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FROM VOLUME 10, NUMBER 3, MARCH 1997

NEWS...
ECONOMISTS CALL FOR ACTION


Item #d97mar75

A statement calling for the U.S. to slow climate change has been signed by over 2,000 members of the American Economic Association, or about 10 percent of its membership. The statement, drafted by five prominent economists including two Nobel laureates, endorses the conclusions of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and cites studies showing that there are many policy options available for which the total benefits outweigh the costs. It stresses market-based policies and a cooperative international approach, such as an international emissions trading agreement. The campaign was coordinated by Redefining Progress, a nonpartisan public policy organization, to get economists involved in the debate and help break the current policy stalemate.

See Intl. Environ. Rptr., p. 152, Feb. 19, 1997; Chem. & Industry, p. 156, Mar. 3; Global Environ. Change Rep., p. 3, Feb. 28. An editorial endorsing the statement appears in The New York Times, p. D2, Feb. 13.

The Economists' Statement on Climate Change is available on the World Wide Web at http://www.globalchange.org/econall/97may6g.htm, or contact Redefining Progress, one Kearny St., 4th Floor, San Francisco CA 94108 (tel: 415 781 1191; fax: 415 781 1198; e-mail: info@RProgress.org). Contact the American Economics Assoc. at 2014 Broadway, S. 305, Nashville TN 37203 (tel: 615 322 2595; fax: 615 343 7590; e-mail: aeainfo@ctrvax.vanderbilt.edu).

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