06/12/2008 04:26 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Lawmakers in the Dark

It's evident to almost anyone -- more and more Americans are taking steps in their own lives to reduce energy use and tackle global warming as best they can. Even private companies are coming aboard, seeing the economic benefits of going green. But one group refuses to see to see the light.

And that's lawmakers who are resisting the science and refusing to tackle our growing energy crisis and climate change.

As the year has gone by, it's become obvious. It's not enough for us to change lightbulbs, we need to do more. That's why this week the Sierra Club is launching Lightbulbs to Leadership, a new on-line, video-driven campaign. Through the videos, a call for higher fuel-efficiency standards, and lightbulb jokes submitted by the public, we're telling those officials that it's time to change direction on global warming and catch up with the people.

It won't be an easy fight. That was blatantly visible last week when Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell -- one of the four "in the dark" senators featured in our video -- decided that it would be in the people's interest to spend nine hours reading word by word the 491 pages of the Lieberman-Warner climate security act. We saw it again earlier this week when Senate Republicans blocked a series of commonsense first steps towards real solutions to our energy crisis by using procedural tricks to prevent the Senate from even beginning debate on not one, but two bills to address high energy prices and promote clean energy.

Americans are ready. People everywhere are changing their lightbulbs. But, unfortunately, that isn't enough. Without bold, urgent, serious action from our leaders, we will all remain in the dark.

The biggest single step we can take right now to cut global warming pollution is to improve the fuel economy of our cars -- and to do it on a much faster timeline than the Bush Administration wants. The Administration doesn't seem to have noticed that gasoline is over $4/gallon. They are regulating fuel efficiency as if it were way down at $2.40 a gallon. Of course, if we had improved fuel efficiency a decade ago, gasoline might still cost $2.40 a gallon. It's called supply and demand -- but Bush doesn't get it. Or maybe, being an oil man, he does.

Click here to tell Detroit to speed it up, and get more involved with Lightbulbs to Leadership.