David Suzuki has apologized for a recent comment he made, warning that “pipelines” will be blown up if governments do not respond quickly to climate change.
The Canadian environmentalist, scientist and television station came up with the explosive proposal in an interview with CHEK News on November 20 after an environmental march in Victoria.
He apologized Thursday for the “poorly selected” remarks in a statement from the David Suzuki Foundation.
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“Any suggestion that violence is inevitable is wrong and will not lead us to a desperately needed solution to the climate crisis,” he said.
“My words were said out of extreme frustration and I apologize.”
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In the interview with CHEK, Suzuki said that world experts have been telling the public for more than 40 years that humanity is in “deep, deep doo doo” because of passivity in relation to climate change.
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“That’s what we’ve come to,” he said. “The next phase after this – pipelines will be blown up if our leaders are not aware of what is going on.”
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His comments prompted immediate reaction from politicians across the country, including Alberta Prime Minister Jason Kenney, who said Suzuki “implicitly incited people to political violence.”
“Enough is enough,” he said at a news conference Tuesday. “What can he add useful to debate about something when it’s the kind of views he has?”
Both Kenney and Federal Conservative leader Erin O’Toole expressed frustration at the lack of national condemnation of Suzuki’s behavior.
“What happens in this country when the Prime Minister does not want to condemn language in that way?” O’Toole asked Wednesday in Ottawa.
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In Suzuki’s home province of British Columbia, Provincial Secretary of Public Safety Mike Farnworth called the climate change activist’s comments “not helpful at all.”
The David Suzuki Foundation said the remarks were “born out of many years of seeing government inaction as the climate crisis continues to get worse.”
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