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Petitions call for Suzuki sanctions, fundraising boycott

“There are going to be pipelines blown up if our leaders don’t pay attention to what’s going on,” vowed the 85-year-old activist.

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There are now dueling petitions circulating demanding action against eco-activist David Suzuki for saying if governments don’t take drastic action on climate change, pipelines would be blown up.

At an Extinction Rebellion event in Victoria, BC in November Suzuki crossed the line between peaceful activism and extremism, opponents say.

“There are going to be pipelines blown up if our leaders don’t pay attention to what’s going on,” vowed the 85-year-old activist.

Now the Alberta Proud group has started a petition to have the University of Alberta revoke an honorary degree it gave to Suzuki in 2018.

“The implication of the use of terrorism to achieve political goals should be considered unthinkable in Canada, or any civilized country,” the Alberta Proud petition reads.

“In 2018, the University of Alberta gave Suzuki an honourary degree. This was a bad idea at the time, given his decades of hostility preaching against the industry that provides so much prosperity to Alberta — and all of Canada — and employs thousands of U of A alumni.

“This should be the last straw. Let’s send a message to the U of A: take a stand against threats of violence & environmental extremism, and revoke David Suzuki’s honourary degree.”

The online petition already has close to 1,300 signatures.

The Canadian Energy Centre (CEC) is taking a different tact with its petition — they are going after donors to the David Suzuki Foundation, which raised $13 million in 2020 alone.

“David Suzuki has refused to denounce extremists and used dangerous rhetoric about blowing up pipelines. But the David Suzuki Foundation keeps raking in millions from big companies and foundations,” reads the CEC petition.

“The other day Suzuki crossed a dangerous line and only apologized after a public backlash. But he didn’t apologize for or condemn the group he was speaking to who said that world leaders could be killed due to inaction on climate.

“Their donors are supporting David Suzuki, his extreme agenda and his dangerous rhetoric. Let’s tell them that supporting David Suzuki is not acceptable. It’s clear that he won’t stand up to the extreme elements in the environmental movement.

“You can help by sending the biggest donors a letter demanding they stop donating to the David Suzuki Foundation.

“Activists like David Suzuki only listen to the people who write their cheques. By putting pressure on donors activists will think twice before condoning violence. These companies and foundations need to divest from Suzuki.”

The CEC petition has 3,000 signatures as of publishing.

Suzuki has a long history of environmental hypocrisy, as Western Standard columnist Barbara Kay pointed out this week.

Suzuki has multiple lavish homes, including one in Australia, which he visits regularly with his five children.

Kay notes the David Suzuki Foundation has a dozen registered lobbyists in Ottawa and another eight in B.C.

The foundation takes funding from fossil fuel companies like ATCO and the pension fund of Ontario Power Generation, which has operated both coal-and-gas-fired plants.

His family is of Asian provenance, but he has complained of immigration from Asian and African countries. Suzuki once claimed “up to 90% of cancer is caused by environmental factors,” when in fact it is more like between four and 19%, according to the National Cancer Institute.

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  1. Clash

    December 4, 2021 at 11:12 am

    Why is Suzuki not being charged with “Inciting Violence”? He is clearly promoting the destruction of valuable equipment and resources that could cause environmental disasters and massive oil spills and even death! I challenge anybody to go into any crowded restaurant, bar, shopping mall and shout out “BLOW UP THE PIPELINES!” and see if they don’t get arrested.
    I think Suzuki should be put into “SOLITARY CONFINEMENT” to protect him from the “COVID” Virus! How would the world ever survive without his endless wisdom!! And his Foundation is not a CHARITY, Tax Him!

  2. Left Coast

    December 4, 2021 at 9:51 am

    I anyone deserved to be “CANCELLED” it is this fruit-fly nut-bar Suzuki!

    Canada’s CBC anti-science Guru should have been put out to pasture decades ago . . . he has contributed NOTHING to the country since his hippy days when he was sitting on a curb on 4th Avenue in Vancouver complaining about all the maggots that inhabited the earth.

    Turned out he was talking about himself . . .

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Energy report tells feds to incentivize moves away from oil

The IEA calls for the Canadian government to creating transparent changes to the oil and gas industry but incentivizing technology changes and creating emergency oil stocks.

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A new report says Canada should further invest in clean in electricity and that our country is already among the cleanest energy production in the world.

The International Energy Analysis (IEA) came out with a report outlining recommendations for Canada’s energy future, including balanced decarbonization across the country.

That means higher coordination between federal, provincial and territorial levels to set clear targets for energy efficiency in buildings, transport and industry sectors.

The IEA calls for the Canadian government to create transparent changes to the oil and gas industry but incentivizing technology changes and creating emergency oil stocks.

Canada’s electricity system is one of the cleanest globally according to the IEA report, as 80% of supply is from non-emitting sources such as hydropower and nuclear power.

“Canada’s wealth of clean electricity and its innovative spirit can help drive a secure and affordable transformation of its energy system and help realize its ambitious goals,” said IEA Executive Director Fatih Birol.

“Equally important, Canada’s efforts to reduce emissions — of both carbon dioxide and methane — from its oil and gas production can help ensure its continued place as a reliable supplier of energy to the world.”

The report follows Environmental Minister Steven Guildbeault’s announcement for Canada to be ready to eliminate fossil fuels in 18 months, with zero-emission cars and stricter methane regulations.

Conservative leader Erin O’Toole expressed concern on Twitter with the zero emission plans, calling attention to the need to invest in the oil sector rather than turn away from it.

Energy makes up over 10% of Canada’s GDP, being a major source of capital investment, export revenue and jobs, making the net-zero goals both a challenge and opportunity.

Since the last IEA review in 2015, Canada has made international and domestic commitments dedicated to transforming the energy sector, including a target to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 40‑45% by 2030.

Canada is also a part of the United Nations zero-emission 2050 target that involves over 130 countries worldwide.

Ewa Sudyk is a reporter with the Western Standard.
esudyk@westernstandardonline.com

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O’Toole mocks Guilbeault’s two-year fossil fuel plan

Full implementation of this ethanol use would create a 60% increase in heating a home, according to the advocacy group Canadians for Affordable Energy.

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The federal cabinet is planning to phase out the use of fossil fuels in the next 18 months, but didn’t mention how much Canadians rely on fossil fuels and what costs this initiative entails.

According to Blacklock’s Reporter, Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault said in the next two years Canadians should also see more stringent methane regulations and zero-emission vehicle standards.

Conservative leader Erin O’Toole was opposed to the proposition, and highlighted the need for using Canada’s fossil fuel industry and supporting those who work in it.

“Canada is a cold country. We need fossil fuels, natural gas, to heat our homes,” said O’Toole in a video standing in front of a freezing cold House of Commons.

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“Someone so disconnected from reality that he’s making policy that will hurt our country. Division and absolute disconnect from reality.”

Guilbeault stressed the need for faster action on environmental initiatives by the Liberal government.

“I mean, maybe 2024, but that’s the type of time frame we have to work with and it’s going to be tough because on the one hand, some people are going to criticize us for not giving them enough time to be consulted, but the state of climate change is such that we need to learn to do things faster and that’s certainly true of us as a government,” he said.

Guilbeault acknowledged many of his proposed environmental actions will cause significant costs to consumers, but stated the luxury of waiting to make environmental changes is something Canadians don’t have any more.

The Clean Fuel Standard, implemented in 2021, mandated higher use of renewable energy in everyday consumption which includes tripling expensive ethanol content in gasoline and increasing carbon taxes.

Full implementation of the ethanol use would create a 60% increase in heating a home, according to the advocacy group Canadians for Affordable Energy.

Guilbeault complained about regulators taking too long to finalize the Clean Fuel Standard, as the regulation took five years to finalize and implement.

“One of the things I told stakeholders when I was in Toronto recently and then in Calgary, one of the things I told the department as well is we don’t have that luxury anymore,” said Guilbeault.

“We don’t have five years to consult every time we want to introduce a new measure.”

Canada’s two major parties are opposing on the matter.

O’Toole ended his statements on Twitter saying the Conservative party will keep fighting to keep Canadians warm and fossil fuel jobs safe.

Ewa Sudyk is a reporter with the Western Standard
esudyk@westernstandardonline.com

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Energy report says fossil fuel usage set to plunge in Canada

The news was met with glee from Canada’s Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault.

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The use of fossils fuels in Canada is set to drop drastically in the next three decades, says a new report.

The Canada Energy Regulator predicts fossil fuel use will fall by 62% by 2025.

The forecast predicts Canadians will use significantly less gasoline and diesel over coming years, resulting in a 43% decline in the use of refined petroleum products by 2050.

Electricity use could rise by as much 45% as people change over to electric vehicles.

The report predicts wind and solar power will be used to help meet the rise in demand.

The news was met with glee from Canada’s Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault.

“Some welcome news from The Canada Energy Regulator: fossil fuel use will fall by 62% in Canada by 2050. We’re making progress, the work continues!” he tweeted.

The forecast calls for Canadian crude oil production to peak at 5.8 million barrels per day in 2032, and then to decline to reach 4.8 million barrels per day in 2050.

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