It's very telling that, when the ACF and Union Climate Connectors came to Canberra last week, a number of the grassroots campaigners they brought with them were shocked to discover that they were being asked to campaign for the CPRS, not against it. They thought they had been brought to Canberra to campaign for real climate action, not for the Rudd Government's pretence of action.

A handful of environmentalists, nevertheless, along with a not inconsiderable number of Labor Party supporters, still argue that the CPRS is a step in the right direction. I often wonder what these people will think when, if the bill passes this week, there is a flurry of new investment in coal infrastructure in WA, Queensland, Victoria and NSW.