'Pipelines will be blown up,' says David Suzuki, if leaders don't act on climate change

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Well, then, I figure the White people will respect her wishes as much as they always respected our wishes.
I believe she was referring to all the outsiders who were at the encampment. Such as FNs from ON and other reservers and Left Coasters of every stripe - those ones, Tec. She has a lot of us White folks on her side.
 
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From 'Canada is full' to 'economists are brain damaged': David Suzuki's greatest hits​

Despite his reputation as Canada’s leading environmental sage, it’s not all that unusual for Suzuki to say or do things that are insulting, hypocritical or straight-up incorrect

Defenders of the oil sector are morally equivalent to slave traders

In a 2015 radio interview, Suzuki said that the mere act of considering the economic impacts of climate change policy was equivalent to defending slavery. So, if you’re worried about how higher-priced heating oil will affect low-income families or just wondering how humanity could run global food systems without fossil fuels, you’re basically a cheerleader for human bondage. “It’s a moral issue. The issue of climate change is not an economic issue,” Suzuki said.
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At the time, then-Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall was warning that green policies designed to limit oil production would incur a cost in terms of jobs and missed government revenue. To which Suzuki replied , “It sounds very much to me like the Southern states argued in the 19th century, that to eliminate slavery would destroy their economy.”

Fukushima would require the “evacuation” of the North American West Coast

Despite being the worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl, the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster was ultimately contained before it could cause more than a handful of deaths and injuries. But in a worst case scenario there were briefly fears that a significant release of radioactive material would require the evacuation of more than 10 million Japanese living in the urban areas surrounding the plant.

Given the above, Suzuki wasn’t even close to the truth when he claimed at a 2015 event that a full-scale meltdown at Fukushima would have wiped Japan from the map and required the evacuation of the “West Coast of North America.” What’s more, Suzuki claimed he read this doomsday scenario in “a paper” (no such paper exists).

In the words of an actual nuclear physicist contacted at the time about the claim, “I’m sorry, but that is ridiculous.”

Economists are brain damaged

A favourite Suzuki anecdote — repeated often in his speeches and documentary appearances — is that one of the core tenets of economics is that environmental damage is irrelevant. “The economists say if you clearcut the forest, take the money and put it in the bank you can make six or seven per cent … so who cares whether you keep the forest?” Suzuki said in a 2011 documentary entitled Surviving Progress. He also called economics a “form of brain damage.”

In truth, economists are at the centre of many of the most well-known environmental public policy tools, including carbon taxes. It was an English economist — Arthur Pigou — who first pioneered the idea that polluters should be held financially responsible for profiting off activities that impose pollution, or a degraded environment, on others.

Plenty of actual economists have tried to enlighten Suzuki to this fact, including Andrew Leach, the University of Alberta economist who helped devise the province’s NDP-introduced carbon tax. Suzuki ignored him.

Telling people to ‘f— off’

Suzuki is usually quick with a “f— off” when encountering a political opponent (such as when he met Vivian Krause , a noted critic of environmental non-profits). But it’s a not-uncommon experience for flight attendants, camera crews, photographers and others to be on the receiving end of a similarly surly encounter.

Postmedia reporter (and frequent Suzuki critic) Licia Corbella has made it as a point to compile a few of the best examples that readers have sent her over the years, including a member of a TV crew that said Suzuki opted to take a limousine to a shoot rather than ride in the crew van with them. (Corbella herself was hit with a “f— off” in the late 1980s after approaching Suzuki for an interview at a music festival.)

Owning a multi-million dollar international real estate portfolio

Owning multiple properties is not unusual for a Canadian public figure whose speeches typically pull in between $30,000 and $50,000 a pop. So it’s only notable for Suzuki because he often preaches the virtues of minimalism. At the same event where he said pipelines would be “blown up,” in fact, Suzuki said Canadians should shed imported food from their diets. “We’re a northern country, why the hell are we able to buy fresh tomatoes and lettuce and fresh fruit 12 months a year?” he said.
As of the last count of his Canadian properties , Suzuki has two homes in Vancouver’s tony West End, as well as property on two Strait of Georgia islands accessible only via float plane or diesel-burning ferries. Of his main home in Kitsilano, Suzuki has reported the “ gas stove ” (which is of course fuelled by natural gas pipelines) as his favourite appliance. And in 2017, an article in The Guardian revealed that Suzuki owns a home in Port Douglas, Australia , roughly a 21-hour one-way flight from Vancouver.


 
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He is sort of right about economists. Or at least the kind he listens to. A real economist would log, put the money into the bank, and replant so as to have a new crop down the road.
 

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Suzuki sucks and is not an "expert" climatologist. He's a geologist who thinks he's more important and smarter than everyone else. Not unlike Fauci is with Covid. In other words, they've gotten too big for their britches LOL!! True tho'
 
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Suzuki sucks and is not an "expert" climatologist. He's a geologist who thinks he's more important and smarter than everyone else. Not unlike Fauci is with Covid. In other words, they've gotten too big for their britches LOL!! True tho'
I thought Suzuki was a Geneticist or maybe a Zoologist? Didn’t he make his name early breeding fruit flies or something like that before the CBC adopted him?
 
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I thought Suzuki was a Geneticist or maybe a Zoologist? Didn’t he make his name early breeding fruit flies or something like that before the CBC adopted him?
He must have been chemically literate as his LSD rocked .
 
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Suzuki sucks and is not an "expert" climatologist. He's a geologist who thinks he's more important and smarter than everyone else. Not unlike Fauci is with Covid. In other words, they've gotten too big for their britches LOL!! True tho'

Wow, you REALLY went overboard ignorant on this one!

Big difference between Suzuki's "Geologist" and Fauci's "Virologist" is that Fauci's job IS to be an expert on Covid, because it is a virus.

Seriously, WTF, you CANNOT compare the two.
 
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Wow, you REALLY went overboard ignorant on this one!

Big difference between Suzuki's "Geologist" and Fauci's "Virologist" is that Fauci's job IS to be an expert on Covid, because it is a virus.

Seriously, WTF, you CANNOT compare the two.
K, first, Suzuki's Ph.D. is in zoology.

Second, ya can't fix stupid, and Dix is convinced that a doctor and immunologist who has worked on public health and disease response is less qualified than some asshole selling veterinary medicines on YouTube.
 

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Wow, you REALLY went overboard ignorant on this one!

Big difference between Suzuki's "Geologist" and Fauci's "Virologist" is that Fauci's job IS to be an expert on Covid, because it is a virus.

Seriously, WTF, you CANNOT compare the two.
I would like to be an expert that gets the big bucks for being wrong . Remember masks are ineffective ? Fauchi said that .
Remember double masks are recommended ? Fauchi also said that .
 

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K, first, Suzuki's Ph.D. is in zoology.

Second, ya can't fix stupid, and Dix is convinced that a doctor and immunologist who has worked on public health and disease response is less qualified than some asshole selling veterinary medicines on YouTube.
How was that doctors response to aids ? Many said it was a cluster f--k . He has been sitting in the same chair since , maybe it is time for another expert to take over .
 
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K, first, Suzuki's Ph.D. is in zoology.

Yeah I know, but was quoting Dix; correcting the geologist to zoologist would'a confused them. ;)

Second, ya can't fix stupid, and Dix is convinced that a doctor and immunologist who has worked on public health and disease response is less qualified than some asshole selling veterinary medicines on YouTube.

No, you can't. But this was a touch extra special stupid so...
 
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K, first, Suzuki's Ph.D. is in zoology.

Second, ya can't fix stupid, and Dix is convinced that a doctor and immunologist who has worked on public health and disease response is less qualified than some asshole selling veterinary medicines on YouTube.
At least the asshole is selling medicine . Unlike Fauchi who says what he is paid to.
 

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I thought Suzuki was a Geneticist or maybe a Zoologist? Didn’t he make his name early breeding fruit flies or something like that before the CBC adopted him?
Oh, you could be right! I always thought he was a geologist but he could be a geneticist - both start with "g" :ROFLMAO: At any rate, he still isn't a climatologist.
 

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K, first, Suzuki's Ph.D. is in zoology.

Second, ya can't fix stupid, and Dix is convinced that a doctor and immunologist who has worked on public health and disease response is less qualified than some asshole selling veterinary medicines on YouTube.
LOL - yup, that's me :ROFLMAO:
 
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Oh, you could be right! I always thought he was a geologist but he could be a geneticist - both start with "g" :ROFLMAO: At any rate, he still isn't a climatologist.
Geologists are a valuable commodity in B.C.’s mining sector . David Suzuki not so much .
 
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