David Suzuki apologizes for ‘blown’ comment about pipelines after Alberta response

Edmonton-David Suzuki apologized Thursday after angering Alberta Prime Minister Jason Kenney and others for comments last weekend in which the noted environmentalist noted that pipelines could begin to blow up due to climate inactivity.

Suzuki made the comments about the pipelines during an interview with CHEK News on Saturday after a protest in Victoria, BC

“In the next phase, pipelines will be blown up if our leaders don’t pay attention to what’s going on,” Suzuki had said.

He then made it clear in a separate media interview with the National Post that he did not want to see any pipelines bombed.

Still, the comment sparked outrage from Kenney, whose large oil and gas industry in the province has struggled for years with low oil prices and an uphill battle to get pipelines.

“It’s definitely an implied or winking incitement to violence,” Kenney said at a news conference earlier this week.

“It’s like in the gangster movies where they say, you know, ‘nice little pipeline you have there, it would be awful if something happened to it.'”

Suzuki’s apology on Thursday was posted online, saying in part that his comments were “ill-chosen.”

“Any suggestion that violence is inevitable is wrong and will not lead us to a much-needed solution to the climate crisis,” he said. “My words were spoken out of extreme frustration and I apologize.”

Tensions over climate change have been running high in recent weeks as storms hit the country’s east and west coasts, wreaking havoc on businesses, homes, farms and infrastructure.

“We have to find a way to stop the environmental damage we are doing to the planet and we have to do this in a nonviolent way,” Suzuki said.

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