1996 GCC “A Review of Economic Impacts of AOSIS-Type Proposals to Limit Carbon Dioxide Emissions”

In May 1996, the Global Climate Coalition (GCC) released the following report, titled “A Review of Economic Impacts of AOSIS-Type Proposals to Limit Carbon Dioxide Emissions.” This report supported GCC’s repeated assertions that action on climate change would have deleterious effects on the global economy. 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.

In this report, GCC attacked the climate change protocol proposed by the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS), which suggested developed nations limit their carbon dioxide emissions to 20 percent below 1990 levels by 2005. GCC claimed that if the proposal, or similar proposals, were adopted, GDP losses would amount to 3-3.5% in the US and 0.7-2% in other developed nations. GCC also attacked the proposal for excluding developing nations from reducing carbon emissions.

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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