Is a carbon tax a good idea? What the f*&^ is a cap-and-trade policy anyway? And why has the media—for the most part—abandoned its traditional role of trying to make sense of it all for us?

Perhaps the simple, unhappy answer is that our journalists are so busy reading the leavings in the bottom of the glass of this hour’s tracking poll results they don’t have time to sweat the small stuff, or consider writing about actual, meaningful issues, or deal with the boring bits like the future of the planet…

One of the few exceptions to this abysmal state of affairs is a relatively even-handed posting on the CBC’s Canada Votes site that outlines simply and clearly where each party stands on climate change, what it proposes to do about it, and the pros and cons of each policy… You can find it at: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canadavotes/issuesanalysis/climatechange.html.

If you want to explore the issue from less dispassionate, more clash-of-civilizations points of view, here are two other potentially useful links.

Nova Scotia environmental journalist Richard Levangie has launched Project ABC—Anything But Conservative, a web site intended to “focus attention on climate change, and the horrible policies of the Conservative Party of Canada.” Levangie isn’t touting one of the other opposition parties; he argues they’re all worth considering. “The truth is that all four opposition parties in Canada offer convincing policies for combating climate change,” he suggests. Any of them but not Harper...

His material-rich site (which is far more than an anti-Conservative screed) is at:http://anythingbutconservative.com/index.html

On the flip side of that coin is Eight Arguments Against a Carbon Tax, the product of the fine minds at the Canadian Centre for Policy Options, a right-wing think tank that claims “the Liberal (carbon tax) plan makes for poor policy and should be rejected.”

It should at least be read.

The link:http://policystudies.ca/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=193&Itemid=62

Happy reading!

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