The announcement follows the defection of many of the organisation’s most prominent members. This week, car manufacturing giant General Motors become the latest to quit, following hard on the heels of oil giant Texaco (see related story), Ford and DaimlerChrysler.

Fighting what appeared to be a rearguard action, the GCC unveiled its 21st Century Climate Action Agenda at a press conference last week.

GCC Executive Director Glenn Kelly said the strategy is part of a long-term initiative to refocus public debate onto a policy contest between the Kyoto Protocol versus the GCC’s proposed solution of reliance “on technology, innovation and American ingenuity.”

The GCC says that although only trade associations are now eligible for membership under the restructuring, this will mean the coalition represents nearly every sector of the US economy, including agriculture, forestry, mining, oil and gas, chemicals, manufacturing, electricity generation, steel, transportation, cement, and small businesses.

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