This document is the Global Climate Coalition’s (GCC) 1995 March/April Climate Watch Bulletin. The bulletins generally updated readers on climate change policy and science developments. 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.
This issue’s “Global Temperature Report” cites the work of John Christy, a regular scientific spokesman for the climate denial network, to make the claim that global average temperatures “continued a nine-month pattern of random wandering around seasonal averages.” Just a few months after this issue was published, the GCC’s Science and Technology Assessment Committee acknowledged the scientific consensus of climate change while explaining how uncertainty could still be stated.
In the Executive Director’s Column, John Shlaes demonstrates industry’s great concern over the Berlin Mandate — an agreement by the signatories to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change that existing efforts to mitigate climate change were insufficient and that future negotiations should work towards binding targets. The US delegation was firmly opposed to these emissions reductions targets, as were most members of The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries. The GCC lobbied vigorously against the US committing to any binding targets. Shlaes contrasted concerns raised by small island states about rising sea levels flooding with the “several serious issues” put on the table by the European Union “that could have a profound effect on the U.S. economy.”
This issue also contained the following pieces:
- Economic, Energy and Trade Impacts Must Be Determined
- WMO Report On Climate Change In 1994 Confirms No Increase In Weather Anomalies
- German Greens Want More Taxes
- Emissions Decline In Japan and U.K.
- Meteorologist Slays Greenhouse “Monster”
Nature Takes Control of CO2 Emissions Rates
- Reducing Climate Change Mitigation Costs By Half
- Utility’s Forest Carbon Management Program In High Gear
- Future Technologies Key To CO2 Reductions Effort
This document is part of the private collection of Nicky Sundt, a Washington-based climate change science, policy and communications expert.
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