1996 Global Climate Coalition: An Overview

This November 1996 document provides an overview of the Global Climate Coalition’s (GCC) position on climate change and provides insight into their lobbying and government engagement efforts.  The Global Climate Coalition was an industry-led group that opposed greenhouse gas regulation through direct lobbying, funding of right-wing front groups, and other tactics.  It’s members included the National Association of Manufacturers, American Petroleum Institute, Ford Motor Company, and fossil fuel companies.  This document shows the GCC engaging in double-speak by claiming that climate change is real but that too much uncertainty exists to show that it is more than “part of a natural warming trend which began nearly 400 years ago.”  As in other GCC publications, it cherry picks statements from credible scientific sources to create doubt and yet promotes business involvement in the solution to climate change.  See this New York Times article for more context about the GCC.

 

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