This document is the Global Climate Coalition’s (GCC) April 1993 Climate Watch Bulletin (Volume 1 Issue 5). The bulletins were a part of GCC’s larger mission to oppose greenhouse gas regulations and contest the scientific validity of anthropogenic climate change through direct engagement and collaboration with affiliated climate deniers. Its membership spanned across the automotive, utility, manufacturing, petroleum, and mining industries. The bulletins generally updated readers on climate change policy and science developments.
In this issue, the Executive Director’s column titled, “Albright Signals Review of U.S. Policy,” focused on the Clinton administration’s approach to U.S. commitments on climate change, wary of U.S. efforts to reduce emissions. The column articulated the GCC’s belief that “it is important to have an open exchange with the administration,” stating that the GCC had “approached the State Department to request an opportunity to comment on any new government analysis of climate change policy.” The GCC participated in the March 1993 meeting of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC) “at the invitation of the State Department,” represented by “Connie Holmes, chair of the GCC International Committee.” The GCC’s influence over the State Department’s approach to climate policy continued for many years, including a 2001 meeting with State Department Undersecretary Paula Dobriansky in which Dobriansky openly solicited the GCC’s guidance on what would be an acceptable “international alternative to Kyoto.”
The issue also includes information about an upcoming “conference to explore scientific integrity and public policy,” centered around wanting to “ensure the integrity of those to whom our policy makers are looking for direction” on climate policy. Among the speakers scheduled for the event were Fred Singer and Richard Lindzen, both industry-funded scientists who have questioned and denied the science of climate change for decades.
This issue also contained the following pieces: “GCC Cites Keys to Economic Growth and Environmental Improvement,” “U.N. Watchdog Agency Set to Oversee Compliance with Rio Accords,” “Update from the EC,” and “Global Commission Plans Report Addressing Environmental Action Beyond Rio.”
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