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Environmental activist David Suzuki faces severe backlash for his “warning”

November 2021

Environmental activist David Suzuki’s recent statement on Victoria, B.C. television station CHEK, where he stated that “there are going to be pipelines blown up if our leaders don’t pay attention to what’s going on” with climate change, has been roundly condemned as a “dog whistle” to his fellow radical activists, with many expressing concern that his comments could incite acts of violence.

Besides the obvious that Suzuki is completely out of order by making such a statement, even if he means it metaphorically, does he realize the pipelines he proposes to “blow up” contain oil and natural gas? The main complaint that environmental activists make regarding pipelines is that a leak will have catastrophic consequences for our environment, but what does Suzuki think will happen if a fully-loaded pipeline is blown up? What Suzuki is advocating will cause the kind of environmental damage that modern pipelines are designed to guard against. Pipeline leaks are very rare, despite what environmental activists will lead you to believe.

Pipelines have been the safest and most environmentally responsible way to transport fossil-fuels for decades.

Sources: David Suzuki doesn’t regret pipeline remark, says it’s ‘absurd’ people think he’s inciting violence (cheknews.ca), GOLDSTEIN: Suzuki predicts ‘blown up’ pipelines | Toronto Sun.

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Bruce Forsyth

Bruce Forsyth served in the Royal Canadian Navy Reserve for 13 years (1987-2000). He served with units in Toronto, Hamilton & Windsor and worked or trained at CFB Esquimalt, CFB Halifax, CFB Petawawa, CFB Kingston, CFB Toronto, Camp Borden, The Burwash Training Area and LFCA Training Centre Meaford.

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