One gets depressed watching American politics, where the Democrats pander to big coal and the Republicans are fighting renewable energy, or Canadian politics, where national parties are fracturing into regional self-interest. It is interesting to see that in other parts of the world, the Green Party is a real alternative. In Ireland, six members of the Green party have joined the government and will take two cabinet positions. According to the Economist, "As a result, the new administration is expected to support a more radical policy on climate change, including the introduction of a carbon tax which the outgoing administration had abandoned following pressure from business leaders. The government also agreed to carbon emissions reduction targets of 3% per year; to set up a commission on climate change; and to set more energy efficient standards for new buildings."
Perhaps its time for Greens in government over here. ::Economist