Table: Where There's Smoke...
Evidence that human activity causes global warming is ever more convincing, and many executives feel that curbs are inevitable
Leaders warn that climate backtracking will sour transatlantic relations and could damage the Bush agenda on missile defense, NATO, and trade.
Multinationals like Dupont and Alcoa worry that other countries might move ahead on climate change without the U.S., thus hurting competitiveness.
They've kicked off a nationwide letter-writing campaign and vow that voters will punish Bush and the Republicans in the 2002 election.
Bipartisan legislation to curb CO2 emissions is in the works. Moderate Republicans worry that stonewalling on climate could hurt their reelection chances.