remember, tuesday is soylent green day
And where were the Soylent Green execs? Because its made of people!
The chief executives of 10 major organizations, on the eve of the State of the Union address, urged President Bush on Monday to support mandatory reductions in climate-changing pollution and establish reductions targets.
"We can and must take prompt action to establish a coordinated, economy-wide market-driven approach to climate protection," the executives from a broad range of industries said in a letter to the president.
Bush, who in the past has rejected mandatory controls on carbon dioxide and other "greenhouse" gases, was expected to address climate change in his State of the Union speech Tuesday night, but has repeatedly argued that voluntary efforts are the best approach.
Major industry groups such as the Chamber of Commerce and National Association of Manufacturers continue to oppose so-called "cap and trade" proposals to cut climate changing pollution, mainly carbon dioxide from burning fossil fuels.
But the 10 executives, representing major utilities, aluminum and chemical companies and financial institutions, said mandatory reductions are needed and that "the cornerstone of this approach" should be a cap-and-trade system.
The officials, expected to elaborate on their plan at a news conference later Monday, include the chief executives Alcoa Inc., PB America, DuPont, Caterpillar Inc., General Electric, and Duke Energy.
In the letter they urged Congress to enact legislation "to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions."
My guess is that this little summit has a great deal to do with pressure from the international community. American intrasingence may be making business abroad difficult for these corpos.
UPDATE: Though often venal and/or inhuman, CEOS as a rule aren't dumb, and are quite capable of recognizing the proverbial writing on the proverbial wall.