1997 GCC White House Meeting and STAC Conference Call

This document reflects the Global Climate Coalition’s (GCC) Science and Technology Assessment Committee (STAC) July 1997 conference call and meeting at the White House. It was submitted, along with other GCC documents, during discovery in Green Mtn. Chrysler Plymouth Dodge Jeep v. Crombie and Central Valley Chrysler-Jeep, Inc. v. Witherspoon.

I. Conference Call Summary

The conference call summary highlights STAC’s work with Fred Singer, the American Council of Science and Health (ACSH), and Bob Davis, all organizations and individuals that deny the science and impacts of climate change. STAC solicited a paper from ACSH on “the health effects of potential climate change” to “be circulated to STAC members if it is of sufficient quality to warrant committee review,” and from Davis, a paper “on climate change and extreme weather events.” Meanwhile, STAC sought to confirm Singer’s conclusion about historical climate volatility in order to “counter the IPCC claim that climate will change faster in the next 100 years than anytime in the last 10,000 years.”

II. White House Meeting

Lenny Bernstein, representing, Mobil Oil and the GCC, attended a 75-minute meeting with President Clinton, Vice President Al Gore, EPA Administrator Carol Browner, a number of administration members, and industry and NGO representatives. Six scientists presented on the scientific basis supporting climate change. Bernstein’s memo recounting the meeting to STAC took special note of the calls for immediate action from the administration and its concerns about the risks of inaction.
The GCC continued to voice its opinion to government officials until at least 2001, eventually influencing President George W. Bush, “in part,” to reject the Kyoto Protocol.

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

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