The US mid-term elections brought the global climate campaign to its knees, but as November drew to a close we in Australia got the most promising signal for a long time that our own national leadership is beginning to take climate policy seriously.
Despite conservative hysteria about the effects of a carbon price on the economy, the fact is that the amounts of money in question aren't that big in the context of the federal budget, much less the U.S. economy.
Whether you're terrified of the awful power the U.S. EPA could wield or ecstatic it might pick up where Congress failed with the climate bill, the first hints of what it plans to do are likely to please no one.
If we get over the idea that we have to have the world's most expensive military by a factor of seven, and that how we treat the richest should revert to the 1890s, solving the budget is not so terrible.
An invitation to participate in Barack Obama's Town Hall forum arrived in my inbox; I was to show up at 9 AM sharp. But afterward, I couldn't help but feel sad and a bit used. And I imagined Obama felt the same way.