Few mayors keep vow to cut pollution.
It's still early, and most towns say grander changes will come. But a survey by The Record last week found the communities haven't taken many steps to cut the heat-trapping gases they condemned. They have company. Despite predictions by scientists of stronger hurricanes, deeper droughts and other potential calamities, a recent study found major cities across the United States are making little headway with similar promises. The slow starts are a reminder of how many factors -- such as the nation's energy policy and auto efficiency standards -- are out of the hands of even the most ambitious towns.