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JUNE 21, 1999  4:12 PM
Union of Concerned Scientists
Paul Fain, 202-332-0900
Sharon Pickett, 301-365-9307
Global Warming: Scientists from Across the Nation Descend on Capitol Hill
WASHINGTON - June 21 - News Advisory:

Frustrated that Congress continues to wish away global warming, nearly 60 scientists from 24 states will converge at the U.S. Capitol to urge lawmakers to heed their warnings about climate change. With more and more industries finally acknowledging the threat of rising temperatures, Congress has become a last bastion of denial over global warming. Rep. Rush Holt (D-N.J.), a working scientist before entering the House last year, will join climate change experts from across the country as they urge Congress to pass legislation commensurate with the seriousness of the global warming threat.

States represented by scientists in attendance: California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, West Virginia.

What: Scientists Press Conference on Global Warming

When: Monday, June 28, 10 a.m.

Where: Outside: U.S. Capitol Building, House triangle
(Rain location: 2168 Rayburn House Office Building (Gold Room))


-- Rep. Rush Holt (D-N.J.) and 57 scientists from across the nation.

Speaking on behalf of the scientists:

-- Dr. Donald J. Wuebbles, professor of Atmospheric Sciences, University of Illinois, lead author, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). (a)

-- Dr. Richard Gammon, professor of chemistry, oceanography and atmospheric sciences, University of Washington; IPCC contributing author; science advisor to the Union of Concerned Scientists.

-- Dr. Walter Oechel, director of Global Change Research Group, professor of biology, San Diego State University, IPCC contributing author.

Note a: The IPCC is the authoritative scientific body on climate change science.

Advance interviews available upon request


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