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November 26, 1997
President's Council on
Climate Task Force
Climate Change Principles
1. The Need for Action
The risk of climate change caused by human actions and the potential for
serious impacts to nature and human well-being is of sufficient concern that
timely and effective actions should be taken to reduce those risks.
2. Incentives for Early Action
Greenhouse gases have atmospheric lifetimes ranging from decades to over a
century, and both the concentration and the rate of increase of these gases
in the atmosphere are important factors in determining the risk of climate
change. Therefore, policies to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and
other measures to protect the climate should include incentives for early
3. Clear Commitments, Predictable Results & Flexible Implementation
Global climate change policies should be based on national commitments and
accountability to produce predictable results and should allow emissions
sources to select their own strategies. United States policies to address
climate change should be based on the integration of environmental, economic
and social goals.
4. Development and Dissemination of Improved Technologies
To protect the climate cost effectively, technology breakthroughs,
technology incentives, and the elimination of barriers for the deployment of
existing technologies are needed. Broad-based cooperative programs to
stimulate markets and develop and disseminate new and existing technology to
industrialized and developing countries, must be a high priority.
Climate change is a global issue and requires a global response. The United
States response should include policies that maintain and foster the
competitiveness of U.S. business, stimulate opportunities for all, and avoid
approaches that place an unreasonable burden on lower-income individuals,
particular sectors, or future generations.