Monday, January 29, 2007

David Suzuki gathering material for lobbying efforts

David Suzuki is planning a “If you were Prime Minister” cross-country tour beginning February 1st. The question: What would you do for the environment if you were Prime Minister? His entourage will include other Canadian "celebrities" such as Anne Murray, Sarah Harmer, Rick Mercer and NHL players Andrew Ference and Robyn Regehr. Comrade Suzuki plans to take his findings to Ottawa at the end of the "dialogue."

"People of all stripes are lending their support to the tour because the environment isn't a partisan issue, says Dr. Suzuki. "Issues like global warming not only threaten our environment, but also our economy and even our national identity."
Global cooling, or depletion of the ozone layer, or global warming - the doomsday prophecy currently in vogue - is indeed something to be concerned about, though for rather different reasons than Suzuki would espouse. The hysteria over climate change, and the corresponding assumption that Big Government can do something about it, is currently one of the greatest threats to the overall well-being of citizens worldwide. I'd have more respect for the guy if he planned on walking across the country to deliver his lectures, but needless to say, he'll be traveling in style.
The David Suzuki Foundation is committed to reducing and offsetting its greenhouse gas emissions by going Carbon Neutral. All of the major emissions associated with this tour, as well as from day-to-day Foundation operations (including staff commuting, paper use, electricity consumption, and air travel) are offset through investments in sustainable energy projects, such as wind farms, solar installations, or energy efficiency projects.
As Bono continues to justify his attempts at tax evasion by drawing attention to his efforts at raising awareness while he lobbies governments worldwide to funnel even more money into third world countries that will ultimately end up in the wallets of despots, so this apologist for Stalin is "progressively" demanding the government control the amount of carbon emitted, though he is one of the more profligate contributors.

Though London is not currently on the list of cities scheduled to receive Comrade Suzuki, Londoners will still have a chance to learn how to tread lightly, lest they incur the wrath of the Earth Goddess. On Saturday, February 17, Suzuki will be "Leaving a Small Footprint" at the London Convention Centre, beginning at 1:00pm.

Also appearing at Dust my Broom. Remember to send Fenris all of your Canadian Tire money so he can crusade against intellectual poverty as earnestly as Bono and Comrade Suzuki.

2 comments:

Tacky said...

"The hysteria over climate change, and the corresponding assumption that Big Government can do something about it, is currently one of the greatest threats to the overall well-being of citizens worldwide."

I've seen the "free-market solutions to climate problems" banner flown so many times, but have yet to encounter a cogent argument as to why, exactly, anyone should believe businesses will take any action in opposition to their bottom line. Voluntarily curb emissions if it isn't competitive? In a capitalist economy in which self-interest is the highest principle, oil company execs will die peacefully on their beds of money knowing that they defied the meek liberals cries to spare our planet from catastrophe.

Melting icecaps, collapsing food chains, coastal flooding, feedback cycles--that isn't hysterical speculation, it's good science. I'm dismayed that a contributor to a website that trumpets reason and intellectualy liberty would so snidely dismiss those who see that irresponsible businesses are never going to be self-regulate--that's why the global damages they cause are given the clinical term, "externalities".

Are consumers supposed to, en masse, signal to Chevron their discontent? Well, I'm sure they would, except many of them are so hung up on their right to limitless material wealth and consumer choice, and even more of them are gridlocked into consumption patterns that they can't easily break even if they'd like to.

So please, someone, give me some reason to believe that free market principles are able to address scenarios in which the consequences of current business decisions are exported and delayed. Really, it would make me feel better.

basil said...

In our democratic society the only true vote is your dollar. Canadian "celebrities" such as Anne Murray, Sarah Harmer, Rick Mercer and NHL players Andrew Ference and Robyn Regehr epitomize the excess waste of consumer culture by working within the superstar industries they are a part of. If you want to change the world, change your own lifestyle - the alternative is a totalitarian government which, in all likelihood, will continue to support an elitist jet set who will continue to preach moderation to the rest of us.