1997 Newspaper Advertisements by ClimateFacts.org, Global Climate Coalition, trade associations and unions

These advertisements were placed in the Washington Post and New York Times in 1997 during the negotiation process of the December meeting of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change which would result in the Kyoto Protocol. A set of New York Times ads were preserved on PolluterWatch several years ago. The industry-funded Global Climate Coalition (GCC) opposed international and domestic greenhouse gas regulations through a variety of tactics including these advertisement

The GCC membership included multiple industrial trade groups and corporations in the automotive, utility, manufacturing, petroleum, and mining industries.

Many of the newspaper ads list the GCC as one of the organizations who “paid for” the ads. In addition, many of the other trade associations that paid for the ads were also members of GCC at the time (i.e. the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, American Petroleum Institute, Edison Electric Institute, National Association of Manufacturers, Alliance of Automobile ManufacturersCoalition for Vehicle Choice, and National Mining Association).

While one of the NY Times advertisements is solely attributed to the GCC, “Don’t Risk Our Economic Future,” other ads were part of other collaborative campaigns such as ClimateFacts.org, run by another communications pop-up called Global Climate Information Project which peppered the Washington Post with ads late in 1997 just before the Kyoto meeting.

A. Philip Randolph Insitute, American Automobile Manufacturers Association, American Corn Growers Association, American Farm Bureau Federation, American International Automobile Dealers Association, American Iron and Steel Institute, American Petroleum Institute, American Plastics Counsel, American Portland Cement Alliance, American Sheep Industry Association, American Trucking Associations, Association of American Railroads, The Center for Energy and Economic Development, Chemical Manufacturers Association, Coalition for Vehicle Choice, Edison Electric Institute, The Fertilizer Institute, Global Climate Coalition, National Association of Farmer Elected Committees, National Association of Manufacturers, National Automobile Dealers Association, National Black Chamber of Commerce, Inc., The National Cattleman's Beef Association, National Farmers Union, National Grange, National Mining Association, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, The Seniors Coalition, The Small Business Survival Committee, Texas Conference of Black Mayors, Inc., United Brotherhood of Carpenters AFL-CIO, United Mine Workers of America AFL-CIO, United Stated Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, United Transportation Union AFL-CIO, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Another ad placed in the Post earlier in 1997 has no lead organization listed and simply has list a series of trade associations that sponsored the ad. We really do not know what entity lead these efforts or paid the bills.

American Automobile Manufacturers Association, American Farm Bureau Federation, American Highway Users Alliance, American Iron and Steel Institute, American Petroleum Institute, American Road and Transportation Builders Association, Edison Electric Institute, National Grange, National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association, National Mining Association, United Agribusiness League, United Mineworkers of America - AFL/CIO, The Association of American Railroads, The Fertilizer Institute

“Don’t Risk Our Economic Future”

“Not Global, Won’t Work”

“Kyoto Cools Economy”

Washington Post Advertisements 1997

Interested in more GCC documents? See more in the full Global Climate Coalition collection.

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