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A Guide to Information on Greenhouse Gases and Ozone Depletion
Published July 1988 through June 1999

FROM VOLUME 8, NUMBER 10, OCTOBER 1995

NEWS...
REPUBLICANS VS. MONTREAL PROTOCOL


Item #d95oct129

Several Republicans in the U.S. Congress are leading an attack on the country's commitments to the Montreal Protocol. At a Sep. 20 hearing, Representatives John Doolittle (California) and Tom Delay (Texas) expressed doubt over the necessity for phasing out CFCs by the end of this year, citing insufficient scientific evidence and the costs of switching to alternative chemicals, and basing their positions largely on the views of atmospheric scientist S. Fred Singer and a few others. Testifying in support of the protocol were scientists Daniel Albritton of NOAA, Robert Watson of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and industry groups, who base their position on the Scientific Assessment of Ozone Depletion: 1994, written by an international panel of scientists (GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE DIGEST News, Oct. 1994).

The following references are all 1995:

"Ozone on Trial: Congress Gives Skeptics a Day in the Sun," R. Monastersky, Science News, p. 238, Oct. 7

"Congressional Hearing into CFC Controls Evolves into Test of Scientists' Credibility," Intl. Environ. Rptr., pp. 769-770, Oct. 4.

"Leave Ozone Hole to Nature, Say the Republicans," V. Kiernan, New Scientist, p. 8, Sep. 30.

"Don't Confuse Me with the Facts," M. Jacobs, Chem. Eng. News, p. 5, Oct. 9. Editorial.

"[Methyl Bromide] Ban Could Be Reversed in the U.S.," Chem. & Industry, p. 760, Oct. 2.

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