Lobby group GCC revamps member rules

WASHINGTON, DC: The Global Climate Coalition (GCC), a group purporting to be a leader in lobbying and PR efforts against the Kyoto Protocol on Climate Change, has announced a restructuring following the exit of numerous oil and auto industry members.

WASHINGTON, DC: The Global Climate Coalition (GCC), a group purporting to be a leader in lobbying and PR efforts against the Kyoto Protocol on Climate Change, has announced a restructuring following the exit of numerous oil and auto industry members.

WASHINGTON, DC: The Global Climate Coalition (GCC), a group

purporting to be a leader in lobbying and PR efforts against the Kyoto

Protocol on Climate Change, has announced a restructuring following the

exit of numerous oil and auto industry members.



The Kyoto Protocol, an international treaty drafted in 1997 that places

limits on greenhouse gas emissions, is awaiting approval in the US

Congress.



The GCC has come under intense attack from environmental groups because

of its opposition to the proposed regulations.



In December, Ford became the first company to pull out of the GCC,

citing credibility issues as a major reason for its departure.

DaimlerChrysler, British Petroleum, Dow Chemical and Texaco have since

followed suit.



’Now that big corporate members have been forced out, the GCC won’t have

the same impact that they had even a year ago,’ said Meghan Conklin,

campus campaign coordinator for Ozone Action, a group which has

questioned whether individual GCC members are sincere about their

environmental goals.



Countered GCC spokesperson Frank Maisano, ’Environmental groups have

been able to use GCC membership as a distraction. None of these

corporations have changed their position one iota.’ He noted that

General Motors, the last GCC member to leave the coalition, made it

clear that the company still opposes the Kyoto Protocol.



Under the new GCC structure, only trade organizations will be allowed

membership. By changing its rules, the organization hopes to keep

individual corporate decisions from affecting the coalition’s standing.



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