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Climate Comments Considered

The Executive Committee is considering member comments on the new AAPG Position Statement on Global Climate Change that has been proposed to replace the present statement.

The present AAPG Position Statement is being reconsidered following the nearly year-long discussions, leading to the sense of the leadership that it is not supported by a significant number of our members and prospective members.

Ninety-three comments on the proposed climate change position were posted in a members-only discussion on the AAPG Web site during the month of May.

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The Executive Committee is considering member comments on the new AAPG Position Statement on Global Climate Change that has been proposed to replace the present statement.

The present AAPG Position Statement is being reconsidered following the nearly year-long discussions, leading to the sense of the leadership that it is not supported by a significant number of our members and prospective members.

Ninety-three comments on the proposed climate change position were posted in a members-only discussion on the AAPG Web site during the month of May.

A general taxonomy of the nature of the comments is:

  • Agree Completely -- 6
  • Agree With Edits -- 26
  • Disagree -- 6
  • Keep Previous Statement -- 18
  • AAPG Should Have No Position -- 18
  • Other -- 19

(“Other” was considered when general statements were made with no specific opinion expressed on the statement.)

The proposed statement was crafted by a select ad hoc committee and has been unanimously recommended by that committee.

The AAPG Executive Committee and the ad hoc committee invited member comments.

The comments are under consideration by the EC in consultation with DPA and DEG leadership, and will ultimately lead to an approval of a final policy statement.

This position statement is one component of AAPG’s effort on the topic of Global Climate Change. The EC will appoint a standing committee on the topic, and they will manage an ongoing Web forum that contains both information and discussion.

The issue was on the agenda for the June 30 Executive Committee. EC actions will be reported in the EXPLORER and on the AAPG Web site.

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