Liberal getting her vote

I’m reluctant to use the term “climate emergency” because for those spared an immediate, extreme weather event, it can seem like hyperbole. However my reading of the climate science literature, participation in expert talks and webinars, and completion of certificate courses on climate change and energy make me uncomfortable. Reluctantly, I concluded we are nearing a climate emergency.

Just this past year we have endured forest fires here in B.C., viewed horrific floods in Europe and China, noted the burning of forests in Greece and Turkey, saw Texan electrical supply shut down by an atypical snowstorm, and New Orleans drowned by Hurricane Ida.

A recent U.N. study provides a sobering statistic—the damage caused by extreme weather events in the last decade was nine times as large as it was in the 1970s. The usually cautious and conservative International Energy Agency expressed alarm in July that governments are not making investments in clean energy fast enough. The climate science tells us: if we want to limit the increase in temperature to manageable proportions, we must drive the net emissions of CO2, methane and other GHGs down to zero by mid-century.

In Kelowna-Lake Country, which candidate can we count on to best deal with this emergency?

Not the Green or NPD candidates. Neither has a realistic chance of winning in Kelowna-Lake Country.

Not the PPC candidate. Led by Max Bernier, that party is firmly in the climate denier camp.

Not the Conservative candidate. For the first time, that party does have a plan to reduce emissions, and leader Erin O’Toole seems to be dedicated to it. The problem is the party itself. It is split right down the middle on climate change. In March of this year at the party’s policy convention, 54% of delegates voted against inserting the following into the party’s official statement on climate: “[W]e recognize that climate change is real. The Conservative Party is willing to act.”

Who is running for election in our riding who is knowledgeable about climate change? Tim Krupa, the Liberal candidate. Krupa has the attributes necessary to lead on this issue. He has a degree in science from UBCO, an MBA and a Master of Public Policy with distinction from Oxford. He has experience in business and government. Most importantly, he understands the climate change problems people in this valley are grappling with and is prepared to develop policy to deal with them.

Krupa is supported by a well-developed, consistent Liberal Party plan for addressing climate change. It has been well received by experts like Andrew Weaver, a prominent climate scientist and former leader of the Green Party in B.C., and Mark Jaccard, a leading expert on the economics of sustainable energy.

Addressing climate change is a key issue for me. Tim Krupa will get my vote.

Meg Barker

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