How long can the Liberal Party duck the fundamental issue of climate change and what it means to our country, to our people and to our world? Here are a few questions I'd like the party and those vying for its leadership to consider and answer. And, once they're finished, I'd put the same questions to the New Democrats.
Does the Liberal Party acknowledge the fact that mankind cannot consume more than a small fraction, perhaps just 20 per cent or even less, of known fossil fuel reserves already on the books of energy companies, if we are to have any hope of keeping global warming within the 2 degree Celsius target?
If not, what percent of known fossil fuel resources, does the Liberal Party accept can be burned without endangering the very survival of our civilization? Does the Liberal Party even have a position on this question and, if not, why not?
Does the Liberal Party acknowledge that, in the transition to alternative energy, we must choose low-carbon fossil fuels over high-carbon fossil fuel energy? Again, if not, why not?
Does the Liberal Party favour extraction and consumption of high-carbon fossil fuels over low-carbon fossil fuels and, if so, why?
Does the Liberal Party recognize that, at current rates of global fossil fuel consumption, our world is expected to endure 4 degree Celsius warming by 2100?
Does the Liberal Party believe that civilization is sustainable at warming of 4 degrees Celsius?
Does the Liberal Party see the drive to exploit high-carbon, unconventional fossil fuels as inherently nihilistic? If not, why not?