When asked which global threat would impact them the most over the next few years and decades, forty-six percent of British Columbians ranked climate change ahead of terrorism, disease outbreak, energy shortages and nuclear proliferation. That public opinion polling, conducted by Ipsos-Reid Corp. last Feburary, suggests we're scared of such change. So here's a question for the commentariat to consider: if that's the case, shouldn't the Campbell administration be working to comfort those concerned about global warming? Encouraging "environmentally-conscious behaviours" may be laudable. But wouldn't it be more politically astute of the Liberals to consider introducing and promoting measures that will ensure British Columbians are protected from the worst material consequences of climate change? Just asking.
May 21, 2008