15-year old the latest wall in denier's echo-chamber

15-year old the latest wall in denier's echo-chamber
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Google the name “Kristen Byrnes” and you’ll see a lot of buzz over her recent musings about Al Gore and James Hansen.

Headlines like “15-year-old outsmarts NASA‘s global warming alarmist,” and, “Teenager takes on Global Warming Scientist” are popping up all over the smogosphere. The attention seems somewhat confounding, given that this 15 year-olds work isn’t uncovering any earth-shattering news or data, or anything that hasn’t been bounced around the global warming denier myth chamber a thousand times already.

Check out her website here.

And to the term “taking on.” What exactly does that mean? Is she going to fight Hansen at the bike racks after school or something?

Seems that the attention is mainly due to the fact that the writer is 15 years-old and nothing more. It’s also quite apparent that the attention she’s receiving from Brett Bozell’s Media Research Center, Newsbusters, ExxonMobil funded, echo chamber is helping boost her credibility in the global warming denial industry.

On one hand, I do feel bad to have to write critically of an obviously inspired young person, it’s great to see such enthusiasm. On the other hand, I’m very encouraged to see that the denial movement is so excited over their latest member – it shows just how desperate they are becoming for new sources of global warming denialism.

Come on. At least Tim Ball and Fred Singer are scientists!

H/T to the ever-on-the-ball, Eli Rabett.

15-year old the latest wall in denier's echo-chamber

Kevin is a contributor and strategic adviser to DeSmogBlog.

He runs the digital marketing agency Spake Media House. 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 Multiculturalism 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 groundbreaking 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.

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