Global Climate Coalition disbands

Published April 1, 2002

The Global Climate Coalition (GCC), a Washington-based group that once was the dominant voice of U.S. industry on the climate change issue, has announced its “deactivization.”

Formed in 1989, the organization questioned the extent of the alleged global warming problem and opposed the 1997 Kyoto Protocol, which set mandatory reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.

But in recent years, many major companies resigned from the group, shifting their memberships to softer-line organizations such as the Pew Center on Global Climate Change and the Business Council for Sustainable Energy. GCC became a coalition of trade associations rather than companies.

In announcing its demise, GCC said it had “served its purpose by contributing to a new national approach to global warming.” It noted the Bush administration “soon will announce a climate policy that is expected to rely on new technologies to reduce greenhouse emissions, a concept strongly supported by the GCC.”