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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.

CNN: Inhofe is "all alone on Capital Hill"

CNN hits back at Sen. James Inhofe's speech earlier this week in which he challenged the media by claiming that, “During the past year, the American people have been served up an unprecedented parade of environmental alarmism by the media and entertainment industry.”

Among CNN's best retorts to Inhofe's claims is this one: “Inhofe is all alone on Capital Hill these days, most Republicans believe that the scientific jury is in [on global warming].” Inhofe's Republican colleague, Rep. Christopher Shays states in the CNN rebuff that, “we have seen too much documentation to know that the world is getting warmer, we know that the ice shelves are melting and for him [Inhofe] to say otherwise just is like putting a bag over his head and not seeing it.”

Think Progress has the CNN clip.

Huffington Post takes aim at Inhofe "the Social Dinosaur"

Corporate dinosaur or caveman?Uber-blog, Huffington Post, has a great piece today on Senator James Inhofe's latest tirade against the realities of climate change.

Most memorable Inhofe quote:

“I want to challenge the news media to reverse course and report on the objective science of climate change, stop ignoring legitimate voices in this scientific debate, and stop being used by the hysterical left,” said Inhofe. “Breaking the cycles of media hysteria will not be easy since hysteria sells and it is very profitable, but I really believe the issue is getting worn out.”

The only thing worn out is Inhofe's views on climate change. As the evidence of human-induced climate change mounts, Inhofe, Chair of the Senate Committee on the Environment and Public Works, continues to keeps his head well-buried in the sand. Not surprising when you consider that Inhofe's sub-committee on climate change chooses to play host to the testimony of the likes of Bjorn Lomborg, James Connaughton, Michael Crichton, William Gray, and Heartland Institute's Joseph Bast.


Can Bjorn Lomborg walk AND chew gum?

Bjorn LomborgThe Guardian's Science Podcast this week features interviews with Bjorn Lomborg, the self proclaimed “Skeptical Environmentalist” and Tony Juniper of the Friends of the Earth environmental society.

Lomborg makes his same old argument against action on climate change, that the world's economic resources are finite and that we should dedicate them to his top priorities - a list that misses climate change.

To quote Lomborg, “We're  focussed very much on climate change, and we are not focussed very much on all the other issues in the world and quite frankly we don't have infinite resources.” Friend of the Earther, Tony Juniper retorts, “Lomborg's logic breaks down somewhat in trying to trade these things off against each other. I don't think the world works like that.”

Denying Dan: Exxon's Corporate Giving Explained

Exxon's $2.4 million ventriloquist act

There are many opinions a coporation must keep to itself, that is if it's insterested in keeping a squeaky clean, or a squeaky “green” image. Sometimes, though, a corporation feels compelled to inject something unsavory into the public debate in order to protect the bottom-line - and the best way to do this is through the age-old art of ventriloquism.

When it comes to the issue of climate change, no corporation has done better with this tricky little PR technique than ExxonMobil, which was castigated this week by the UK's prestigious Royal Society for funding organizations that work to spread doubt about the scientific consensus on climate change.

Of course, this type of ventriloquism is not without precedent.

The classic example is The Advancement of Sound Science Coalition (TASSC), a front group that the PR firm APCO-Worldwide founded in 1993 on behalf of tobacco giant Philip Morris, specifically to question the health risks of Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS). TASSC then engaged experts to write papers in the industry’s defence.

So who are Exxon's ventriloquist dolls when it comes to the issue of climate change? In 2005 alone, ExxonMobil spent mjore than $2.4 million on organizations that say what Exxon hasn't got the credibility or the nerve to say itself.

Here's a list, as reported on ExxonMobile's 2005 Worldwide Giving Report:

Monbiot launches book and great YouTube video

With the release of his new book, Heat, UK journalist and author George Monbiot has been taking straight aim at the climate change “skeptic” movement. We found this 8 minute YouTube video done recently by Monbiot.

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Farewell Pruden, you'll be missed

Looks like Wes Pruden is on the outs as Editor in Chief of the Washington Times. Pruden has been a  regular climate change “skeptic” and did his personal best to confuse the public with his own pen and that of guest commentators spouting all sorts of junk science.

Of course, in the Nation report of Pruden's imminent ousting, there is no mention of Pruden's back-water stance on climate change, instead it was that he is alleged to be rampantly racist and sexist.

Goodbye Wes, you can retire knowing you did everything you could to delay action on global warming, and apparently make the world just a little more intolerant of women and minorities. Maybe someday it will keep you up at night.


Smoking and asbestos okay for you, climate change doesn't exist. Ask around!

Australian Labour Party MP, Tony Burke, pens a great piece today in the  Daily Telegraph castigating “… a handful of sceptics willing to rail against the weight of scientfic opinion,” on issues ranging from climate change to tobacco to asbestos.

As MP Burke rightly states: “We should remember, when those with something to lose ignored the information about the dangers of smoking and asbestos, some very real victims emerged.”

Well said, and as regular DeSmog readers know full well, many of the same people who told us not to worry about tobacco smoke and asbestos are now telling us not to worry about climate change.

Here are a few examples:

Dr. S. Fred Singer
On Asbestos
“The US has spent billions of dollars removing asbestos from schools, and for no good health reason.” (link)

On Climate Change
“So, the global climate doesn't seem to be warming, causing considerable embararassment to scientists.” (link)

Governator gives up Hummers????

Our friends at Ecorazzi are reporting that Cali. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has decided to give up his fleet of GM-built Hummers. However, over at the San Francisco Chronicle, it is being reported as bunk. The story was first reported at ContactMusic.com and pronounced on the news site and den of climate change denial news, Drudge Report.

Sounds like their is a lot of wishful thinking this Friday afternoon. Hopefully the rumours are true, as it would only make sense given California's recent global warming lawsuit against auto-makers and their recent climate change legislation.

Come on Governor, practice what you preach!

Ball preaches to the converted

Climate Skeptic Tim BallAfter his recent media pummeling, it seems that climate change skeptic Tim Ball isn't sticking his neck out too far into the public realm. The only upcoming presentations by Ball that we can find is one to the Victoria Chapter of the Conservative Party of Canada and one at the upcoming BC Oil and Gas Conference being held the first week of October in Dawson Creek.

I am sure Ball's slap-stick humour and fringe science will go over well with the two remaining demographics that, for the most part, refuse to pull their heads out of the sand.

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