1992 Shlaes Appointed GCC Executive Director

This document is a January 24, 1992 article published in The Energy Daily titled, “Climate Coalition’s Shlaes Seeks Major Role In Global, Domestic Greenhouse Debates.” The article covers the Global Climate Coalition and its Executive Director, John Shlaes. The industry-funded GCC opposed greenhouse gas regulations through direct engagement and collaboration with affiliated climate deniers from 1989 to 2002. Its membership spanned across the automotive, utility, manufacturing, petroleum, and mining industries.

The article highlighted the GCC’s main objective as an organization: to influence climate policy negotiations. Other insights include background on Shlaes’ previous employment and the GCC’s relationship with the National Association of Manufacturers.  

Key excerpts:

  1. “‘Still, the coalition will be involved in both the national and international negotiations on global warming,’ he adds. ‘Business should be a deliberant in the [international] debate … since the outcome will have a significant impact on the community’s future operations. The coalition also will be actively involved in the domestic legislative debate,’ he says.”  
  2. “In addition, the United Nations likely will become more important as a focal point for these debates. The coalition hopes to participate in this transition. ‘We’re not a one-shot group,’ he adds.”
  3. “Initially, the coalition will be housed in offices at the National Association of Manufacturing. Although Shlaes has been selected to head the coalition, at press time the [Edison Electric Institute] executive still had not signed the contract offered him by the group’s board of directors.”

This document is part of the private collection of Nicky Sundt, a Washington-based climate change science, policy and communications expert.

Interested in more GCC documents? See more in the full Global Climate Coalition collection.

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