I have little hope that we can avert the problem. Per capita American energy usage is 5 times the world's, twice Europe's. Our energy usage is, surprisingly, more carbon intensive than the world's. It is a sad country where Obama's position is a subject of mockery, when a mildly objective consideration of the facts indicates that it is perhaps, on the American spectrum, perhaps the farthest "right" that should be included in political discourse (using common American political positions - to my mind, real conservatives should be Roosevelt-style conservationists).
Do the math, kids. Cut your energy usage now.