Setting the record straight on the day’s top anti-oil and gas media stories
ACTIVIST CLAIM: Radical Environmentalist David Suzuki incites domestic eco-terrorism by claiming that pipelines will be blown up for not reducing emissions.
THE FACTS: Eco-terrorism is a shared belief in the extreme environmental movement.
- Eco-terrorism has already occurred in Canada. During the late 90s and mid-2000s, Wiebo Ludwig was charged with bombing oil wells and pipelines.
- Extinction Rebellion claims Suzuki’s comments were not controversial and that they fully believe that blowing up pipelines and assassinations of world leaders will become status quo for eco-terrorists.
- The David Suzuki Foundation may have received funding from a game about blowing up pipelines.
- Hydrocarbons have been responsible for improvements in life expectancy, health, reduction in infant mortality, education, equality over the past 200 years. Our objective should be to keep these benefits while we reduce the impacts, not risking Canadian lives and performing acts of eco-terrorism.
- The population is expected to continue growing until at least 2070, and we will need more solutions that dematerialize, so we use less land and fewer materials per person. The proposals from anti-oil and gas activists use more materials and more land per person and are a step backward for people and the planet.
Stories that get it right:
Tasha Kheiriddin: David Suzuki’s ‘blown up’ pipelines comment is a winking incitement to eco-terrorism
The reality is that until and unless humanity finds a reliable and scalable replacement for fossil fuels, blowing up pipelines will not accomplish a thing. Radical activists need to realize this.