Today I wear black. I am mourning the loss of conscience and decency in the United States government. (At this rate, I'll be wearing more black than Queen Victoria.) The aforementioned legislative body has recently committed yet another atrocity, this one environmental in nature.
The US Senate recently passed a bill that would allow oil companies to begin drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. ANWR is one of the most pristine wildlife habitats remaining on earth. The bill still needs to go through the House of Reps, but that's controlled by the Republicans too. This is how W is spending the "political capitol" he was talking about after the most recent innaguration.
It's probably not much, but it's better than nothing. Check out Senator Barbara Boxer's Pac for Change. From this website you can very easily send emails to the CEOs of 5 major oil companies. The email threatens to boycott any companies that drill in ANWR. Now, if all 5 of the them drill, we're pretty much SOL. But if one or two drill and watch their sales plummet, the message will get across. It will serve as a deterent to the others, who will be watching their sales rise as a result. It takes about 10 seconds and 3 clicks of your mouse to do this.
After you've done that, one more click will let you download hard copies of the letters, with your name and address already at the top, looking very professional and snazzy. Download them, print them, sign them, and pop them in the post. Smile at the mental image of all those big rich boys' desks being buried in protest mail, and then follow though on your word. When you see on the news that ExxonMobil is drilling in ANWR, go buy BP instead. All these people care about is money, and that's all they'll listen to. Tell them loud and clear with your wallets that new drilling is not the solution to global energy problems.