If 10 people start cycling tomorrow, 10 less cars go on the road. That already keeps many thousands of dollars away from oil and car lobbies.
No personal action is better suited for this purpose than cycling. It's impact, even on a small scale, is dramatic and immediate. If 10 people start cycling tomorrow, 10 less cars go on the road. That already keeps many thousands of dollars away from oil and car lobbies. What's more, this impact scales easily because one can start cycling with very little money, legislation, or even collective cooperation. Finally, cycling scaled massively produces demand and lobby dollars for healthier new goods, services, and infrastructure projects.
Waiting for legislators to effect fundamental change on anything without tangible support (e.g. money) is a lost cause. Legislators don't lead. At best, they just reflect public sentiment. Consequently, it is up to each of us to collectively show them the way. If we did, a lot of this energy legislation might not even be necessary.