And here's the word from the political world, as it appeared in The New York Times last Thursday: "The prospect of a comprehensive energy package's emerging from Congress this fall is rapidly receding, held up by technical hurdles and policy disputes between the House and the Senate and within the parties."
Which is why, on Nov. 3, Americans will gather at hundreds of sites around the country, places named for great leaders of the past: the top of Mt. Washington, the place where Teddy Roosevelt was inaugurated, the birthplace of Rachel Carson, the site of the Lincoln-Douglas debates, and many, many more. They'll ask that their political representatives join them (well, maybe not on top of Mt. Washington) and tell them exactly how they're planning to lead this fight -- how they're planning to cut carbon emissions, how they're planning to build a new energy economy, and how they're planning to put poor Americans to work in this economic transition.
We need you to help. We need you to organize one of these demonstrations in your community. It's easy to do -- last April we helped 1,400 American cities and towns organize rallies, large and small. If you come to stepitup07.org, we'll walk you through it and make you an organizer, even if you've never done anything like it.
In other words, we need our politicians to lead. But first we need you to lead them. If global warming has haunted you -- if you understand that we face trouble like we've never faced before -- then please join in.
Bill McKibben wrote the first book for a general audience about global warming, The End of Nature, way back in 1989. His new book is Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future .