By TOM BRODBECK
Political activist David Suzuki — on a cross-country tour urging Canadians and politicians to drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions — may want to look in his own backyard before lecturing Canadians on how they’re destroying the Earth.
With all the alternative-energy modes of transportation out there, Suzuki and his entourage are crossing Canada in a sprawling, “rock-star-style” diesel-burning tour bus, emitting more greenhouse gases during his 30-day tour than many of us do in a year.
That’s right. Mr. Kyoto isn’t so green after all.
“It’s diesel,” Jason Curan, a media staff member on the Suzuki tour told Sun Media yesterday. “It’s a tour bus — kind of like a rock-star tour bus.”
You know, one of those big-ass, diesel-guzzling, carbon-spewing beasts?
Suzuki seems confused about how pollution actually works. He claims that his trip across Canada in a diesel bus is carbon neutral, because he is going to buy carbon credits. You can buy all the carbon credits you want David. The fact is you chose to travel in an emission spewing bus and that pollution ended up in Canada. Carbon credits are nothing more than an accounting system for polluters. The wind farms are a perfect example. The companies building the wind farms are building them for the carbon credits to put against their fossil fuel businesses. Polluting the same or more, but on paper they look like good corporate citizens.
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“The David Suzuki Foundation also received donations from EnCana Corporation, a world leader in natural gas production and oil sands development, ATCO Gas, Alberta’s principle distributor of natural gas, and a number of pension funds including the OPG (Ontario Power Generation) Employees’ and Pensioners’ Charity Trust. OPG is one of the largest suppliers of electricity in the world operating 5 fossil fuel-burning generation plants and 3 nuclear plants… which begs the question – is Suzuki now pro-nuclear power?” Institute for Canadian Values