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David Suzuki, Earth Martyr

Being an environmentalist means never having to say you’re sorry.

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Janice Fiamengo

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January 1, 2014 - 10:09 pm
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Things haven’t gone well for David Suzuki recently. Suzuki is the long-time host of CBC Television’s popular The Nature of Things, leader of the Canadian environmental movement, and founder of a deep-pocketed philanthropic organization called the David Suzuki Foundation (which raises money by, among other things, warning children at Christmas that unless their parents donate, Santa’s workshop will sink into a melting North Pole). In 2011, he was named by a Reader’s Digest poll the “most trusted” Canadian. Lately, however, Suzuki has found himself on the defensive, reduced to ad hominen attacks in an attempt to camouflage what critics have been saying for years: that he has inadequate knowledge of the climate science about which he has spent many years pontificating and from which he has made a sizable personal profit.

Observers of Suzuki’s career have been crying foul for some time. David Solway has written numerous articles and a book, Global Warning, wittily exposing Suzuki’s record of faulty prediction and messianic failure. In a 2012 article for FrontPage Magazine, for example, he highlighted Suzuki’s dubious financial backers (which include corporations that invest in China), recent allegations of under-reporting of foreign funding, and engagement in political advocacy inconsistent with tax-free charitable status — conduct that, when brought to light in 2012, led Suzuki to step down as head of the foundation that still bears his star-quality name.

Sun News host Ezra Levant has produced a series of news shows lambasting Suzuki’s manifest hypocrisy. Typical of Levant’s attack strategy was a recent Toronto Sun newspaper piece called “The Two Suzukis,” in which Levant repeatedly counterpointed the public figure Suzuki has created — the “Saint Suzuki” who lectures Canadians on limiting their environmental footprint by reducing consumption (see here, for example) — with the “Secret Suzuki” few people know, the multi-millionaire capitalist who owns various energy-guzzling large properties, jets around to fundraising and media appearances, and demands lavish fees ($30,000 on average) for speaking engagements. This aging counterculture activist who once compared human beings to maggots and who spoke to encourage a particularly pointless “Occupy Vancouver” group in 2011 turns out to be — well, a comfortable member of the 1%.

But matters got a lot worse for Suzuki recently. On a jaunt to Australia to discuss his major subject — climate change and the need for drastic measures to combat it — Suzuki engaged in some uncharacteristically unscripted discussion, with disastrous results. Normally he is careful to vet questions from his audiences, and one can see why. In front of a group that failed to be awed by Suzuki’s demigod status, Suzuki floundered and looked foolish. In response to a question about the documented absence of climate warming over the past fifteen years — the major question any climate authority must be prepared to answer — Suzuki resorted to the typical strategies of radical environmentalism: flat-out fabrication (“… the warming continues!”) and counterattack claiming that data debunking the warming hypothesis comes from tainted sources (“… there may be a climate skeptic down in Huntsville, Alabama …”). The problem, however, was that the data being cited actually came from the major data-gathering stations relied upon by the UN’s own International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which anyone who had devoted a decade to preventing “catastrophic warming” should have known. In other questioning, Suzuki was similarly off-balance and outrageous, reiterating his claim, for example, that climate-skeptic politicians should face criminal sanctions. The Australian debacle was a startling revelation that the environmentalist guru does not understand the basic elements of the science upon which he has made his reputation.

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Great article. Thank you for exposing this poser and charlatan. You neglected to mention a couple of things about Suzuki that are important to the points you're making.

First, Suzuki's foundation runs the radical eco-warrior web site www.desmogblog.com. You'll never find a more wretched hive of villainy and progressive propaganda. Right now, they're silly with fracking alarmism, and they hypocritically lament the railroad oil tanker explosion in N. Dakota as they self-righteously demonize the Keystone XL pipeline which would take much oil out of more dangerous rail travel.

Second, I think people should have a link to see Suzuki's embarrassment for themselves. It came during an Australian show aimed at promoting his views, but which allowed the audience to ask questions. Suzuki didn't understand any of the names or acronym of the major climate datasets that document the worlds temperatures. This isn't unusual for a lay person. But it's unthinkable and unforgivable for someone who seeks to lead the political debate and who claims to be a scientist informed by the state of the latest scientific publications. The video shows Suzuki as having been brainwashed by alarmism, himself, and his arguments informed mostly by fallacious appeals to the authority, and that authority resides in a group of so-called scientists who advance alarmist propaganda, and who in the Climategate e-mails refer to themselves as "the team." The video is here:
http://www.abc.net.au/tv/qanda/txt/s3841115.htm

Of course, David Suziki's scientific reputation IS being destroyed by his current behavior, just as his fellow alarmist, Paul Erlich's has been for the past 50 years. The problem is, our society is slowly being brainwashed into fear by the public school system and by pop culture. These mens' memetic warnings are being inculcated into children, and have been for years.

If we want Suzuki and Erlich to be seen publicly as the propagandists they are, we need to push for an end to teachers unions, and promote educational vouchers that expand the views taught to children. We need to elect local school boards that don't promote alarmist eco-radicalism as science, and who value the teaching actual science instead. To see how the school issue plays out, I invite the readers to follow the Douglas County, Colorado school board elections.
37 weeks ago
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It's really tough to handle this simple stuff when you are a "high priest" of a religion and the questions about your religion are so - well - spot on.
37 weeks ago
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From the link above:

http://www.torontosun.com/2013/09/27/down-under-blunder-david-suzuki-unmasked-as-a-know-nothing-huckster-on-australian-tv

"On everything from fracking to immigration, he shrugged at best, and made personal attacks at worst. He suggested the Canadian government was out to throw environmentalists in prison — the same government that has given him a TV show for 40 years.
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That is just great stuff. One more bloviating idiot drawn out into the open. I wonder how he ever got his PHD. Maybe Canada promotes based on race like we've been doing here for oh-so-long? Looks like those programs are beginning to pay off. It sure has worked wonders for the USA - we have the first affirmative action president and gee! Its working out great!

Its obvious from watching Suzuki spewing his AGW BS on tv he's reading from a teleprompter like O'Zero does. That much has been obvious to me for many years. What I didn't know is he is no scholar of all that he brays about.

And I thought he wrote the drivel he spouts off about.

Did colleges hand out teleprompters to all the affirmative action graduates? I mean you wouldn't want them to go off on their good deeds crusades unable to speak would you?

And how can you call him a martyr? Aren't they supposed to be dead to gain the notoriety?

I'm waiting.........



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[Hi PJ. Spotted the following piece while webbing away.]

Gore's Global Warming Secret

You'll never guess what initially inspired Al Gore's "temperature" mania - the one that's raised our tempers.
Well, Gore is from Tennessee where you can hear Bible belt preachers warning about "Hell fire" in the next life.
And Gore, concerned about this life, is surrounded by those who also know about the prediction in Revelation (chapter 16) of the coming time when a change in the sun will result in humans being "scorched with great heat"!
It wouldn't be convenient if folks were to discover that Gore, a liberal, was influenced by the handbook closely associated with Christian fundamentalists!
If Tennessee fundy preachers could look at the same predictions-packed apocalyptic book and stretch forward in time some future events, Gore could surely do the same thing and stretch forward the "great heat" and turn it into cold cash.
All of us are well aware of the incredible influence that the Gore-orrhea plague has had on the whole world including the White House!
But Gore's overlooked another Bible verse which says that "there is nothing hid that shall not be revealed."
The real "inconvenient truth" is that the SS Al Gore is now stuck in ice - and what we need is a Gorebreaker!
36 weeks ago
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Isn't he also the one who recently suggested that the entire west coast would have to be evacuated due to Fukushima?
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If environmentalists actually wanted change (other than the fascist world state they preach) then they would police their own ranks and get rid of all the profiteers and charlatans themselves. The fact that they tolerate such grifters as Mann and Suzuki and Gore and even consider them leaders, well, that tells us everything we need to know, doesn't it? If you lemming up behind con artists, don't expect me to buy your armageddon pie.
37 weeks ago
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I'm not sure they're all con artists. Seems to me most of them start out *trying* to do something good. Some of them "go big" - like Gore and Suzuki. They use a showbiz approach to get the message out and win over converts. That can work, but it can also turn a Cause into an Industry. I think at some point the Industry takes over. The messenger becomes more important than the message.
37 weeks ago
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And if they actually lived their crap, like they want everyone else to do, they would have a modicum of honor. But they don't.
36 weeks ago
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Sadly this pursuit of "profit" and statist advantage is both predictable and ubiquitous. Your intellectually honest environmentalist is already dead of exposure and starvation.
37 weeks ago
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So, he's basically the Canadian Al Gore.
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I think he's bigger than Big Al. His Wikipedia entry depicts him as practically a Canadian saint.

He's been showered with honors, titles, awards - not just for his popular-science and environmentalism efforts, but for being a human rights advocate, humanitarian, and all-round wonderful person. He was voted the most popular living Canadian a few years back, and the fifth most popular Canadian of all time.
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"...he's bigger than Big Al...he was voted the most popular living Canadian a few years back"

Most popular living....CANADIAN?

No wonder I never heard of him until today!
37 weeks ago
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Most of us Canadians wish we hadn't heard of this "saint" as well. He actually makes Al Gore look smart.
36 weeks ago
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"the environmentalist guru does not understand the basic elements of the science upon which he has made his reputation"

Indeed, this is a common trait among The Left. It applies nearly universally to all who TALK, instead of DO, within in any particular field...

Seriously...we expect a more rational, workable plan for "economics" " from those who's career is made TALKING about it, rather than those who participate in it?

The "History Professor" who's never carried a rifle, who's never KNOWN anyone who carried a rifle, in any of the significant geo-political evens in our world...of which they have now become self-appointed experts in...THIS is who shall lay accurate designation of Hero, Villian, Despot and Savior?

We may as well expect Joun-o-list members to be "reporters" then, shant we?



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Americans have no room to gloat. For the past twenty years rich preppy boy Gore a half educated drop out from Baptist ministry school has declared himself the pope of ecologists everywhere. Gore has no record of having taken a real science course in his Harvard soft ball degree; it was journalism. Yet thousands of Americans bow down and pray to his rather corpulent image whenever they start talking about so called global warming. Gore has managed to convince millions that his half witted ramblings are worth studying. I remember seeing a video of a press conference where Gore was talk about global warming when an Irish journalist asked him an embarrassing question and one nod from Gore and armed gestapo like guards were carrying said journalist from the room. What an evil bunch of buffoons who are the stars of the ecology movement; they should be ashamed.
37 weeks ago
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I don't think people love Al Gore the way they love David Suzuki. Let's face it: Gore is a rather pompous, unpleasant character. Suzuki is cute 'n' cuddly.
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Mr. Suzuki is just another member of the do as I say crowd up here in the frozen north. Sadly too many people take him seriously. In Winnipeg they are really enjoying that global warming bullsh*t at minus 53 degrees these days. Apparently it's warmer on Mars. Good place for his ilk. I'd be willing to contribute $10 towards his ticket.
37 weeks ago
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He's a zoologist.
37 weeks ago
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Yes. He studied the genetics of fruit flies. He also wrote a text (for undergrads) on genetics. I have the text ("an introduction to genetic analysis"), that was when he was a scientist (now, he's pretty much left the profession).
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Another hilarious item (in terms of Suzuki's idiocy) is Ezra Levant's devastating critique of Suzuki's love affair with the nation of Bhutan. Yeah, that dictatorial "paradise" filled with impoverished illiterates. Presumably, Suzuki wants Canada to emulate Bhutan -- one of the world's most impoverished states...As Ezra has noted, Suzuki has abandoned science and now embraces the pseudo-mystical world of pagan earth worship.
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