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Statements on Climate Change (JUNE 1999)

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In its May 13 edition, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram (May 13) reported that Texas Governor George held a news conference on May 12 in which he stated “I believe there is global warming. ... The last time I wasn’t certain of the science. I’ve had some briefings recently and I’m becoming more convinced that the science proves there’s global warming.”

On April 15, 1999, following a two-day meeting between 60 union leaders and leaders of environmental groups, the AFL-CIO and the Sierra Club issued this joint statement: “The transition in the global energy economy is threatening both workers’ rights and the climate. We commit ourselves to crafting together a package of worker friendly domestic carbon emissions reduction measures.”

On May 5, 1999, the board of directors of the Western Fuels Association passed a resolution praising the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) for its support of the Byrd-Hagel resolution and Senator Murkowski’s “Energy & Climate Policy Act of 1999,” both of which oppose U.S. participation in the Kyoto Protocol. The resolution also called upon the American Public Power Association “to rededicate itself to its historic commitment to the well-being of electric consumers by recognizing the importance of coal-fired electricity and by joining NRECA and Western Fuels in defense of coal-fired electric generation.”

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