The Global Climate Coalition has been deactivated. The
industry voice on climate change has served its purpose by contributing
to a new national approach to global warming.
The Bush administration will soon announce a climate policy
that is expected to rely on the development of new technologies
to reduce greenhouse emissions, a concept strongly supported
by the GCC.
The coalition also opposed Senate ratification of the Kyoto
Protocol that would assign such stringent targets for lowering
greenhouse gas emissions that economic growth in the U. S. would
be severely hampered and energy prices for consumers would skyrocket.
The GCC also opposed the treaty because it does not require
the largest developing countries to make cuts in their emissions.
At this point, both Congress and the Administration agree
that the U.S. should not accept the mandatory cuts in emissions
required by the protocol.
eyes ‘super’ ships to help cut CO2 emissions
TOKYO, Jan. 10 (Asahi Shimbun) - The
Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport plans to build special
freight vessels and cut the transportation load on trucks to reduce
greenhouse gas emissions by 1 million tons by 2010, ministry sources
Japan cools on climate pact
Jan. 3 (BBC) - Japan is reported to be planning to relax its commitment
to tackling climate change. More.
only slightly warmer than average: Study
HUNTSVILLE, Ala., Jan. 10 (UniSci) - The 2001 calendar year was slightly
warmer than "average," according to global climate data
gathered by instruments aboard NOAA satellites. More.
Amazon trees gain mass, puzzle scientists
WASHINGTON, Dec. 13 (National Geographic) - Research
has shown that mature forest trees in the Amazon have gained in
size over the last 20 years, but scientists aren’t sure what’s causing
it. Nor do they know what affect it might have on global warming,
although tropical forests in the Amazon are an important component
in the global climate and water cycle.
keeps its cool, making winter mild
CHICAGO, Dec. 13 (Sun-Times) -
Move over, El Nino and La Nina. Make room for a new phrase in the
weather lexicon: Arctic Oscillation. That’s the phenomenon responsible
for the unseasonably warm, near-record-breaking unsnowy weather
the Chicago area has been enjoying.
Scientists unsure of absorption
SAN FRANCISCO, Dec.
13 (Associated Press) - Scientists are uncertain how much of the
carbon dioxide given off naturally each year within the North American
ecosystem is reabsorbed by that system, complicating calculations
of the net effect of human activities on emissions of the greenhouse
report details Kyoto Protocol impacts
This report summarizes the major
findings from four recent studies of the economic impact of greenhouse
gas emissions limitations if the Kyoto Protocol were legally binding
on the United States. The analysis by the GCC Economics Committee
focuses on Employment, Economic Activity, Carbon Prices and Permit
Trading, Energy Prices, Energy Demand, and the Electricity Sector.
report (requires free Adobe
GCC statement: New
technologies are most important in addressing climate
release of the U.N. Summary for Policymakers on the science of climate
change reinforces the need for a voluntary program to develop new
technologies for the worldwide reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.
progress is being made with new technologies, energy efficiency
and conservation and innovative government/industry partnerships
in virtually every industrial sector.
than focus on guesses of where we’ll be in 100 years, our focus
must be on innovations and new technologies that offer unlimited
potential for addressing concerns about climate change.
annual inventory of voluntary actions
Cool on Global Warming
should tune out the alarmists. We should keep the human effect in
perspective. We should remember that climate change is natural.
Mostly, we shouldn't panic.
this article in
Warming: A guide to the science
Sallie Baliunas, the distinguished Harvard astrophysicist, and
Dr. Willie Soon are the co-authors of Global Warming: A Guide
to the Science, a new book that refutes the widespread belief
that increased industrial activity is causing potentially catastrophic
the book online at
of the Congress
Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-SD), joined by Sen. Jeff Bingaman
(D-NM), recently introduced S.1766, “The Energy Policy Act of 2002,”
which includes a number of claims on global warming. The National
Center for Public Policy Research uses scientific studies to refute
the claims made in S.1766’s Section 1001, “Sense of Congress on
Read this commmentary
Public Policy Research
Climate Action Agenda
for the 21st Century
change is a long-term, global issue and policies to address climate
concerns must be designed for the long-term by all nations. It
is imperative that climate policies focus on responsible voluntary
actions, including further research, innovation and deployment
of current and potential future technologies in developed and
developing nations. Unrealistic targets and timetables, such as
those called for under the Kyoto Protocol, are not achievable
without severely harming the U.S. economy and all American families,
workers, seniors and children. A new approach to climate policy
Global Warming on the Hot Seat
at a meeting of the American Geophysical Union are uncertain about
how much carbon dioxide given off naturally is reabsorbed into
the North American ecosystem.
Defense Fund: "There is a strong likelihood of considerably
wetter winters and springs. We also anticipate the possibility
for increased variability - a series of wet years followed by
dry years - as well as an overall increase in El Niño-type conditions."
William Sprigg, atmospheric chemist, University of Arizona:
"I'm suspicious of statements like that. The average warming
of the globe doesn't allow us to say what's going to happen
in individual places."
Dr. John Christy, climate researcher, University of Alabama:
"Reports like this are filled with ifs, maybes and coulds. What
we do know is that the climate varies naturally."
Prof. F. Sherwood Rowland, atmospheric chemist and Nobel
Laureate, University of California, Irvine: "The combination
of things that might happen due to global warming make it worth
trying to slow its effects now. But climate models are limited
about what they can say will happen."
June 19, 2001