I have long argued that were leftist governments (including our very own Kevin '07 - notwithstanding its aversion to the label) paying more than just lip service to environmentalism, they would act aggressively to implement a carbon tax. Yet, they have not. Dithering has been their hallmark. Consider Britain. Or Australia. That's because, when the average bloke on the street has to put his money on the line, he smells a snake oil salesman. Increasing the price of energy is not a winner it seems.
So what explains the public's discomfort or reluctance, in the face of a 600% increase in crude oil prices over the last decade and a war against jihadists funded by oil sheikhs, to support development of oil fields in their own nations?