Sunday, September 25, 2016

Gormley: Next time fly past us, David Suzuki

Mr. Suzuki is certainly entitled to his esteemed opinion but to jail those who disagree is dictatorial. Thomas

Genesis 8:22 : While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.

John Gormley, Saskatoon StarPhoenix
    Much is made of Dr. David Suzuki, the science broadcaster turned environmental activist, and his houses — their price, size, location and number. I couldn’t care less.
     The guy has made millions at taxpayer’s expense through a lifetime on the CBC payroll where he is worshipped. Dozens of public appearances net him speaking fees in excess of $25,000 a gig.
Suzuki is free to live where and how he pleases. But the reason his lifestyle gets such scrutiny is that he’s got plenty of advice on how everyone else should live.
   He jets in from B.C. to lecture us on carbon footprints, sustainability, the scourge of consumerism and depletion of the planet’s resources. There isn’t much Suzuki won’t tell you not to do.
   Predictably, when someone hectors others on how to live, people generally look back at the person doing the lecturing; hence the questions on houses, wealth, jet travel and lifestyle.
   The latest leg on Suzuki’s perennial Western Canadian insult tour came when he stopped this week in Saskatchewan for a book festival and then a couple of days of appearances.
   Calling Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall a “climate denier,” Suzuki replayed his tired shtick that 80 per cent of all oil should be left in the ground and that the planet is heating to the point that human extinction looms.
   Wall had best be careful, as Suzuki recently again demanded that public leaders who don’t agree with him on climate change should be “thrown into jail.”...

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