October 23, 2015

Should David Suzuki be jailed for misleading children about species extinction?

Tim BallRebel Columnist

They call this the Age of Information. I call it the Age of Misinformation.

In his book True Enough: Learning to live in a Post-Fact Society, Farhad Manjoo writes:

Facts no longer matter. We simply decide how we want to see the world and then go out and find experts and evidence to back our beliefs.

The Post-Fact Society is in full force when it comes to environmental and climate issues. The media provides amplification to people who use false information and distort facts for their political agenda. Manjoo should add that when the evidence contradicts manufactured beliefs there are no apologies for the damage done to people’s lives, no backtracking. The manufacturer either ignores the evidence, doubles down on the misinformation, or attacks the person providing the contradictory information.   

The November 25, 2013, Macleans cover story reports Suzuki complaining that, “Environmentalism Has Failed.” The subtitle elaborates, “David Suzuki loses faith in the cause of his lifetime.” The reality is he is the main reason for the failure, through exploiting the necessary concept of environmentalism for a political agenda. He is a classic example of crying wolf. Now few are listening and worse, when real problems show up, they won’t listen then either because he misled them so often. There are many examples of his alarmism, but two illustrate the point: his claims of declining salmon populations, and the alarmism over increasing extinctions.

John Maynard Keynes said, "If the facts change, I'll change my opinion. What do you do, Sir?" It is a question David Suzuki needs to answer about many things, not least salmon, which have returned in record breaking numbers on the west coast. He also needs to explain why hundreds of new species are discovered every year, while no extinctions are reported, and it is estimated that one-third of those listed as extinct are later found.

Suzuki spent February 2007 crossing Canada in a campaign ostensibly to determine people’s concerns about the environment, especially extinction of species. He identified human emissions of CO2, the so-called anthropogenic global warming (AGW) as the central problem. He said,“It's either total destruction of the economy, or spend one per cent of the GDP to bring our emissions down.” This was designed to promote Canada’s commitment to the Kyoto Protocol. He didn’t report that full implementation of the original Kyoto would only reduce temperatures by 0.05 by 2050.

During his trip, Suzuki made public presentations, including to schools. The message was alarmist and speculative but presented as factual. He said the extinction rate is three species an hour. He didn’t name one because that number is a fantasy based upon false assumptions. The claim of three per hour is from the work of E.O. Wilson -- who was listed as an honorary Board member of the Suzuki Foundation in the 2003 Annual Report.

Wilson based his idea of extinction on false assumptions and mathematical estimates:

A good proxy for the rate of extinction is the rate of growth in energy used by the human population. In other words, extinction rates are increasing in step with the product of population growth times the growth in affluence.

It is not a good proxy because it isn’t happening.

Wilson’s extinction claim was 27,000 per year, or three per hour. He derived these numbers by estimating the number of species in one square mile of rainforest and how much rainforest was lost each year. Incorrectly, he applied this tropical species loss to the entire world and then predicted 22 percent of all species will be extinct by 2022. If you don’t know how many there are, you can’t prove or disprove this claim. Regardless, the threat of extinction is a powerful emotional weapon in the environmentalist’s arsenal.

In the last few years over a million new species were discovered and that’s only part of what remains to be found. Here’s why:

“Furthermore, the study, published by PLoS Biology, says a staggering 86% of all species on land and 91% of those in the seas have yet to be discovered, described and catalogued.”

Here are some examples of discoveries.

The headline says, “One Million New Plankton Species Found.” Leader Dr. Bowler said, "It's the first time that anyone's done this expedition looking specifically for plankton life, and that's why we found so many."

People don’t know that most of the world is unoccupied by humans. They can’t believe many parts of the world have not been visited or seen. For example, it is likely that no more than 50,000 people in the history of the world have ever seen Virginia Falls, one of the great waterfalls of the world. There is a web site that provides ongoing reports of new species and they are never short of material.

(Virginia Falls)

Some will say these are miniscule creatures and therefore the number is not impressive, however, many very large animals are regularly discovered, as illustrated:

(Pseudoryx nghetinhensis)

(Cercopithecus lomamiensis)

* 2005 report headlined, “Scientists have discovered a new monkey species in the mountains of East Africa.”
* 2007 report the headline was, “New Animal And Plant Species Found In Vietnam”
* 2010 report said, “30 unknown species found in Ecuador’s highland forests by a team of U.S. and Ecuadorian researchers,”
* 2010 report said, "Over 200 New Species Found in Papua New Guinea.” The lead scientist said there are "large areas of New Guinea that are pretty much unexplored biologically.
* 2011 report headline reads “Elvis Monkey and coloured gecko among 200 new species discovered in Vietnam. This is in the Greater Mekong area.
* 2012 report headline reads, “New species of monkey identified in Africa.”
* 2015 report headline reads, “Hundreds of new species found in Eastern Himalayas.”

Suzuki presents incorrect, inadequate, and out of context information to scare people and force destructive action. This is a man who says we should jail politicians who ignore climate change. Words fail me, except to say my hope is that eco-bullying environmentalists who use false information to promote a political agenda become extinct before they kill us all.


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commented 2015-10-26 21:49:18 -0400
I’m thinking Tim and Ezra should attend this climate party in Paris just so we can get some true and accurate reporting.
commented 2015-10-26 20:45:39 -0400
Jail’em he was also on the front causing mega deaths in third world countries via malaria(Suzuki and his criminal cohorts demanded not to allow bug spray for these families and children and the list goes much further, all schools spread his lies .
commented 2015-10-26 02:01:07 -0400
Kyle which credible Scientists? the ones who faked the numbers? the ones who said the ice would be gone 2 years ago? LMAO Suzuki is not credible , lies do not make one credible dimwit
commented 2015-10-26 02:00:09 -0400
Nathan W Suzuki did that why is it bad too do it back to him you pathetic hypocrite?
commented 2015-10-25 21:03:21 -0400
Kyle: thanks for that lesson on how to attack the messenger, AKA the famous “ad hominem” deflective non-response. Now, do you have anything on these facts, or “facts”, whatever? Tim’s right. You want to say he’s wrong, go ahead, but maybe if you offered some proof instead of just (maybe) quoting some scientists who may or may not have been debunked, yet, your opinion is less valid than the guy who’s actually stated some facts (see above video). Tim’s made an effort to present a valid argument; you’ve just thrown some left wing excrement to the wall to see if anything sticks. If you don’t have anything else, maybe go back to your cave and see what your god, the holy CBC, has to say on the issue.
commented 2015-10-25 20:35:05 -0400
I was wondering where this opinion piece was going then realized it was Tim Ball writing the opinion piece and it was posted on “the rebel”. Yet another right wing idiot that thinks they are correct on a topic a majority of credible scientists have concurred is occurring and he is some how more intelligent than all the others. Does it ever get tiring being incorrect on every subject?
commented 2015-10-25 20:20:28 -0400
Neonics is responsible for bee deaths in about the same Proportion that CO2 is responsible for Global Cooling or is it Global Warming and if it ain’t either of those than it is Climate Change. Hoaxsters always follow the money and all they really need to make their hoax Reality is a gullible Media and a foolish Politician.
commented 2015-10-25 20:20:28 -0400
Neonics is responsible for bee deaths in about the same Proportion that CO2 is responsible for Global Cooling or is it Global Warming and if it ain’t either of those than it is Climate Change. Hoaxsters always follow the money and all they really need to make their hoax Reality is a gullible Media and a foolish Politician.
commented 2015-10-25 17:35:23 -0400
Since I was a kid reading his little blurb in the London Free Press every week, Susuki has been nothing but an alarmist. As a kid I literally had bad dreams of the awful consequences that were coming from the demise of some bug in darkest Africa. Every week the same thing, just change the name of the bug. Not only is the man a liar, he is the worst kind of liar. All for money. Makes me want to go out behind the house and burn a couple of tractor tires, as if I am capable of changing the weather
commented 2015-10-24 14:15:24 -0400
There are lots of ways to define species classifications.

Species are going extinct 1000 times faster than in pre-human times: http://phys.org/news/2014-09-species-extinct-faster-pre-human.html

Disgusting, that you would suggest jailing people for expressing views that you don’t like.

And then you turn around and cry for free speech when what you really want is a free pass to engage in any and all hate speech.
commented 2015-10-24 11:44:56 -0400
I like to call these alarmists, drive by researchers, because they hold a degree in something, that means they don’t think that they have to do do diligence in the field. I ran across a boat load of these drive by researchers after we adopted a ducks unlimited wetlands project that encompassed 14 square miles. What was amazing to me was that as they were researching their pet projects, it was but a snapshot of time, a brief fleeting moment, but then was written in stone as gospel. I haven’t put much creedence in what most of these "drive-by ecco researchers " do since.
commented 2015-10-24 00:34:35 -0400
he should be investigated!
commented 2015-10-23 23:29:33 -0400
Susuki, Gore, Young etc are just a waste of Oxygen.
commented 2015-10-23 23:05:53 -0400
He can bunk above Neil young…and all the dumbass followers that believe his rubbish should be jailed for sheer stupidity.
commented 2015-10-23 21:11:16 -0400
He should be jailed as a liar and a traitor.
commented 2015-10-23 20:14:07 -0400
I absolutely loved Ezra’s videos on Suzuki. At this point, I’m just surprised Suzuki hasn’t filed a lawsuit against Ezra.
commented 2015-10-23 14:06:15 -0400
I feel obliged to add hypocrisy to The Fruit Fly pimps resume, Mercury batteries a scourge on the earth, mercury filled CFL bulbs the saviour of the earth.
commented 2015-10-23 12:56:03 -0400
And I forgot to mention, that Suzuki shouldn’t be allowed anywhere near children, to promote his lies.
commented 2015-10-23 12:54:36 -0400
I love reading your articles, and especially ones that expose the out right lies, of Dr. Fruit fly and friends.