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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.

The Economist: we need action and the US should lead the charge

The Economist Magazine, renowned for it's staunch conservatism, put out a Special Edition last week devoted to climate change and the need for action .
It's a great read, here are links to a couple of the stories:

The Heat is On

The uncertainty surrounding climate change argues for action, not inaction. America should lead the way

FOR most of the Earth's history, the planet has been either very cold, by our standards, or very hot. Fifty million years ago there was no ice on the poles and crocodiles lived in Wyoming. Eighteen thousand years ago there was ice two miles thick in Scotland and, because of the size of the ice sheets, the sea level was 130m lower. Ice-core studies show…

Friday video pick

This a funny, albeit over-the-top, commercial produced by Greenpeace. Love the guy pushing up his glasses and flipping the bird.


Labour Party calls for climate change strippergate inquiry

And on the lighter side of the climate change issue, the Australian opposition Labour Party are now calling for an immediate inquiry into a government sponsored climate change conference that included strippers as entertainment.


In an interview with ABC Radio, Opposition environment spokesman Anthony Albanese says:

“I think we do need to know the circumstances of how it occurred, in terms of whether someone in the department made a decision, who was overseeing the conference, I think it does need an explanation.”

The scheduled 45-minute Burlesque Show, which included a “popping balloon act,” ran as the after-dinner entertainment, but after 10 minutes or so, the show abruptly ended as climate scientists started leaving.

And in other Aussie news: climate conference goes topless...

Nothing to do with PR spin or solutions, but too hard to resist. At a recent Australia New Zealand Climate Forum, held at the Australian National University, the Burlesque dinner act caused more than a little “heat” for organizers. Maybe it was simply an innocent visual display of one possible adaptive solution to climate change; wearing less clothes.

Tim Ball the movie, only on DeSmogBlog.com

DeSmogBlog has uncovered a great video of the notorious climate change skeptic, Dr. Tim Ball – shot at a “lunch on the frontier” event hosted by the Frontier Centre for Public Policy (FCPP), a Winnipeg, Manitoba-based “think” tank.

As we have always maintained here at DeSmogBlog, we don't argue the science. But if legitimate scientific debate is at issue, Dr. Ball is similarly disinclined. This tape shows him, again, to be the kind of public relations person who will say whatever is necessary to give his oil-industry backers comfort.

Here's a few quotes to whet your appetites:

Schwarzenegger: take the politics out of global warming

In an exclusive interview to ABC News, Arnold Schwarzenegger discusses California's new carbon reduction bill that aims to curb emissions in that state by 25% over the next 15 years.

Schwarzenegger states:

I don't think one should look at green house gas emissions or global warming as a political issue. So if that policy is against the Bush administration, so be it.”

We couldn't have said it better ourselves!

Karnataka Climate Change Project

This video is a great example of efforts in India to address energy shortages and at the same time reduce carbon emissions.

The fanciful world of the "Friends of Science"

There is no doubt that science would be made easier by throwing out the concept of 'peer review.' I am sure many scientists curse from time to time the rigorous questioning of their peers, the need to re-visit completed work and the possibility that years of research may be for naught based on the scrutiny of their colleagues.

That being said, the peer-review process of science plays an extremely important role in ensuring that conclusions drawn by research are in fact sound before being touted in the scientific community. Without peer review, science could easily fall into the category of opinion.

The Friends of Science, a Calgary-based cadre of climate skeptics who we have reported extensively on, delivered a statement today in the National Post via their appointed spokesperson, Albert F. Jacobs. This letter serves as a great example of the fantasy world the FOS promotes when it comes the concepts of science and peer-review.

Malaysia announces $25 million for solar technology

Good to see this large oil exporter investing big in renewable energy. An investment such as this not only recognizes the harmful effects of fossil fuel consumption, but according to this story it also makes economic sense. To quote:

“Ahmad Hadri Haris, project leader for the photovoltaic or solar energy sector in Malaysia said it was the fastest-growing energy source in the world with expansion of 25-30 percent over the last 15 years.”
And it seems many people around the world agree with Ahmad, see here, here and here for examples. 

Look Out Prius! Here Comes Formula One

It is obviously early stage, but Gizmodo is reporting that some top Formula One builders are teaming up to create what would no doubt be the fastest hybrid car on the planet. I was saving up for a Prius, but I think I might hold out for this one! Thanks to our friends at Thinkprogress for bringing this story to our attention. 

This latest development is in response to a June, 2006 demand by Formula One boss Max Moseley that racing engineers quit spending their time and expertise pushing out a few extra RPM's, and instead turn to making Formula One greener and meaner.


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