1993 (ca.) GCC “What the Experts Say About Global Climate Change”

This document is a Global Climate Coalition (GCC) brochure titled, “What The Experts Say About Global 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 brochure is split into five sections: “Scientific Consensus,” “Global cooling,” “Climate Modeling,” “A Prudent Response,” and “Economic Impact.” It is described by the GCC as highlighting “important aspects of the climate change issue through the words of scientists, economists and other experts who are deeply involved in various areas of the debate.” These “experts” included climate deniers frequently cited by the GCC such as Richard Lindzen, Robert Balling, and Fred Singer.

As seen in the following excerpts, the language of the brochure challenged climate change science and the need for action to address its consequences.

  1. “With a steady and compelling stream of evidence eroding support for forecasts of climate change apocalypse, however, climate scientists now largely discount predictions of drastic warming made by computer models designed to study climate dynamics.”
  2. “Nevertheless, policy makers have continued to move toward developing climate change mitigation strategies, despite the growing uncertainty among scientists.”
  3. “Today’s forecasts of a catastrophic warming resemble closely those made in the 1970s about global cooling. Claims about global cooling remind us of the uncertainties that complicate our understanding of climate change science. They also underscore the need to approach global warming with caution until science can truly justify drastic policy responses.”
  4. “The jury is clearly out on the validity of predictions of an enhanced greenhouse effect.”
  5. “The consensus among scientists, economists and policy makers is that until our understanding of climate change improves, the United States should avoid drastic action.”

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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