Friday Funny – David Suzuki goes postal

A Polite Discourse with Professional Climate Alarmist David Suzuki

Guest post by Jim Lakely of the Heartland Institute

Back in March, The Heartland Institute sent professional Canadian climate alarmist David Suzuki – formerly on the board of Canada’s notoriously left-wing David Suzuki Foundation – a copy of Rael Isaac’s excellent book, Roosters of the Apocalypse. Today, while rummaging through my over-filled inbox, I saw an envelope from this “esteemed scientist” that arrived two weeks ago.  Even in the address he put down for Heartland’s world headquarters, Suzuki exposed his childish contempt for those who disagree with his faith-based climate views.

(See the envelope below)

Then there is the note Suzuki wrote on our cover letter for the book.

In case you couldn’t make that out, let me type it for you:

I am a scientist and I take great umbrage at being sent such a load of crap from a bullshit shill organization for the oil industry. You are the most anti-science group I can imagine.

David Suzuki.

Quite an imagination, considering. But Suzuki left off the Xs and Os. I’m crushed. At least I set him back $3.70 Canadian.

I guess David  didn’t get the memo that we should tone down the rhetoric and try to get along. Of course he’s wrong about us, but defaming people who disagree is the only trick aging alarmists like him have left.


WUWT Readers might recall this research effort by the same esteemed Canadian scientist:

More here.


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Doug Huffman

I believe that it was during the controversy over launch of Cassini-Huygens, with the plutonium powered RTG, that Suzuki and Kaku were forever impeached. Let them join Mann and Bellesisles in obscurity.

Quite a reasoned, scientific response. I’m sure it is being given all the consideration it is due.


Whatever, still loved him in The Karate Kid.

I can see Suzuki’s postal address quite clearly–you might like to blur that out.


Amazing how history cycles. The events change but the participants do not.
I can imagine the Suzuki’s of the world dressed in Red cardinals cloaks expressing outrage that people did not believe the world was flat or Earth revolved around the sun.
Those Cardinals too were amongst the best educated beings of their time. For what?? Idiocy??
Forgive him and his ilk, they are a demographic phenomena that has poison their chosen field.

Tony Hansen

When I first read it I thought it said…Iam a socialist…

Did he read the book???

Gee! A really nice personal letter from David Suzuki with an autograph at the bottom. That autograph might be as valuable as a James R. Hoffa one some day. And sent via snail mail to boot.


I was just yesterday treated to very same kind of intellectual dishonesty. Perfect timing by suds-sucker. (should I have [snip]ped that last bit?)

Mike Bromley the Canucklehead

Funny, I read “I am a Socialist” when I first scanned the photo above. Hilarious! I am reminded of 20 years ago when I was trying to make a right turn from Arbutus to West 4th Ave. in Vancouver, on a red light, when a very irate and potty-mouthed Suzuki took umbrage that I would interrupt his jay-walking. Holy [snip] he can spew some good old stroll-speak.


Hang on, Suzuki may be a scientist but he’s no climate scientist just another biologist who’s jumped on the big green eco slush funded bandwagon to push his own whacky agenda.
We really should start marking up the difference between climate scientists, environmentalists and fruit cakes…

Vince Causey

I’m glad you typed that out. I thought it said “I am a socialist”.

Take Off Your Shoes & Feel the Global Warming

I ride a Honda. Need I say more 🙂

David L

I am a scientist and I take great umbrage with people like Suzuki who are neither open minded nor a critical thinker and therefore lack two requirements of being a scientists.

Vince Causey

Actually, reminds me of a letter written by a scientist to Alfred Wegener. It went something along the lines that his theory of continental drift was a complete load of nonsense. Funny how history repeats.

Don’t count him or his fellow travelers out. Politicians – especially lefty politicians – far outnumber true scientists and fact-observation-and-logic-based thinkers, and they have plenty of other people’s (taxpayers’) money to fund their movements and activities (while the overwhelming majority of people are somnambulant).


Beesaman~ Fruit(fly) cakes…

What a coincidence. My postman rides a Suzuki.


climate scientists, environmentalists and fruit cakes…
1. hypochondriacs with absolutely zero idea about anything except what their owners tell them.
2. people who actually care about the environment
3. an even loopier extreme version of 1, who actually believe what their owners tell them.
Suzuki fits in 3, and hence in 1,
.but certainly NOT in 2.

BTW: Was that message penned in ink or bile?


What I would give to have that framed on my wall…

David Suzuki smoked too much dope in the 70s. He is the alarmist’s alarmist. Mr Maggot.


I hope you’re planning on adding that endorsement to the back cover of the book. Its sales would skyrocket.


That’s hilarious… Will it make the Friday Funny’s?


Wow! This guy must really be something. Please keep him in the ice box, as we have a significant number of similar minded ones down here in the states already.

LOL. “At least I set him back $3.70 Canadian.” Classy stuff Jim. I’m glad you did that.The cruelest cut of all, having a laugh at them. Saving the world is such a grim business, they’ve no time for a sense of humour.


Come clean Lance Armstrong Al Gore Phil Jones Michael Mann David Suzuki


Mike Bromley the Canucklehead says:
November 9, 2012 at 3:58 am
Funny, I read “I am a Socialist” when I first scanned the photo above.
Me too. He was prb’ly channeling the word socialist.

“rikstarling says: November 9, 2012 at 3:46 am
I can see Suzuki’s postal address quite clearly–you might like to blur that out.”
Strange, I can see Heartland’s address that someone has tried to blur. Looks like blurring is out of favour lately.


This behavior is so typical and predictable. When I started following this issue, I was appalled by such behavior of supposedly esteemed learned men. Nothing that has happened in the last 3 years has convinced me they will ever change.

brian lemon

Note: the address is for the “David Suzuki Foundation” This is interesting because he “officially” has no affiliation with the Foundation (although his wife is the Chair and Daughter the CEO) because it is a registered Charity and as such is prohibited from acting as a lobbyist. He is worried that he will need to pay taxes on donations (which he should – it is a lobby organization like the WWF) and is afraid of an audit by canada revenue.

Russ R.

Dr. Suzuki is a geneticist specializing in fruit flies (PhD Zoology, University of Chicago, 1961).
I will be sure to seek his expert opinion next time I need guidance on insect breeding.
On matters of global climate, probably not.


“I am a scientist and I take great umbrage at being sent such a load of crap from a bullshit shill organization for the oil industry. You are the most anti-science group I can imagine.
David Suzuki.”

Mr Suzuki is an idiot and obviously does not know how the world economy, climate and politics really works. Try educating yourself, Mr Suzuki, before making such stubid comments in the future. For example, the AGW scam was promoted and subsequent European Emissions Trading Scheme set up by the marketers and PR advisers at BP in an attempt to get ahead of the “green” lobby and make themselves look good. Read all about it in “Spills and Spin” by Tom Bergin.


You should take great honour in the fact that the fruit-fly guy (his actual area of study) blew up on you, you have great company. Like all the parents of school children in Canada he stated should go to jail for what their generation had done to mother-gaia (stated to schoolchildren in an assembly (elementary aged kids if I recall correctly)).
The good doctor jumped the shark decades ago.

Robert C Taylor

Because his handwriting isn’t very clear I think you didn’t quite get the transcription right:
“I am a socialist” not [scientist]
And “skill organization” not [shill]

chris y

rikstarling says-
“I can see Suzuki’s postal address quite clearly–you might like to blur that out.”
I just typed “david suzuki vancouver address” into Google, and the full address came up. It looks like it is his foundation’s address. I see no reason to blur it out.

An interesting address for his foundation

Robert in Calgary

Ha! I thought it said socialist too.

Les Johnson

This is an example of Suzuki’s competence in science (chemistry, physics and climate). The 2 paragraphs below are a column he wrote for the Vancouver Sun.
“It has been known since the last century that carbon-bearing compounds are transparent to sunlight but opaque to infra-red. In other words, sunlight passes through carbon-containing air whereas infra-red heat rays tend to be reflected by the carbon.
We are familiar with this effect in a car that has sat in the sun. The interior becomes hot because the carbon in the glass keeps the heat in.”

Suzuki made these 5 elemental scientific errors, in two short paragraphs.
1. Carbon in glass? Maybe in the front windshield, sandwiched between 2 sheets of glass. As glass is mostly opaque to infrared (IR), its moot.
2. Carbon compounds may or may not trap heat. Polyethylene, for example, is transparent to IR.
3. Heat in the car is from modifying convection, not radiation. Decreased convection = increased radiation. Polyethylene vs glass in greenhouses shows no difference in heat retention, in spite of the different IR properties of the two barriers. The heat retention is from preventing convection.
4. Glass is mostly opaque to IR, not the supposed carbon in it. Suzuki assumes it’s not opaque, by needing the “carbon” in it to stop IR.
5. Suzuki says carbon bearing compounds REFLECT IR. Some carbons compounds allow IR through. The ones that don’t, ABSORB IR photons, then re-emit photons. They don’t reflect.

Just an engineer

rikstarling says:
November 9, 2012 at 3:46 am
I can see Suzuki’s postal address quite clearly–you might like to blur that out.
That address is published on “”

Kaku was impeached when he became a media clown (that’s not the term I actually use, but you can’t print it here.) Every scientist and physician who appears regularly on TV should have their credentials stripped. You cannot be an entertainer/expert-so-I-can-get-my-face-on-TV and still be a scientist. They are mutually exclusive (for Suzuki, Kako and other scientists, that means these two things cannot exist in the same person). You shred your credibility and ethics as a scientist when you become an entertainer. Then you’re just another lying face on the big flat screen.

Les Johnson

This Suzuki stating that corporations were “not interested” in contributing to his Foundation.

When one looks at the tax records that year though, one sees contributions from many large companies; including energy and pipeline companies.

Steve from Rockwood

Suzuki meets Heartland. Wolf, meet shark.

I did a search on my phones map app “Suzuki foundation Vancouver”
And it found the location and other information as follows:
“David Suzuki Foundation
219-2211 W 4th, Vancouver, BC, V5Y
(604) 732-4228”
So the address is not Suzuki’s home, and the information displayed is easily publicly available.

Jimmy Haigh

beesaman says:
November 9, 2012 at 4:00 am
There is a difference?

Wait, did Suzuki use air mail to send that back? Oh the Carbon Footprint!

John Bell

But you can bet that Suzuki drives a car, uses electricity, heats his home, eats food, just like the people that he calls ‘deniers’. He wants others to sacrifice, but not him.

lurker passing through, laughing

When was David last a working scientist? Does he publish peer review anymore? Does he lead a science institute? Does he serve as an editor or peer reviewer of science work?
Does he teach in an academic setting anymore? How long ago?
reading wiki’s bio sketch, he is a scientist only in the sense that a retired football player working as announcer is still an athlete.
“Suzuki received his BA in Biology from Amherst College of Massachusetts in 1958, and his Ph.D in Zoology from the University of Chicago in 1961.
Early in his research career he studied genetics, using the popular model organism Drosophila melanogaster (fruit flies). To be able to use his initials in naming any new genes he found, he studied dominant temperature-sensitive phenotypes (DTS). (As he jokingly noted at a lecture at Johns Hopkins University, the only alternative was “damn tough skin”.) He was a professor in the genetics department (stated in his book Genethics: The Ethics of Engineering Life, 1988) at the University of British Columbia for almost forty years (from 1963 until his retirement in 2001), and has since been professor emeritus at a university research institute.[3]”


From Suzuki’s scientific response, I have my doubts about his science.

Les Johnson