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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.

CEI argues IPCC science without any scientists

The Competitive Enterprise Institute, who not even the likes of ExxonMobil want to be associated with anymore, has issued a media advisory today offering up their in-house staff as global warming “experts” available for comment on the upcoming release by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

With the IPCC report coming from scientists, you would think the CEI would be offering up scientists as global warming “experts.

Think again.

Here's some background information on each of their so-called “experts.”

Kennedy slams Exxon's greenwash

Robert F. Kennedy has a great piece on uber-blog Huffington Post today on Exxon's new greenwashing campaign.

To quote: “In a quarter-page advertorial in Thursday's New York Times, ExxonMobil launched a new greenwashing campaign to salvage its earned reputation as Earth's number one global warming villain.”

Bush's tough talk forgets fine print

President Bush's was talking tough on cutting the US gasoline consumption last night, but The Washington Post, is reporting the real story  today.

The Ol' Danish Media Trap

DeSmog friend and fellow blogger, Mathew Nisbet, reports on a recent media trap sprung on Al Gore with Bjorn Lomborg as the bait. Lomborg, is best known for his “can't walk and chew gum ” economic theories of global warming.

Biofuels: corn vs. cane

DeSmoggers are always asking about biofuels, especially corn-based ethanol. Here's a good read on the energy efficiency of corn-based ethanol production versus sugar cane based production.

Dem's rollback Big Oil tax breaks in first 100 hours

Here's some video footage of Democratic House Leader, Nancy Pelosi, talking tough on global warming and energy independence.

Within the first 100 hours of the new Congressional session, Pelosi and the Dems have committed to introducing new legislation “repealing big oil subsidies and investing in renewable fuels.” So far, the Democrats have kept to their word and passed the Clean Energy Act, rolling back subsidies to big oil companies.

Economic Elite to Discuss Warming Concerns

For an issue that a small, but vocal, band of “skeptics ” says isn't anything to worry about, the business and political elite of the world sure seem to think it is.

Global warming is at the top of the list of priorities for discussion at the upcoming World Economic Forum held in Davos, Switzerland. 2,400 business leaders, including 900 company chief executives and heads of state will be in attendance. 

Charlie Rose on Global Warming and Renewable Energy

A must watch! Charlie Rose hosts a show on global warming, renewable energy and green technology. As usual, Rose puts on a comprehensive and thought-provoking show. The file is quite large, if it doesn't load, check it out here.


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What's an "IPCC Expert Reviewer?"

A lot of climate change deniers like to tout the fact that they were an “Expert Reviewer” for the last Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and a few DeSmog readers have been asking what exactly if takes to become an “Expert Reviewer.”

Well, thanks to our friend Tim Lambert at Deltoid Blog it turns out that an “Expert Reviewer” really isn't as exciting and not nearly as prestigous as it sounds. Tim writes:

“Expert reviewer for the IPCC” doesn't mean that they asked the person to review material – all it means is that they asked to see the draft report. The only real requirement to be a reviewer is to sign an agreement not to publicly comment on the draft.”

I have confirmed this with one of the authors of the updated IPPC report.

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.

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