1998 GCC “Environmental Showdown”

This 1998 document from the Global Climate Coalition (GCC) addressed the Clinton Administration’s efforts to enact climate policy, specifically, the Kyoto Protocol. The document attacks what it called an “attempt to implement the Kyoto Protocol through the back door,” citing congressional opposition to the treaty.

Key headlines include:

  1. “Congress and the Clinton Administration are preparing for the environmental showdown of 1998- implementation of the Kyoto Protocol on global climate change.”
  2. “The Administration is on the record saying it does not need to wait for ratification.”
  3. “Leading members of Congress- from each party- oppose implementation of the Kyoto Protocol until the Senate debates its provisions and impacts and votes for ratification.”
  4. “Contrary to Eizenstat’s assurances, the Administration is clearly taking steps to implement the Kyoto Protocol through the back door. Its fingerprints are everywhere.”
  5. “At least 31 state legislatures are acting to prevent implementation of the Kyoto Protocol at the state level until the Senate consents.”

The GCC was an industry-funded organization that 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.

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

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