Who is Roy Cordato?

Who is Roy Cordato?
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The other day we posted on a right-wing think tank called the John Locke Foundation (JLF) that was duped into praising a fake global warming study.

After posting the story we received a pretty quick response from the dupe himself, Roy Cordato, who’s listed on the JLF website as a “vice-president for research and resident scholar.” Turns out that Mr. Cordato fashions himself as somewhat of a “scholar” on the issue of climate change.

Check out this video of Cordato promoting the global cooling in the 1970’s climate denier speaking point (I might have made a few slight edits):

It’s not surprising that Cordato was easily suckered into touting a ridiculously over-the-top fake global warming research study, given the fact that his background is in music and economics and not climate change science.

To be fair, the much-hyped “truth detector” Rush Limbaugh was duped as well, so I guess Mr. Cordato finds himself in like-minded company.

More importantly though, Cordato and the John Locke Foundation have recently been collaborating with the typical players in the climate denial industry to spread misinformation about climate change in and around the State of North Carolina.

The JLF recently published a “North Carolina’s citizen’s guide to global warming” (pdf). The guide contains the usual global warming myths that are perpetuated ad nauseam by the global warming denial echo machine – water vapor, medieval warming period etc.

The author of the report, Joel Schwartz, recently toured North Carolina beating the “North Carolina Citizen’s Guide” as the gospel truth on climate science. Schwartz, is not a member of the JLF, but is instead currently employed as a “visiting fellow” at the American Enterprise Institute. If you’re not familiar with the AEI‘s involvement in the global warming denial industry, you can check out more here, here and here.

You can also find recent Sourcewatch entries originally compiled by yours truly, here on Roy Cordato and here on the John Locke Foundation .

Who is Roy Cordato?

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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