And it also highlights how ineffective the political response has been to that looming threat: Bush obviously has done next to nothing about the climate problem and the energy alternatives we need to pursue to mitigate it, but the Democrats are little better - fearful as always that the American public's attachment to SUV's will kill them if they even suggest such necessary measures as higher gas taxes, for instance.
The satirical Onion (warning: 18 and over) had a hilarious "story" on Bush's plans here a couple of weeks ago: "Bush Vows to Eliminate U.S. Dependence on Oil by 4920".
Note the comments from General Motors and Exxon-Mobil - "Some industrialists, particularly major auto manufacturers, expressed reservation over Bush's initiative".
So what can we do to move things along? Will it really take a third party, "perhaps one comprising robots or super-intelligent, genetically engineered man-beasts" as the Onion suggests, to help keep the world livable?