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Kert Davies is the Director of the Climate Investigations Center.
Kert worked at Greenpeace from 2000-2013 where he was the Research Director and helped launch ExxonSecrets.org, PolluterWatch.org, StopGreenwash.org and PolluterHarmony. Kert was Science Policy Director at Ozone Action and a researcher at the Environmental Working Group prior to Greenpeace. He has degrees in Environmental Studies from Hampshire College and the University of Montana.

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Greedy Lying Bastards: The Movie Exxon and the Koch Brothers Hope You Don't See (VIDEO)

(14) Comments | Posted March 11, 2013 | 1:52 PM

The new film Greedy Lying Bastards (GLB for short) opens today in theaters in about 30 cities around the US. Go see it, first of all... there is a theater list here. And tell your friends about it.

The film contains some gems, including this clip of "Lord" Monckton, reacting to a question about the consensus that climate change is real and man-made:

Right... the only scientists who are capable of coming to a conclusion as barking mad as that are computer modelers. These are typically zitty teenagers, sitting in dark rooms with a can of Coca-Cola and too many donuts and playing on their X-Box 360s and they are making predictions about the climate...

Wow... and that's only the beginning of the lunacy and nastiness from the deniers.

The long legacy of denial and deception by the legion of fossil doom will never be erased. They know who they are. We know exactly who they are. And we know exactly they have done... Greedy Lying Bastards is the most complete telling of this story to date.

We have the files at ExxonSecrets.org and PolluterWatch; in fact file cabinets full -- twenty-plus years of research and documentation of industry efforts to slow down the uptake of climate science, replace urgency with uncertainty and derail the policy train that is pulled along by that scientific consensus. Steve Coll's book Private Empire, which came out in 2012, pulled even more details into focus about Exxon's roll in the climate denial machine

ExxonMobil, the American Petroleum Institute, the Koch brothers, electric companies like Southern Company and a new posse of anonymous donors have collectively dumped millions of dollars into front groups and think tanks they could prompt to say and do things they couldn't be caught dead saying or doing themselves. The corporate puppeteers knew that sowing doubt and uncertainty would buy them time. A stay of execution. The free market front groupers had hit pay dirt and feel that taking action on climate change is some UN conspiracy to shackle their god given free market freedom.

So what? What can be done to hold these individuals and corporations accountable for their actions? What court of law will find them guilty of obstruction and deception? The film shows the similarity to the tobacco industry, who fought on for years after knowing full well that cigarettes caused health problems and nicotine is addictive -- straight up denial. There will be hearings, trials, cases, whistle blowers. The truth will be known.

Join the petition to ask Congress to investigate the Climate Denial Machine. There is much to be learned. The denial machine has not gone to sleep even as the climate is unraveling before our eyes.

Bottom line is real people are craving answers as extreme floods and hurricane superstorms sweep away everything they own, as "exceptional" drought knocks farms off the map one by one, as heat waves make life unbearable. The weather is out of whack and people are waking up one by one and want to know who to blame for their misfortune.

The culprits try to change their stripes, say they have been "misunderstood" in the case of Exxon, but you cannot change history. Their actions have contributed to two decades of inaction, costing us lives, property loss, economic and ecological damage. Species are going and will go extinct due to this inaction. This is no joke.

The latest academic treatment linking the Arab Spring to climate change raises the stakes again. Climate security is national security. Inseparable. Climate change is about where we live and how we live there. About how we grow our food, our water sources, the way we normally build our homes and buildings...How we live is adapted to the climate of the place where we live and make a living. All this is now turning upside down. When 100-year extreme events happen every year, when thousands of weather records are broken in a single year, the truth inescapable.

People are trusting their eyes and increasingly not trusting the Denial Machine.

There will be accountability, and not only in the court of public opinion. These are moral crimes, crimes against humanity. The stakes are high and the consequences are only starting to fall out. People are starting to realize they have been lied to, led to believe that global warming was some figment of Al Gore's imagination, told to look the other way...

And if there is one thing that gets people all riled up, its being lied to.

Good luck explaining yourself to our children and grandchildren, David and Charles Koch, Rex Tillerson and Lee Raymond at Exxon before him... and all the others in your denial army. You might as well start explaining right...

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VIDEO: Coal Polluter Lobbyist Confronted at Energy Event

(1) Comments | Posted November 16, 2012 | 6:00 PM

Yesterday, at a well-attended energy forum hosted by Politico, PolluterWatch researcher Connor Gibson shed some light on the role of coal lobbyist Jeffrey Holmstead in blocking pollution reductions for his coal utility and mining clients after he said we can't "regulate our way to clean energy."...

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Coal Front Group ACCCE Launches Ad Campaign Ahead of Presidential Debates

(5) Comments | Posted October 4, 2012 | 5:32 PM

Twenty four hours before the first presidential debate, the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE), a front group for the coal industry, launched a new ad as part of a $35 million dollar PR campaign.

And given that Romney's "war on coal" ads are a...

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Achy Breaky Heartland Institute: May Chicago Meeting Brief

(6) Comments | Posted May 21, 2012 | 8:12 PM

No one would argue that Heartland Institute is in turmoil. The Guardian summed it up pretty well last night .

The historic Joe Bast backfiring blunder of a billboard campaign featuring Ted Kaczynski, the Unabomber, the non-apology that followed, corporate funders running for the exits, the...

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Best Koch Brothers TV Expose Yet: Al Jazeera -- People and Power (VIDEO)

(4) Comments | Posted November 1, 2011 | 7:24 PM

Amazing what a half hour of good television can do...
One forgets with all the crap on TV, the power of investigative journalism on the small screen.
The program "People and Power" on Al Jazeera has been working for months on the Koch Brothers expose.

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Keeping Up With King Koch

(4) Comments | Posted May 12, 2011 | 5:59 PM

Greenpeace USA recently released an updated report on Koch Industries.

For those following the political wrangling of the now-infamous industrial billionaire Koch brothers, which has become increasingly hard not to follow, the last couple weeks have been a real whirlwind of activity.

The opinions of David Koch are...

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Greenpeace Activists Scale Dirty Coal Plant and Demand Shutdown (Video)

(2) Comments | Posted February 17, 2011 | 12:48 PM

Early this morning Greenpeace activists scaled a coal plant in Bridgeport, Connecticut to send a message that dirty coal plants are responsible for thousands of deaths in America every year and are destroying our planet.

The activists hung a 40ft. x 20ft. banner at the Bridgeport...

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Rep. Waxman Presses for Inquiry on Global Warming Denier Pat Michaels

(13) Comments | Posted January 25, 2011 | 11:11 AM

Of dirty Koch money, climate denial and misleading Congress?

Today, Rep. Henry Waxman sent a letter to Rep. Fred Upton seeking to pull career global warming denier Pat Michaels in for questioning. Upton is the ranking Republican leader of the House Energy and Commerce...

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David Koch Booed at NY Christmas Ballet Performance

(21) Comments | Posted January 5, 2011 | 9:29 AM

David Koch, one of the richest men in America and owner of the largest private energy company in the United States took to the stage over the Christmas holiday to receive praise for his $2.5 million sponsorship of the American Ballet Theatre's production of the Nutcracker... and a...

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Beyond Oil Homage to Cousteau and Gandhi

(1) Comments | Posted September 22, 2010 | 11:13 PM

First some markers. Yesterday was the autumnal equinox and we say goodbye to a very hot - ozone air pollution alert filled - summer. My kids' lungs thank you  American Petroleum Institute (not)...

This week marks my 10th anniversary at Greenpeace. Yesterday was the five month anniversary of the BP...

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Oil Plumes: Pressure on Scientists and Pursuit of the Truth

(18) Comments | Posted August 17, 2010 | 6:57 PM

"The oil is on the surface. There aren't any plumes."

This was one of Tony Hayward's famously foolish proclamations during his desperate final months as the CEO of British Petroleum, before he was relocated to Russia, perhaps to "get his life back"... With his $18 million severance package,...

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David Koch in NY Magazine: Tea Party Wallet and Unabashed Global Warming Denier

(3) Comments | Posted July 27, 2010 | 5:17 PM

Check out today's New York Magazine article on the second richest man in New York, and richest climate denier on the planet, David Koch:

The Billionaire's Party: David Koch is New York's second-richest man, a celebrated patron of the arts, and the tea party's wallet.

The best...

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The BP Deepwater Oil Disaster: What if it Were Virginia?

(8) Comments | Posted April 29, 2010 | 8:02 PM

The horrific and historic environmental disaster unfolding before our eyes in the Gulf of Mexico has everyone taking a new look at the true cost of oil addiction.

Everything was going so well for Big Oil. The American Petroleum Institute, its members, and their army of lobbyists were having...

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Koch Industries Investigation NYC: Greenpeace Climate Crime Unit VIDEO

(0) Comments | Posted April 21, 2010 | 4:21 PM

Greenpeace's investigation into oil billionaires David and Charles Koch and their funding of climate denial organizations led our Climate Crime Unit to New York City, as the effort to apprehend these major funders of climate denial organizations continues. Our investigation led from the...

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What Does an "Intellectually Honest Debate" About Climate Change Mean to Koch Industries?

(0) Comments | Posted April 8, 2010 | 1:34 PM

After Greenpeace released the report "Koch Industries: Secretly Funding the Climate Denial Machine" a few days back, the Koch damage control team sent the New York Times a thin PR response that read like a libertarian textbook on environmental policy. Not surprisingly, Koch's response...

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PolluterHarmony VIDEO: Rex and Bob -- An Offshore Drilling Love Affair

(1) Comments | Posted March 25, 2010 | 2:17 PM

When Greenpeace's PolluterWatch launched PolluterHarmony last month, it quickly became the #1 online matchmaking site for polluters, industry lobbyists, & politicians. Even though some were a little shy about the attention, Jeff and Lisa's touching story of a polluter lobbyist and his...

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Koch Industries Climate Denier Bankrolls Smithsonian Evolution Exhibit: VIDEO

(5) Comments | Posted March 19, 2010 | 12:21 PM

During the opening ceremony of the David H. Koch Hall of Human Origins at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, Greenpeace deployed our Climate Crime Unit to search for David Koch; namesake of the new exhibit, oil billionaire, and major funder of the climate denial industry.

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Lisa Murkowski's Big Oil Love

(1) Comments | Posted March 8, 2010 | 10:59 AM

Three Greenpeace activists were taken into custody after deploying a floating banner in the atrium of the Hart Senate Office Building in plain view of a favorite destination for polluter lobbyists - Senator Lisa Murkowski's Washington DC office. The banner exposed Murkowski's close relationship with dirty energy interests and promoted...

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PolluterHarmony.com - Let Us Do The Dirty Work

(1) Comments | Posted February 10, 2010 | 9:55 AM

With the Federal government shut down by back to back record breaking blizzards, members of Congress are huddled at home, wandering the internet, perhaps looking for a match made in heaven. Across town in the K Street frat houses, hoards of hungry lobbyists, unable to pursue their desired prey on...

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Revealed: Exxon Secret Funding of Global Warming Junk Scientists

(67) Comments | Posted May 29, 2009 | 2:19 PM

Finally. After years of denying its role in the campaign of climate denial, Exxon has revealed a dirty secret, that it has and likely still is directly funding junk scientists.

The ExxonMobil 2008 Corporate Citizenship Report and Worldwide Giving Report were just released by the company ahead of...

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