Truth is, there's already been actions taken regardless of what Washington thinks. Miami is elevating roads it is building. Energy efficiency in cars has gone up substantially because of Corporate Average Fuel Economy and consumer demands for fuel efficiency. Power companies have put in place a lot of incentives for people to replace old equipment with new, efficient or smart replacements. Power companies are also building wind turbines where they're feasible and adding capacity through natural gas instead of coal. The thing that inspired the "time to act" is charts like this: The things we could do to make this a nonissue, we're not doing.