Experts Contest Global Warming Treaty: Its Truths, Myths And Economic Impact


WASHINGTON, D.C. - If climatologists cannot agree on a climate change diagnosis - some contend the earth is warming, some say it's cooling, others assess no significant change at all - is it appropriate to prescribe a "cure" certain to impose negative side effects?

Members of the scientific, labor, business and policy communities will address this question at a Congressional briefing sponsored by The National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA). Experts at the briefing will address the scientific evidence for global warming and the impact of current proposals being considered for the International Global Warming Treaty this December in Japan.

Dennis Fitzgibbons, deputy director of the Minority Staff of the House Commerce Committee, will present an overview of climate change policy. In a rare consensus between labor and business, Gene Trisko, attorney for the United Mine Workers, will discuss the treaty's negative impact on labor, while Fran Smith, president of the National Consumer Coalition, and Karen Kerrigan, president of the Small Business Survival Committee, will address its slowing effect on consumption and business. Scientists, Dr. Robert C. Balling, Jr. of Arizona State's climatology department and known meteorologist Norman J. Macdonald will address global warming theories, myths and realities. Jonathan Adler of Competitive Enterprise Institute will discuss the ineffective environmental impact of the Global Warming Treaty. NCPA's Sterling Burnett will moderate.

WHO: DENNIS FITZGIBBONS, HOUSE COMMERCE COMMITTEE
DR. ROBERT C. BALLING, JR., DIRECTOR, OFFICE OF CLIMATOLOGY, ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY
NORMAN J. MACDONALD, CERTIFIED CONSULTING METEOROLOGIST
GENE TRISKO, ATTORNEY, UNITED MINE WORKERS,
JONATHAN ADLER, COMPETITIVE ENTERPRISE INSTITUTE
STERLING BURNETT, NATIONAL CENTER FOR POLICY ANALYSIS
FRAN SMITH, PRESIDENT, NATIONAL CONSUMERS UNION
KAREN KERRIGAN, PRESIDENT, SMALL BUSINESS SURVIVAL COMMITTEE

WHAT: CONGRESSIONAL BRIEFING ON GLOBAL WARMING TREATY

WHEN: 10 A.M. TO 11:45 A.M. - FRIDAY, JUNE 13, 1997

WHERE: 1324 LONGWORTH HOUSE OFFICE BUILDING