| The Helena I-R is running an online poll that asks "Is the cap-and-trade legislation being discussed in Congress the best way to incentivize clean, renewable energy production?" I got sent this link because a friend of mine works for a clean energy group and I assume this individual wanted me to click "Yes" to indicate that Montanans support cap-and-trade.
Here's the thing, though, the fact that "stuffing" of these polls occurs indicates just what a waste of time they are.
Beyond that, I'm left frustrated because even though I do support cap-and-trade, I don't think it is the "best way" to incentivize clean, renewable energy production. That would be a carbon tax. The next best is probably something like cap-and-dividend (although it may be equivalent to cap-and-trade in terms of promoting clean energy).
But American policy debates, thanks in part to news organizations that spend resources running online polls instead of explaining the substance of policy (this is probably a bit of an unfair swipe at the I-R, but I'm feeling mean today), rarely allow us to get into a serious conversation about best policy options because we're too busy debating ridiculous shit like whether global warming is even occurring (science says yes*).
In short: BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.
* It says "yes" in science speak, of course, which sounds more like "with a high degree of certainty."