Climate change is often portrayed as a matter of the environment versus the economy.
The more we move to limit greenhouse gas emissions, the argument goes, the more we will sacrifice growth and jobs.
The Harper government uses that argument in a somewhat sly way.
It claims to be working to limit the emissions that cause global warming, but only in such a way as to not harm "the economy." In practical terms, that means doing almost nothing about greenhouse gas emissions.
There is another view, however, which is that climate change is not only bad for the health of the planet; it is also bad for the economy -- and not just in the future, but right now.
Obama routinely links economy to climate change