I think a lot of people subconsciously do not want to admit this is a huge problem. They believe it will not effect them in their lifetime and/or a "miraculous" invention will come along to clean up environment, become available in time that we do not need fossil fuels.
Not to mention a lot of right wing people and governments do not believe Global Warming is true, even though there is ample evidence of that it is true and a reality, but they will not see it.
All they see is now and money money money. For example Bush, Cheney,Harper, Klein, big oil executives, big auto executives etc to name a few. Not to mention all the other politicians that get money for election campaigns, from cooperations. The big oil and big auto have powerful lobbyist as well to keep the status quo.
It seems money before people and the environment is the current mentality and that has to change or we are doomed as a species and planet.
This is a very serious issue not just for environment but world peace as well, as the closer we get to running out of oil, the bigger countries, will play bullies and take the oil they need from countries that can not defend themselves for their own use and will do it by military force if they have to.
Something has to be done before it is too late.
I think all new houses should have to have solar panels, windmills and technology to heat homes via thermal power, installed and the Federal Government should allow people to write off the cost of solar panels, windmills, and thermal heating, same goes for people who want to upgrade their homes to windmill, thermal heating or solar panel technology.
(The only problem I see with that is, will governments have motivation to do this or want to loose money from sales of electricity and/or oil and gas?, I would hope not)
I also think all appliance, furnace, hot water tank (hopefully with a blanket or heated via solar power), new energy efficient windows, energy efficient light bulbs wtc should be pst and gst exempt. I also think the Feds should give people a one time $10,000 grant to go towards upgrading their home to make it more environmental friendly and efficient.
Furthermore I would like to see various governments force utility providers to use Windmills and tidal power instead of dams, to provide power to people.
Regarding vehicles, I say Federal governments of this world should pass laws stating no vehicle produced after 2010 can run on dirty fossil fuels. They have to be propane, natural gas, hydrogen, electricity, solar powered or any other green fuel. We have the technology to do this, but not the will as big oil and auto control too many politicians.
It is really sad greedy cooperations have so much pull but people need to rise up and let politicians know we will not put up with this crap and bs anymore. The time for action is now not later. Politicians will not change unless they have to. Protesting and civil disobedience like shutting down major highways and bridges for a few hours or a day is a way to get attention to the cause.
More money needs to be spent on Light Rail so it can be expanded, more environmentally friendly public transit buses with better service to get people out of their vehicles.
If we do nothing in a few decades this will not be a pretty world. We are our own worst enemy and we really need to start repairing and preventing any further damage now as once it is too late, it will be too late to do anything.