DIESEL DAVE

Canadian enviromite David Suzuki – lately observed stomping out of a radio interview after his host expressed mild doubt over global warming – finds himself in a diesel dilemma, as the Winnepeg Sun’s Tom Brodbeck reports:

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?

The kind that emits tons of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere and supposedly contributes to some future catastrophic climate event.

A polar-bear killer on wheels.

“It’s kind of too fancy for our needs,” admitted Curan. “But it does the job.”

I bet it does.

How are we supposed to take a guy like Suzuki seriously when he drives across Canada in one of the most polluting modes of transportation available?

Suzuki’s bus, Al Gore’s concerts, Tim Flannery’s global travel … how can we take any of them seriously? Further from Brodbeck: “We’ve all learned a little more about David Suzuki this week.” But nothing that would surprise us.

UPDATE. In happy environmental news – although somehow depicted as unhappy (“their habitats are shrinking”) in the linked article – beavers have returned to the Bronx River.

Posted by Tim B. on 02/25/2007 at 10:05 AM
    1. Well, as long as the millionaire elite won’t be affected by Kyoto etc., it’s fine with me.
      /enviro serf

      Posted by andycanuck on 2007 02 25 at 11:08 AM • permalink

 

    1. I bet Suzuki sneaks in trips through MacDonald’s drive-through too.  Hamburger-eating planet killer!

      Posted by RebeccaH on 2007 02 25 at 11:38 AM • permalink

 

    1. Admin OT: This used to be the first comment:

      Whoa! I’ve got nothing to say, but I’m the first to say it!

      Whoa! Now you aren’t first anymore, RCM!

      “First!” comments irritate the Administrator, and will be deleted if they contain nothing relating to the post.

      Posted by Andrea Harris, Administrator on 2007 02 25 at 12:19 PM • permalink

 

    1. A note on the beaver……while this is a good sign for the environment, beavers will build a dam anywhere they can.  In the west, they block off small streams, causing minor flooding.  The usual solution is a couple sticks of dynamite in the dam….until the beaver builds another one.

      I don’t know what the hydrology of the Bronx River is like, but if the beavers expand out into the watershed, some people are going learn why them wild critters ain’t always darling little animals.

      PS to Bronx River dwellers: Do not piss a beaver off.  They may be herbivores, but they have a strong tail and a nasty bite; beavers really do fell trees (big ones!) by gnawing on the base.

      Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2007 02 25 at 01:09 PM • permalink

 

    1. Suzuki has been at this enviro-crusader schtick for a very long time. Slightly longer than I have despised the man for his decieteful publicity whoreing.

      Posted by phil_b on 2007 02 25 at 01:36 PM • permalink

 

    1. Do as I say, not as I spew.

      Posted by Dave S. on 2007 02 25 at 02:36 PM • permalink

 

    1. Thanks, Andrea.  “I’m first!” is the lamest form of posting known to man.

      Posted by kcom on 2007 02 25 at 04:01 PM • permalink

 

    1. Environmentalists are just wrong so often it’s not even funny.  First, what are beavers doing back if all that Western civilization does is destroy the environment for profit? And two, isn’t the fact that their numbers are expanding a sign that they are successfully surviving and breeding?  Animal populations don’t expand when things are going poorly.  They tend to crash then.  They expand when things are going very well.

      Posted by kcom on 2007 02 25 at 04:09 PM • permalink

 

    1. So the high ranks of the clergy preach poverty while living in luxury, all the while selling “carbon credits” and telling us all we’re DOOMED if we don’t follow not their lead, but their message.

      They’re like the Borgia popes without the charm.

      Posted by Rob Crawford on 2007 02 25 at 05:05 PM • permalink

 

    1. “The beavers have returned, the beavers have returned!”

      And that’s all I’ve got to say about that.

      Posted by joe bagadonuts on 2007 02 25 at 05:22 PM • permalink

 

    1. #4, TRJ,

      We are only just beginning to feel the pressure from expanding wildlife populations.  While the beavers were hunted for their pelts, most wildlife were hunted either for food or because of the danger they posed to human life.  Beavers pose a terrible danger to property, not because they could not be controlled, but because the viros have made sure laws make it impossible to do so.  There are areas in the western US where human life is in danger because of cougars; bears are posing a greater threat; and many more areas with pets in danger from coyotes, and other predatory animals, and livestock in danger from those harmless wolves.  In other words, there were reasons why wild animals were cleared out of the way of humans.

      Posted by saltydog on 2007 02 25 at 05:28 PM • permalink

 

    1. Eh? Someone told me he’d never had so much beaver as when he was in New York.

      Posted by blogstrop on 2007 02 25 at 05:53 PM • permalink

 

    1. Latest goreball wormening report from the upper midwest:

      The largest snowstorm to hit Minnesota in years has left behind more than 15 inches of snow in some areas across the state and more is still to come on Sunday.

      WCCO-TV meteorologist Paul Huttner said most of Minnesota can expect to see an additional 1 to 3 inches of new snowfall on Sunday.

      That comes on top of anywhere from 8 to nearly 16 inches of snow that fell from Friday night into Sunday morning from a massive snowstorm that spread across Minnesota, Wisconsin and the rest of the Upper Midwest.

      Roll on the Ice Age!

      Posted by Old Grouch on 2007 02 25 at 06:31 PM • permalink

 

    1. I didn’t know a female nudist colony had been established on the Bronx River.Must be Gorebull Warning again.

      Posted by Peter F on 2007 02 25 at 07:44 PM • permalink

 

    1. Don’t you skeptics get it?
      It’s essential to clock up a huge number of travel miles by road or air and attract many thousands to concerts and films in the cause of STOPPING people clocking up a huge number of travel miles by road or air and having huge concerts
      Stands to reason?

      Posted by Barrie on 2007 02 25 at 10:11 PM • permalink

 

    1. Celebrate their return from the brink with this wonderful beaver song!

      Posted by Habib on 2007 02 26 at 02:35 AM • permalink

 

    1. beavers pffft – the platypus is much more dangerous, and returning to melbourne’s waterways

      Posted by KK on 2007 02 26 at 07:59 AM • permalink

 

    1. from the scouting in canada site

      There’s a Beaver in the beaver pond,
      And he’s swimming all around.
      As he gathers twigs and many things
      To make his lodge real sound.

      Oh, he works all day and most the night,
      And he sings a merry tune,
      You can see him in the evening light
      Of the great big silvery moon.

      beavers sing? who knew.  and beavers apparently get wood

      Beavers going into the forest
      To get wood, to get wood,
      Beavers going into the forest,
      To get wood, to get wo-oo-od.

      Build dams, yes, we build dams
      That is how we use our woo-oo-od.
      Build dams, yes, we build dams
      That is how we use our wood.

      Chopping, chopping, chopping, chopping
      Slapping, slapping, slapping, slapping

      Posted by KK on 2007 02 26 at 08:13 AM • permalink

 

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