Dr. David Suzuki: Trudeau Government’s Climate Emergency Declaration Is ‘A Joke’

For The Real News Network, I interviewed Dr. David Suzuki about the Canadian Parliament’s recent declaration of a climate emergency and the Trudeau Government’s subsequent approval of the TransMountain tar sands pipeline expansion.

I asked Dr Suzuki if the Transmountain approval could be reconciled with the climate emergency declaration.

He answered “No, absolutely not. I mean, it just shows what a joke the whole declaration of a  climate emergency is.

My discussion with Dr. Suzuki can be seen here:

Canada is Warming at Twice the Rate of the Globe, Says New Report

April 20, 2019

For The Real News, I speak to Keith Stewart of Greenpeace Canada about a new study showing that Canada is warming at twice the rate as the rest of the world, and that northern Canada is warming at three times the global rate.

As Keith states: “It’s kind of a standard joke that oh, in Canada it would be nice if it was a little warmer. The problem is the rate of change. We haven’t historically– well, in the geological record climate has changed a lot over time– but we’re trying to pack change that usually take 50,000 to 100,000 years into 50 years. Because we’re burning fossil fuels and sort of increasing the greenhouse effect trapping heat, which it then causes a whole bunch of other changes. You might think oh, a little bit warmer that would be nice, but you’re also changing rainfall patterns. You’re going to have drought in some places. You are going to have more wildfires, the kinds we’ve seen in B.C. and Alberta the last couple of years where people literally couldn’t breathe. Walking outside in Vancouver was like breathing eight packs, smoking eight pack of cigarettes. In urban areas, one of the warnings in the report is we’re going to see even more flooding. In particular, the kind of flash flooding which in one incident here in Toronto back in 2013, we saw $960 million worth of damage in a couple of hours. We saw street cars under water. People had to be rescued from the GO train by boat. These kinds of severe impacts– the heat waves, the droughts, the wildfires, the flooding– these cause enormous damage to our economy, they cause enormous damage to our health, and we’re only seeing the thin edge of the wedge here.”

My discussion with Keith can be seen and listened to here:

Canada is Warming at Twice the Rate of the Globe, Says New Report

How Big Tech Helped Big Oil Automate the Climate Crisis

For The Real News, I speak with Gizmodo reporter Brian Merchant about the merging interests of Big Tech and Big Oil.

As Brian explains, major tech companies like Google, Amazon and Microsoft are helping fossil fuel companies to extract more oil and gas at lower cost.

These companies increasingly profit from our dependence on fossil fuels even as they claim to be leaders in the battle against climate change.

My discussion with Brian can be watched here:

https://therealnews.com/stories/how-big-tech-has-helped-big-oil-automate-the-climate-crisis