Who is Kert Davies?


Kert Davies is the Research Director at Greenpeace US, based in Washington, DC. 

During his twelve years at Greenpeace, Kert has conducted research and campaigns to expose corporate opposition to action on climate change including coordinated efforts to deny global warming science and delay effective policy responses. Kert's work includes ExxonSecretsPolluterWatch and StopGreenwash.

Launched in 2004, the ExxonSecrets database and relational mapping tool has been used by countless journalists, academics, elected officials and activists as a source of evidence on the organizations and individuals who make up the climate denial machine. Since the launch of ExxonSecrets, Exxon has been forced to drop funding to many key anti-environmental organizations, but continues to send hundreds of thousands of dollars a year to others.

Kert and his team launched the landmark 2010 report, Koch Industries: Secretly Funding the Climate Denial Machine, which put a spotlight on the Koch brothers and broke open the story of the network of organizations they fund to influence American politics and public policy. Greenpeace Research continues to pressure to the Koch brothers, flying an airship over a Koch brothers meeting and publishing numerous case studies documenting how Koch-fundied groups have delayed climate solutions since 2010.

Greenpeace research was used in Greedy Lying Bastards including total funding from ExxonMobil and the Koch brothers to prop up the front groups and organizations of the climate denial machine.

Kert's work on ExxonMobil was featured in Steve Coll's book Private Empire and Kert was featured in a New Yorker photo essay, Adversaries, by Platon, just before the 2012 elections.

Kert has been interviewed and quoted by PBS NewsHourABC World News, NPR, Democracy Now, CNN, BBC, CBC, Al Jazeera, NBC, the Washington Post, New York Times, the Guardian and numerous other media outlets worldwide. He is the frequent host of the Greenpeace Radio podcast and radio program.

Before Greenpeace, Kert worked at Ozone Action and the Environmental Working Group. He holds degrees fromHampshire College and University of Montana Environmental Studies Program

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"Greedy Lying Bastards" investigates the reason behind stalled efforts to tackle climate change despite consensus in the scientific community that it is not only a reality but also a growing problem placing us on the brink of disaster.