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Wednesday, November 26, 1997
For Immediate Release
U.S. Environmental and Business
Leaders Agree on Climate Change
Action; President's Council on Sustainable Development Releases "Climate
Washington, DC -- On the eve of international climate change negotiations in
Kyoto, Japan, leaders of U.S. business, environmental, citizen and
governmental organizations today released a statement of principles agreeing
that climate change risks warrant early action.
"This consensus statement about climate policy is, as far as we are aware,
the first such agreement," wrote business, environmental and government
leaders of the President's Council on Sustainable Development in a letter to
President Clinton accompanying the climate principles. "Leaders of major
environmental organizations, and automobile, oil, power and chemical
companies have listened thoughtfully to each other, and reached agreement."
The principles agreed to by the Climate Task Force of the President's
Council call for incentives for early action, international commitments,
accountability, flexibility, strong measures to encourage technology, and
fairness. Task Force members include business leaders from American Electric
Power, British Petroleum America, Dow Chemical, and General Motors; and
environmental organizations including, the Environmental Defense Fund, the
Natural Resources Defense Council, and the Sierra Club.
Next week, the United States joins other nations in Kyoto, Japan, for a
United Nations Conference on Climate Change to negotiate a treaty to reduce
greenhouse gas emissions which contribute to climate change.
Ray Anderson, Chief Executive Officer of the Interface Company, and Jonathan
Lash, President of the World Resources Institute, are the Co-chairs of the
President's Council. The President's Council on Sustainable Development, a
federal advisory committee with 30 members representing diverse leaders from
business, government, and community, environmental and native American
groups, was created by President Clinton in 1993 to advise him on sustainable
development and economic, environmental, and fairness issues.
A copy of the climate change principles, the letter to President Clinton
accompanying the principles, and the membership list of the Climate Task
Force are attached.