in the UCS report, along with his employer, the Competative Enterprise Institute, have just issued a response over the PR Newswire. It's sweat time for Ebell, because his organization is going from bad to worse in the eyes of ExxonMobil, who has provided over $2 million in funding to the Washington think-tank.

Choice quote in the CEI release: “CEI does not deny that the global mean temperature is rising and that human activities may be responsible for some or all of the warming.”

So how would the CEI account for this commercial they ran earlier this year across North America?

And Exxon's response?

Here's and ABC news article outlining Exxon's response to the Union of Concerned Scientists well-written and scathing piece on ExxonMobil.

Choice quote from Exxon's spokeman, David Gardner: “Even with many scientific uncertainties, the risk that greenhouse gas emissions may have serious impacts justifies taking action. What is clear today is that greenhouse gas emissions are one of the factors that contribute to climate change, and that the use of fossil fuels is a major source of these emissions.”

Romm's hell and high water slams "denyers and delayers"

Haven't read former US department of energy, assistant secretary, Joseph Romm's book Hell or High Water yet, but I will after seeing some of the quotes from this recent book review:

Helping plant these doubts [about global warming] is a handful of scientist-commentators – “A group small enough to fit into a typical home bathroom,” writes Romm – who are often funded by the oil and gas industry and are adept at exploiting one of the media's biggest vulnerabilities: Its pursuit of balance.

Monckton, global warming, UFO's and time travel

It seems that British Aristocrat and self-appointed global warming expert, Christopher Monckton, has found a publication worthy of his theories. Tim Lambert, who runs the ever-great Deltoid blog, is reporting that Monckton's global warming junk science has been published in Nexus magazine, alongside an article about the “Shadow government's UFO agenda” and one on the “Anglo-American-Zionist” 9/11 terrorist plot.

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