David Suzuki’s Brave Old World

If activists like Mr. Suzuki have an identifying trait, it’s the belief that something is true because they say it is. So, by constantly stating that there is a “green economy” out there waiting to be seized on, it becomes fact. Except, economies don’t spring into existence like that. “Green jobs” will appear when someone finds a way to make them pay, without mass government subsidies. The “green economy” beloved by Mr. Suzuki et al consists of artificial, massively-subsidized government programs that will continue exactly as long as the government keeps the money flowing.  Abandoning industries that make a profit and create jobs, in favour of ephemeral replacements dependent on never-ending transfusions of taxpayer cash, is the sort of  impractical surrealistic idealism that has made left-wing economics the irrelevancy it is today.

by Kelly McParland, National Post
David Suzuki has a piece in the Toronto Star about the climate change talks in Cancun.

Here’s the link but you can guess what he has to say: The Conservatives don’t care about global warming; the government’s in bed with the oil industry; Canada is a laughingstock around the world; green jobs are the future of the economy …

It’s all familiar stuff and it would be silly to expect anything different from Mr. Suzuki. But if he’s hoping to get his message to anyone beyond the core of true believers who already take his word as holy scripture, he should probably update some of his arguments.

For instance:

1. The government cares more about the oil industry than about climate change.

When are folks like Mr. Suzuki and the climate industry going to learn that shutting down industries and costing tens of thousands of people their jobs is not viewed by most people as desirable, even in pursuit of a noble goal? Poll most Canadians and the majority will agree that reducing greenhouse gases is a good thing. Ask them if they’d trade their livelihood for it, and their opinion changes. If the Suzuki-ites want to get any traction they have to get realistic: working with the oil industry to dramatically reduce emissions is reasonable and achievable. Suggesting people risk their homes and incomes for it is not.

2. Canada is viewed as a laggard on the world stage, or, in Mr. Suzuki’s words: “Canada’s Jurassic reputation has continued to grow.”

With who? The U.S., which talks a good game about climate change but is far more dependent on dirty old coal for its energy and hasn’t passed any of the carbon-reduction legislation promised by Mr. Obama? China and India, whose climate-change policies consist of demanding exemptions from any programs imposed on the West? Developing countries that see “climate Change” as a big piggy bank to demand reparations from wealthier countries? Just because Canada’s gimmick-addicted coterie of attention-seeking activist groups can’t bring themselves to look beyond their own narrow horizons doesn’t mean the horizons aren’t there.

3. Canadians want Ottawa to act.

True. As long as it doesn’t cost them anything. Mr. Suzuki cites B.C. Premier Gordon Campbell’s imposition of a carbon tax, and Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty’s pledge to phase out coal-generated power. He conveniently ignores the fact Mr. Campbell has been driven from office by voters angry at being hit by the carbon tax and HST, and that Mr. McGuinty, despite seven years in office, has failed to deliver on his coal pledge, regularly pushing it off into the future.  Meanwhile, Mr. McGuinty has committed his government to a host of starry-eyed plans set to boost home energy costs by 45% over the next five years, and will be very lucky to survive next year’s election thanks to his free-spending ways.  As if those examples aren’t enough, Mr. Suzuki might ponder where Canada’s demand for action disappeared to when former Liberal leader Stephane Dion offered them a chance to defeat the government and embrace his “Green Shift” policies, which were everything Mr. Suzuki advocates. If Mr. Suzuki really thinks Canadians back the sort of actions he recommends, perhaps he could put them in policy form and seek election on that basis.  I’m sure Mr. Dion would help — he’s not very busy these days.

4.  The world is moving towards an “emerging green energy economy.”

If activists like Mr. Suzuki have an identifying trait, it’s the belief that something is true because they say it is. So, by constantly stating that there is a “green economy” out there waiting to be seized on, it becomes fact. Except, economies don’t spring into existence like that. “Green jobs” will appear when someone finds a way to make them pay, without mass government subsidies. The “green economy” beloved by Mr. Suzuki et al consists of artificial, massively-subsidized government programs that will continue exactly as long as the government keeps the money flowing.  Abandoning industries that make a profit and create jobs, in favour of ephemeral replacements dependent on never-ending transfusions of taxpayer cash, is the sort of  impractical surrealistic idealism that has made left-wing economics the irrelevancy it is today.

13 thoughts on “David Suzuki’s Brave Old World

  1. “The world is moving towards an “emerging green energy economy.”

    All indications are “the world” (at least outside N-America) has done a 180 on that
    and for good reason!

    I am repeatedly incredulous at the ability of formally trained scientists to forget their
    schooling when dealing with issues outside their own disciplines. Dr. Suzuki had to demonstrate
    an intimate knowledge of the scientific method in order to earn his PhD in Zoology which is the only of his 24 degrees he actually earned. The remaining 23 are honorary.

    There is absolutely NO QUESTION he NEVER applied the scientific method to “green energy”. He has chosen instead to forget his schooling and become a zealot.

    The results are predictable!

    B.B.W.

  2. “Dr. Fly” was a creation of the CBC and has absolutely no other credentials to present as an “expert” on anything other than how fruit flies procreate!

    He is nothing more that an “eco religious zealot” who believe his God is Gaia and that the World is a corrupt and dirty hell hole populated by a virus called MAN!

    When a person calls children “useless eaters” then he should be condemned to anonymity like every other “head case” who spouts off insane ravings in a rather insane world!

  3. Read the “Cloak of Green” and learn about the connections these “greenies’ share.

    They sure have enriched themselves at public expense. Now we are being asked to pay for this phony global warming/climate change nonsense in a multitude of ways.

  4. It seems to me, this David Suzuki character, is a bit of an exibitionist pervert and grade school science teacher without portfolio. Of course, the fact that the David Suzuki Foundation, is a main recipient of armloads of taxpayers cash, green farce funds, from his liberal buds,wouldn`t have anything to do with his rants against all things conservative, would it ? Naaaa. Frigin Idiot !

  5. “The Cloak of Green” is very expensive to buy, as I found out on amazon.ca

    It is available at Toronto Public Library.

  6. David Suzuki is not in need of protection from such comments. However, the writer is, especially if they use their real name.

  7. Quixote has link in Dec.12,10 comments under “How To Produce A Ghost Town” for quite a few pages from “Cloak of Green” that can be read free. There is enough there to learn the connections among some of the “greenies” Suzuki is in this book but you have read quite a few pages til his name appears. Elizabeth May is also in this book.

    If your local library does not have this book they can get it for you via inter-library loan. Just ask your local libarian.

  8. Claire:

    Did you look at the link I provided? The CBC/Atlas Shrugged story? DM is probably closer to the truth than you know. 🙂

    I should not admit this in polite company but I know some of the people you read about. Weird is the operative word… really!

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