Deafening Silence Greets Bush’s Call for Voluntary Pollution Cuts

Two years in, President Bush’s “Climate Leaders” program — a call for commitments from companies to voluntarily cut their greenhouse gas emissions by 10 percent or more within a decade — has seen only 50 of the thousands of polluting companies in the U.S. sign up, and of those only 14 have set concrete goals. Many of the nation’s most egregious polluters have shown no interest in the program because, well, it would actually oblige them to spend money on cleaning up. And most of the “leaders” are companies that have been participating in voluntary environmental programs for years.