Two policies that have been proposed are cap-and-trade and carbon taxes. While doing some reading on the weekend I found an interesting point raised in the editorial pages of the Toronto Sun. Speaking about these programs, one of the last lines of the editorial summed it up perfectly:
What will they do? Raise taxes and our cost of living through higher consumer prices, with Big Business and Big Government dividing up the cash between them like crooks after a bank job.
That really made me think about things in a larger context. These programs do not really move us to a different economic/industrial model but simply make the current one more expensive. I don't know why I was so surprised but I felt silly and swindled at the same time. I suppose the argument could be made that something needs to be done to transition but as more time goes by without much changing I become more skeptical.