This web site is a project of the Cooler Heads Coalition, a sub-group
of the National Consumer Coalition.
The Cooler Heads
Coalition formed May 6, 1997 to dispel the myths of global warming
by exposing flawed economic, scientific, and risk analysis. Coalition
members will also follow the progress of the international Global
Climate Change Treaty negotiations.
is paid for and maintained by Consumer
For more information,
read the Cooler
Heads Coalition brochure.
the National Consumer Coalition
Consumer Coalition was formed by Consumer Alert in late 1996
as an on-going coalition of market-oriented national and state-level
policy and activist groups, which focus on consumer issues in the
policy arena. Jointly representing over 2,000,000 individuals, the
NCC currently includes 24 member groups. The NCC is coordinated
by Fran Smith, Consumer Alert's executive director, and the NCC's
issue work is done by its sub-groups of which three have already
formed. Each sub-group focuses on a specific issue, such as internet
privacy, global climate change, and health care, and includes experts
from the member organizations who study that issue.
Since many NCC
mambers are non-profit, non-partisan 501(c)(3) organizations, NCC
does not engage in lobbying. NCC promotes broad educational activities,
and members have submitted comments to federal agencies and testified
on behalf of consumers. The NCC's agenda is determined by the member
Proclamation of the National Consumer Coalition
The members of the National Consumer Coalition (NCC) do hereby endorse
the following principles for a society of free and responsible consumers:
For more information,
for the NCC website. The site contains an updated list of member organizations
and links to their web sites. The site also includes the latest activities
of the NCC.
- A market
economy benefits consumers by expanding consumer choice and competition
and fostering innovation, which lowers costs and improves consumer
health and safety.
consumers have different values and varying needs in the marketplace
and shop for goods and services based on those, such as quality
level, price, service, and convenience.
consumers are better off making their own decisions in the marketplace
and holding responsibility for those decisions.
exert clout in the marketplace by their decisions to buy or not
to buy and to choose where to spend their money.
policies that restrict consumer choice and stifle competition
harm consumers by substituting policymakers values for individual
values and raising the costs of goods and services to consumers.