1993 GCC Voluntary Emissions Report News Release

This October 1993 Global Climate Coalition (GCC) news release was titled, “New Study Shows Major Reduction In Carbon Dioxide Emissions By U.S. Industry.” The industry-funded GCC paid for  this report as a part of its larger efforts to oppose 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. In this news release, the group used the report as evidence to regulators that “[c]learly, progress can be achieved without government mandates.”

The report “shows that while the economy grew by almost 50 percent between 1974 and 1988, U.S. industry actually reduced carbon dioxide emissions…by up to 37 percent.” GCC Executive Director John Shlaes concluded that the report, “has direct implications for the policy debate between the White House and Congress as they continue to discuss the President’s Climate Action Plan.”

The GCC delivered Senate testimony on President Clinton’s Climate Action plan in November 1993, reflecting the same principles. Some of this material was included in a 1994 GCC packet of membership and background information.

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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