1993 GCC Clinton Administration’s Climate Mitigation News Release and Attachments

This Global Climate Coalition (GCC) news release covered forthcoming Clinton Administration moves to address climate change. 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 GCC wrote, “[t]he White House is expected to release shortly key elements of its strategy to prevent so-called ‘global warming’ by reducing greenhouse gas emissions.” The GCC highlighted its capacity to be the voice of U.S. industry.

The document also included a bio of then Executive Director John Shlaes and a general overview of the coalition. Shlaes was appointed to the GCC’s Executive Director in 1992. He previously was director of government relations at the Edison Electric Institute (EEI). EEI is a utility trade group behind climate denial efforts, notably its 1991 “Information Council on the Environment” media campaign.

The overview of the GCC stated that, the “GCC agrees with a growing number of scientists who point out that these climate models… can neither confirm that global warming is occurring now or predict future climate changes. While some minor climate changes have been suggested, it has yet to be determined whether these are the a [sp] result of natural forces (like solar flares), human activity, natural long-term climate cycles or a combination of all of these factors.”

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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