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Media Advisory For:
EMS Press Breakfast -- May 20, 1997
For More Information:
Dianne Saenz or Charles Miller
202-822-5200
Fenton Communications,
Jon Coifman, EMS, 202-463-6670

"TRUTH FOR SALE" SKEWS GLOBAL WARMING DEBATE
Pulitzer Winner Unveils Industry Efforts to Buy Science "Facts"

The stunning contrast between the clear scientific consensus on global warming and confusion in Congress and the media is the result of a systematic campaign by oil and coal companies to stall action, documented by Pulitzer-winning journalist Ross Gelbspan in his new book, The Heat Is On: The High Stakes Battle Over Earth's Threatened Climate (Addison Wesley, May 1997, hardcover/$23.00).

"In the United States the truth underlying the increasingly apparent changes in global climate has largely been kept out of public view. As a result, what most Americans know about global warming is obsolete and untrue," Gelbspan writes. "The reason is that the oil and coal industries have spent millions to persuade them that global warming isn't happening."

Please join Ross Gelbspan for an EMS press breakfast:

9:00 A.M., Tuesday, May 20 Old Ebbitt Grill (Downstairs Dining Room) 675 15th Street, N.W., Washington

Gelbspan unmasks the attacks by climate change "skeptics," revealing their false arguments, their financial ties to industry, and their influence on key legislators, who have slashed federal climate research budgets. Skeptics' testimony has helped stall U.S. action on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and could help derail climate treaty talks later this year.

The book also details the campaign of diplomatic sabotage by OPEC nations to block limits on burning oil and coal. Gelbspan shows how Donald Pearlman -- a former Reagan/Bush official and now a partner in a Washington lobbying firm -- functioned behind the scenes as the parliamentary quarterback for the OPEC delegations, directing their efforts to hamstring international climate talks.

Gelbspan is a 31-year veteran of daily journalism for the Boston Globe, The Washington Post, the Village Voice and other publications, has covered environmental issues since 1972. He won the Pulitzer Prize in 1984 at the Globe.

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