1993 GCC “Position Statement and Recommendations on the U.S. National Action Plan”

This document is a 1993 Global Climate Coalition (GCC) report that provides a position statement and recommendations by the organization on the U.S. National Action Plan for Global Climate change.

In this report, the GCC emphasized the uncertainty of climate change science and advocated against policy action more than “voluntary action.” The GCC stated that, “A commitment to a specific goal, such as stabilization of net greenhouse gas emissions, is not justified by the state of the science, nor are there adequate mechanisms in place on an international basis to support it.”

The GCC also downplayed the potential consequence of climate change stating that “historical records indicate that the climate has always been highly variable and that natural ecosystems have adapted to past natural climate changes. There is no reason to believe that mankind will not have to continue to adapt to future climate variability, regardless of the cause of 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.

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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