20 Questions for Electoral Candidates

Want to test a candidate’s knowledge about climate change. Here are 20 easy questions.

  1. Do you know the atmospheric carbon concentration for Oct 1st, 2018? A. 405.29 ppm https://www.co2.earth/daily-co2
  2. What do scientists say is the safe amount? A. 350 ppm. https://350.org/science/
  3. What is the Pre-Industrial Age carbon count for the 1700s? A. 280 ppm Wikipedia
  4. What does Pre-Industrial mean? A. It means a time when CO2, methane and nitrous oxide gases were lower than the post-industrial era.Carbon Dioxide Makes Up More Of The Atmosphere Than In The Last 800,000 Years (The Free Library).
  5. What is the difference between adaptation and mitigation? A. Adaptation uses measures such as moving people away from flooded areas, to adapt to the impacts of Climate Change. Mitigation lowers the CO2 levels that cause Climate Change.
  6. What actions do you recommend for adaptation measures?
  7. What actions do you recommend for mitigation measures?
  8. What type of price on carbon do you recommend? Cap and Trade? Carbon Pricing? Why?
  9. What do you think is meant by a government’s “Duty of Care”? The “Precautionary Principle”?
  10. How would you use government regulations & enforcement to reduce emissions?
  11. How important is methane as a GHG? A. In the first two decades after its release, methane is 84 times more potent than carbon dioxide. We must address both types of emissions if we want to effectively reduce the impact of climate change. 25% of the manmade global warming we’re experiencing is caused by methane emissions. https://www.co2.earth/daily-co2
  12. What does “urban heat island effect” mean? A. In large cities, there are pocket regions that are much hotter than their surroundings. This can be caused by concrete surfaces, which can hold roughly 2,000 times as much heat as an equivalent volume of air. Wikipedia.
  13. What does “feedback loop” mean? https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2011/jan/05/climate-change-feedback-loops
  14. What do you see as roles for the municipal, provincial, and federal governments with respect to Climate Change action plans?
  15. What do you think of the (revised) motto, “Where there is a way, there is a will”? (Ken Dryden). Apply this statement to national, provincial, and municipal policies.
  16. Last October the IPCC issued a special report stating how little time we have left to address the climate crisis before it is too late. Do you know what they said? A. Reduce emissions by 45% before 2030 to avoid runaway feedback loops.
  17. Can you name any bylaws regarding emissions that are not being enforced?
  18. What do you think is the most important issue of our time?
  19. What is your target for reducing emissions?
  20. How much is Climate Change costing us (Canadians/North Americans/world) today? How much is CC predicted to cost by 2020, without effective action to reduce emissions?

The UN estimates that around 26 million people are pushed into poverty every year due to extreme weather events, 90% of which are linked to climate change.

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