Briefing Addresses Global Climate Change Treaty's Impact on Texas


Dallas - The global climate change treaty under discussion in Kyoto, if agreed to by the U.S., will have a significant impact on the Texas economy. Sterling Burnett, Environmental Analyst for the National Center for Policy Analysis, joins U.S. Rep. Sam Johnson in Plano Monday, December 8, 1997 for a public briefing to discuss the potential effects.

The treaty could cost Texans as much as $11 billion dollars a year. Texas families would see their electricity bills increase anywhere from 10 percent to almost 50 percent and higher gasoline taxes could cost families thousands more each year.

"Texans and the rest of the nation would be willing to sacrifice if there were a clear scientific agreement on the dangers of global warming," Burnett said, "but despite what the propagandists are saying, many of the most knowledgeable scientists disagree about any danger."

Also at Monday's briefing: Genie Short with Texas Citizens for a Sound Economy, Gary Joyner with the Texas Farm Bureau, David Pinkus of Small Business United and Richard Green, president of the Dallas Geological Society.

WHO:
Congressman Sam Johnson joined by
NCPA Environmental Analyst Sterling Burnett and other experts

WHAT:
Kyoto Climate Change Treaty

WHEN:
11 a.m., Monday
December 8, 1997

WHERE:
Middlekauff Ford
4400 West Plano Parkway
Plano, TX