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Canadian journalist Donna Laframboise has been watching the climate world since 2009. What she sees isn't pretty.

The WMO’s Macabre Climate Fiction

Rather than persuading us with reason and logic, the World Meteorological Organization has recruited TV weather presenters to deliver pretend weather reports from the year 2050.

September 2, 2014

A Historical Perspective on Hysterical Rhetoric

Environmental activists have been declaring that the sky is falling since at least 1948. We aren’t the first generation to care – or to be raised on eco scare stories.

February 4, 2014

The IPCC: Not What You Think It Is

A fictional UN climate body exists in the minds of the gullible. And then there’s the real IPCC.

September 24, 2013

David Suzuki: Canada is ‘Full’

Some people really do care more about “Mother Nature” than human beings.

July 11, 2013

Greens Bludgeon Democracy

Environmentalists think Australian states can’t be trusted to make their own decisions. They want them overruled by bureaucrats thousands of miles away.

July 6, 2013

Have We Run Out of Time Yet?

It isn’t your imagination. You’ve been hearing that the world is “running out of time” for years.

June 16, 2013

David Suzuki: All Mining Must Stop

According to Canada’s most prominent environmentalist, the mining of gold, silver, copper and other minerals poses an unacceptable risk to the planet’s atmosphere.

May 2, 2013

Public Relations Firms & Climate Change

Much of what we hear about climate change has been carefully crafted by PR firms and ad agencies.

April 10, 2013

Greens Against Growth – Except Their Own

If ‘constant growth’ is bad, why does the David Suzuki Foundation keep getting bigger and bigger?

April 4, 2013

How We Know the ‘Climate Crisis’ Isn’t Real

People who believe there’s an urgent problem behave accordingly. Climatologist Michael Mann plays games.

March 27, 2013

For the Sake of the Children

Climate crusaders urge us to Think of the children! But that can be used by anyone to advance any argument under the sun.

March 25, 2013

David Suzuki Ejects TV Crew

David Suzuki’s idea of a “truly sustainable future” is one in which freedom of the press doesn’t exist.

February 27, 2013

Good News About Polar Bears

Why don’t polar bear activists recognize a success story when they see one?

February 12, 2013 · 2 Comments

How Committed to Science is David Suzuki?

23 years ago, David Suzuki declared science “fundamentally flawed.” These days he delivers speeches to naturopath conventions.

February 6, 2013

David Suzuki & John Abbott College

A Quebec school refuses to say whether David Suzuki’s student bodyguards spent time alone with him.

February 3, 2013

Suzuki: Money Doesn’t Matter, Here’s My $30K Invoice

In a speech to students, David Suzuki condemned society’s fixation with money. So why did he charge their school more for a day’s work than many Canadians earn in a year?

January 31, 2013

David Suzuki, Dirty Old Man

When David Suzuki visited a school in Quebec, why was he assigned attractive, female, student bodyguards?

January 30, 2013

Who is Hans Joachim Schellnhuber?

The German government’s chief climate advisor is the furthest thing from an objective, dispassionate scientist. He thinks using fossil fuels amounts to “a lifestyle of mass destruction” – and that the UN should be put in charge of trillions of dollars.

December 21, 2012

Energy Rocks Our World

Affordable, reliable energy – a big reason most children now make it to adulthood.

June 17, 2012

David Suzuki’s Smoke & Mirrors

Would a scientifically rigorous organization have the owner of a PR firm as its chairman?

April 18, 2012

Eco Narcissists & Their Last Chances

For half a century green activists have insisted that their historical moment – and a particular generation – are the planet’s last hope.

April 14, 2012

Canada’s Senate, David Suzuki & The Delinquent Teenager

My book is discussed in the Canadian Senate – and the David Suzuki Foundation behaves like a rabid dog.

March 21, 2012

The Authoritarian Impulse and Climate Change

People who want to save the planet are fond of more laws and more red tape. They talk of silencing their opponents and sending people to prison.

March 13, 2012

The Y2K Scare, the Media & Climate Change

Media coverage of climate change has a great deal in common with how the press covered the Y2K scare. There’s little evidence that news outlets learned much from that embarrassing episode.

August 9, 2011

David Suzuki is a Drama Queen

While the rest of us approach challenges with determination, optimism, and faith in ourselves as problem solvers, drama queens see only worst-case scenarios. They exaggerate. They emotionalize.

June 3, 2011

Hansen, Suzuki & Greenpeace

Regarding James Hansen’s (tax-payer funded) salary, David Suzuki’s despair, and Ross Gelbspan’s professional activism.

April 12, 2011

Pachauri’s Pal – the Worldwatch Institute

Before the IPCC was even founded, the Worldwatch Institute had already declared that global warming was caused by fossil fuels. Surely that makes the IPCC chairman’s decision to fraternize with this activist organization a bit awkward.

April 7, 2011

Is Everything Really Getting Worse?

David Suzuki says the planet is in “far worse shape” today than 50 years ago. But a growing library of exhaustively researched books claim the opposite.

February 8, 2011

Suzuki’s Children (The Political Kind)

Dan Kellar is a geography student at the University of Waterloo. He is writing a doctoral thesis under the supervision of an Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change author and already teaches climate change courses to impressionable undergraduates.

Last week Kellar prevented a journalist from speaking to a campus audience about her new book. He says that because (he thinks) she’s lying free speech doesn’t apply to her.

November 16, 2010

Lest We Forget the Importance of Liberty

To a large degree the climate change story is a media story. Journalists are supposed to be guard dogs, not lap dogs. Instead, they’ve become arbiters of scientific truth – refusing to report on non-conformist perspectives.

Last of a five-part series.

November 11, 2010

Margaret Atwood Should Resign From PEN International

As Vice President of PEN International, Margaret Atwood has pledged to oppose “any form of suppression of freedom of expression.”

But she sits on a board directors with a man who says some people have no right to free speech. She has written the foreword to a book by David Suzuki – who thinks politicians should be jailed for their climate change views. She has also encouraged her Twitter followers to visit a web page that says a TV station that hasn’t even begun broadcasting should be stopped.

November 10, 2010

When is a Job Offer Not a Job Offer? (Part 1)

Invited in May to join a new Canadian television station, I was supposed to be a contrarian voice on topics such as global warming and David Suzuki. By October, the broadcaster had lost its nerve.

I’m a bit player in this drama. The bigger picture is that Canadians will continue to be fed the same old pablum.

November 5, 2010

David Suzuki’s Five Kids

People are surprised to learn that eco icon David Suzuki (who insists there are too many humans on the planet), has himself fathered five children. But his autobiography reveals this to be the case. It also tells us he began dating his second wife when she was 22 – and he was 35.

October 13, 2010

Transformational Canadians

Please nominate Steve McIntyre and Ross McKitrick as “Transformational Canadians.” Help a Canadian newspaper understand the enormous contribution these gentlemen have made to the climate debate. Nominations close November 26th.

October 11, 2010

David Suzuki’s Odd View of Women

David Suzuki thinks women are capable of saving the world. I agree. But before we support him financially and in other ways, shouldn’t we spend a few minutes looking closely at the kind of world he wants us to fight for?

September 27, 2010

Can We Recycle Bono?

Climate change activist Bono now appears in Louis Vuitton ads – a $1200 bag slung over his shoulder. How exactly does extreme conspicuous consumption fight global warming?

September 22, 2010

Seven (Real) Questions for David Suzuki

David Suzuki has been asked a series of softball questions by a mainstream newspaper reporter. My own list of questions begins with:

1. You think there are too many human beings, that our numbers over-burden planet Earth. Why, then, did you yourself father five children?

September 20, 2010
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