Major corporations and environmental groups on Friday announced what they called an "unprecedented alliance" to push for quicker action against global warming ? urging lawmakers to pass mandatory curbs on carbon emissions, in contrast to President Bush's voluntary approach. In a statement, the 10 U.S.-based companies and four environmental groups called for mandatory reductions of greenhouse gas emissions, including those from power plants, transportation and buildings. Called the U.S. Climate Action Partnership, the group includes aluminum giant Alcoa, BP America, Caterpillar, DuPont, General Electric, Lehman Brothers and four utilities with a big stake in climate policy: Duke Energy, FPL Group, PG&E and PNM Resources. ( is a joint venture of Microsoft and GE's NBC Universal unit.) For the full story: Click Here .

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