David Suzuki: the Climate Industry’s Old Man of the Mountain

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No less interesting, the great Canadian redeemer has no compunction against soliciting funds from children. His Foundation appeals for help from the toddlers of the world, letting it be known that “Santa Claus is in trouble! Due to climate change, the North Pole is not safe enough for his elves to make the millions of toys he delivers to nice boys and girls.” Kids and parents are exhorted to “purchase a gift to help Santa and the elves temporarily relocate their workshop elsewhere in Canada” (sofii.org). As radio/TV personality and newspaper columnist Rex Murphy comments, “there’s something of an all-points bulletin,” and, without leveling charges of immorality, concludes that “Scaring kids and guilting parents is monumentally tacky” (FullComment, December 3, 2011). It is certainly that, and possibly more than that.

Does Suzuki really believe what he preaches? After all, he did buy carbon credits to run his supersized, emission-belching tour bus—though, according to reports, it carried only eight people (The London Fog, February 23, 2007, etc.). And seeking to avoid media embarrassment, his Foundation released a statement to the effect that “the carbon emissions associated with the tour are offset through its investments in sustainable energy projects, such as wind farms, solar installations, or energy efficiency projects” (Canadian Press, January 29, 2007). The reasoning is circular and smacks of self-justification. Producing what you condemn in order to condemn what you produce seems distinctly disingenuous. Nor does Suzuki seem at all fazed by his predictive incompetence or his cavalier attitude towards unassimilable facts.

Ultimately, only Suzuki really knows whether his convictions are genuine or not, which is no consolation for the rest of us. Perhaps we can take some comfort from the fact that he has just stepped down from his Foundation’s board of directors “over fears that his political views could put its charitable status at risk” (National Post, March 14, 2012). It seems that Suzuki may have been right about one thing at least; the National Post reports that his Foundation “may soon be probed for alleged violations” (April 25, 2012).

Nonetheless, whatever decision may be rendered by the Canada Revenue Agency, it is becoming increasingly difficult not to regard David Suzuki, formerly a fruit fly geneticist, as the Fu Manchu of the environmental movement. Or perhaps as the reincarnation of Rashid ad-Din Sinan, aka the Old Man of the Mountain, fundamentalist leader of the infamous 12th century Hashshashim sect. Immured in his high castle and convinced he was carrying out a sacred mission, the “elder of the mountain,” wrote Marco Polo in his Travels, enchanted his minions with “a certain potion” and proceeded to sow havoc among the people. Suzuki’s ideological potion has certainly been effective among the flock of true believers while the leader himself retains his Teflon immunity in academia and the compliant media, in particular the left-leaning and tax-funded CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation). Like his medieval precursor, Suzuki, whose dogmatism resists the influx of fresh data and operates selectively to keep his hobbyhorse rocking, remains safely ensconced among his retinue in his fortress of debatable and self-infatuated rectitude.

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  • Ken

    Another environmental huckster gaming the system to profit from it!! Calling Mr. Gore!!

  • Silver Scumbag

    It is sad that a Canadian must go to an American web site for real news about Canada. Four months ago an American website revealed that Canadian banks received over a $100 billion in assistance ( ie, welfare, ie, bailout) money.

    In Canada, especially in British Columbia, ie, Suzukiland, you cannot say these things in polite company. People will think you are a far right wacko. The reality is that Canada is a far left wacko morally corrupt place.

    Quebec is far worse of course. What a govt should do: roads, education, hospitals, are a disaster.

    in the 1980s, Suzuki was screaming about " acid rain". He blamed this on the Americans and accused the then Conservative Prime Minister, Mulroney of being in bed with the Americans.

    ALL FRAUD. Suzuki most likely obtained grants to study this and his show " The Nature of Things" on the "American Israel hating and muslim loving" CBC did well.

    Suzuki is the pied piper for the Left. I have heard him say that the National Post, our only non lib wacko paper, is not to be believed. Very popular amongst teachers and Union jobs.

    Now it is "climate change" due to environmental pollution.

    Slowly Canadians are waking up to Modern Liberalism but it is too late.

    The country is more Asian than ever before. At times I do not know where I am.

    Very high taxes, high penalties, high cost of homes, high employer taxes, high property taxes, a young muslim population and an older white population. Time to leave. Once a great country.

    • diann

      to Silver Scumbag – just watch Sun News, or read anything in the Sun news chain… the news is there… just get off the CBC sites and go find it. It's not too late for Canada – change your thinking and fight for our country. I'm curious to know where you think you could go to find better…

      • Silver Scumbag

        I am not sure exactly where but I am not your typical canuck.

        I am the CFO of a junior mining company. I am thinking of selling all my assets and shares and cars and splitting with my young family to the Carribean. Purchase land take my silver and gold with me and I am off the grid.

        I have been planning this for a long time.

        The roads in Montreal are awful. Housing is not affordable given the low salaries here. Long winters but apart from that the Quebec govt treats us as if we are all criminals. Tired. Time to go.

        My advice to you is to buy silver, buy gold, learn Spanish and Portuguese and plan to leave. Everyone I know is doing that. I have no desire to make my family be responsible for all the welfare and govt debt.

        Bye time to go.

    • Drew

      Go where? Everyplace else is in worse straits.

  • koran kid

    A former fruit fly geneticist! Just dropped in at the perfect moment! There is something Zen in that literary technique that makes me giggle with happiness. What does the author call it? There is also something so crazy in all of this, so preposterous, and just when we are expecting him to have a past that explains it all, like, Suzuki, the former street sweeper, or Suzuki, the former librarian, or Suzuki, the former accountant called John, we get this! As for Gore, we were only a hairs breadth away from, Gore, the former President of America, and that thought is truly terrifying, and really not funny at all. So do I laugh out loud, or titter politely, when it is Barry, President of America, for the second term, then head for the mountains, change my name to Suzuki Junior, and get into meditation? And if I was to describe myself as a former rhino conservationist, would that complete the picture?

  • Abisja

    The Pair Motorbike and Gore are missing the most extreme changes coursed by the "hole" in the Antarctic Ozone; blindness among deer and fish is just a minor effect; empty sculls as found in some humans are far worst. Visit "Real Climate" and "Friends of Science" if you are interested in what is really going on in the earth's climatology.

  • tarleton

    Suzuki is a typical environmentalist…….a secular quasi pagan with a romantic nature fettish

  • Spider

    Perhaps David Suzuki will create an army of Al Gore robots to descend on Washington and in the Rodney Dangerfield schtick will repeat over and over again "Hey, I can't get no Respect!" until Congress capitiulates and passes draconian laws outlawing all oil and gas production and then we can go back to living in caves with stone tools. Now that's what I call Hope and Change!

  • Crossbow87

    Thank goodness we're starting to homeschool our children. I refuse to let public school teachers indoctrinate my kids with environmental fairy tales. Good article as well.

  • ray czar

    We have just finished home schooling our last of four kids. We started
    less than 30 yrs ago with our oldest boy. We were able to do and end
    run around all the lies, not only from our education system,& media, but also
    our culture. Its the liberal bully culture we are fighting.

    Their idealogy is a mindless crutch. They live in a fairy tale world of delusion.
    You can't have a civil discussion and lay out both sides to and issue.
    Their mindset controls most of the major media, which is not fair and balanced!

    Lets call them what they are "media bullies" who point the finger of racism, & intolerance
    at everyone, when they practice what they accuse others of doing. Their idea of
    "critical thinking" in the final analysis, is for you to agree with them.

    Call them what they are, bullies who indoctrinate not educate.

    Home school your own kids or put them in private school, or public school, but
    stay close to them, talk to them, don't let our culture take them down the road of delusion.

    ray czar

  • Ronald Johnston

    All these global warming huchsters need to be deported along with Ann
    Coulters establishment politicians which includes our whole government. We need to unelect them to get rid of all the idiots who are destroying our country!!!!

    • Silver Scumbag

      If you mean the lifetime members in the US congress and senate I agree with you. Espesh the Orrin Hatches and the others in the Dem party and Boynee Sawnders from Vermont frothing at the mouth re: child pawvirtee.

      He has several good points but the good people of the USA have to wake up and realize that the Fed and North East bank establishments are the cause of their misery.

      Relative to the price of a gallon of oil, the US dollare has lost 75% of its power since 1995!.

  • robins111

    I propose that we let these hucksters have a real vocation. Around this time of year, the polar bear migration in and around Churchill Manitoba is in full swing.. They definitely need to be counted. Lets drop them about 50 miles north of there to do an accurate count. There probably will be lots of fat bears trooping through in a short while after this..

  • Oleg

    One thing that the author neglected to mention is how "Motorcycle" Dave Suzuki also plays the "Race" card every chance he gets whenever he gets buttonholed about his conduct. Sometimes he even recollects his brief stay in an internment camp in the British Columbia interior during the war. After he stated why he resigned from the board of his eponomously named bogus charity he moaned that he was forced to thanks to Sun News, and stated that he believed we had free speach in this country, Well Dave, yes we do, but you can't act as the spokesman for a charitible organization and then appear in a partisan campaign commercial. You also cannot register as a charity but operate as a for profit lobying firm with 15 paid lobbiests on your staff pedaling your services to anyone, foreign and domestic, with a big enough chequebook. Such a hustler, and that is what he is, a "HUSTLER" would never get away with half of what he does in his ancesteral homeland of his ancestors, they would view this man for what he is, a charlatan, not a secular quasi holyman of the far east.

  • effemall

    Solway asked, "Does he really believe this stuff?" Does the Pope believe in God? Do the presidents of tobacco companies believe that cigarettes do no harm? When you have a cash cow you start to believe whatever it is that works for you. Suzuki might have actually started honestly and sanely and then he ballooned. Suckers who'll be buying Facebook stock delude themselves into belief. There was mention of The Man of the Mountain. Coincidentally, I will be recording Ol' Mack, the Mountain Man in Mephistopheles who is really behind a lot of these believers and scoundrels: