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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.

Annan slams climate change junk scientists

United Nation's Secretary General, Kofi Annan stated today that the science on climate change “is not science fiction,” and that, “those who try to sow doubt about it are “out of step, out of arguments and out of time.”

Deniers "cock a hoop" over latest junk science

Monbiot's column in the Gaurdian today lays out nicely just how far the climate change deniers are willing to stretch their definition of “sound science.” Junk scientists and their cadre of misfits gleefully filled Monbiots inbox with messages like “your scam exposed” and “how do you feel now asshole.” Unfortunately, the only scam to expose is the information climate change deniers pawn off as science.

Open Market not open for discussion

As part of DeSmog's daily scan of who's saying what and where about climate
 
change, we of course troll the numerous blogs run by the climate change denial lobby. One thing that is striking is the number of these blogs that do not allow you to comment on the posts they write.

Here are a couple of examples, the Competitive Enterprise Institute's blog, the “Open” Market and the Cato Institute's Cato-at-Liberty.

This is “blog spin” pure and simple. By not allowing comments on your site, there is no sharing of ideas or disagreement, which is one of the best features, if not the most most important and beneficial aspects, of blog technology.

So Cato and CEI, get down from your preaching pulpit and open up your blogs to your fans and, of course, your detractors. What are you afraid of?

Thank the Macaca for Inhofe's undoing

The DeSmog team is anxiously waiting for the final, final confirmation of victory in the Virginia Senate race between Democrat Jim Webb and incumbent GOP candidate George Allen. If Webb is confirmed the winner, it means the end of Senator Jim “global warming is a hoax” Inhofe as the Chair of the influential Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.

Climate spin turns to hyper-mode with dem wins

Rep. John DingellWith the Democrats owning the balance of power in Congress, and possibly even the Senate, there is already talk of real US action on climate change. According to E&E daily, Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.) is poised to chair the Energy and Commerce committee. Darren Samuelson of E&E reports that Dingell “is expected to hold a series of hearings on global warming specifically, as well as direct oversight of U.S. EPA's most controversial air emission regulations.”

On the other side of the coin, the spin on climate change has all the signs of escalating to hyper-mode with articles like this one issued today from the oil industry darlings, the Business and Media Institute.


NRSP = "Now Really Secret Payments"

Tim Lambert, at deltoid, has come up with another great play on words for the NRSP, Canada's new climate change denial group, . As we reported yesterday, the executive director of the Natural Resource Stewardship Project, Tom Harris, claims that “a confidentiality agreement doesn't allow him to say whether energy companies are funding his group.” We thought tagging the NRSP as “Not Really Science People” was clever, but Tim has added to the fun by claiming Harris recieves “Now Really Secret Payments.

Are the Estonians funding the NRSP?

Canada's latest and greatest climate change denial group, the Natural Resource Stewardship Project, has come up with a laughable reason for hiding it's funding sources. According to a recent CanWest News Service article, the NRSP's executive director, Tom Harris, states that “a confidentiality agreement doesn't allow him to say whether energy companies are funding his group.”

Unfortunately for Harris and his secretive little club, such a a statement does not diffuse speculation, it only begs the question more. What organization could be funding Harris's NRSP that necessitates such secrecy? Even the Competitive Enterprise Intstitute, an industry front group with a great deal more profile than the NRSP, readliy admits they lobby-for-dollars on behalf of of industry leaders like Ford Motor Company and ExxonMobil.

The Oily History of Propaganda

DeSmog's friends at Plenty Magazine have produced an amazing short video on the history of propaganda by the oil industry. Follows straight through to those ridiculous “C02, we call it life” commercials produced by the Ford Motor Company/ExxonMobil-backed Competitive Enterprise Institute.

The "JunkScience" Coup d'etat

Let's trash the junkman A lot of public relations technique rests in language. It is built in the nuanced choice and combination of
words that are developed and tested through public opinion research - through polling and focus groups.

For example, Republican pollster Frank Luntz has made a career of massaging language to his clients advantage. In Luntz's now infamous enviro-speak memo (pdf) to the republican party, he advises the following:


Jim and DeSmogBlog hit the news (and the skeptics)

Here is a Global TV newshour video clip of DeSmog founder, Jim Hoggan, explaining the PR movement sowing doubt on the realities of global warming.

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