What happens when two items high on the Green agenda collide with each other? One thing for sure, it isn’t a pretty sight.
Such is currently the case concerning “ozone depletion” and “global warming.”
Through the 1987 Montreal Protocol, the Greens clamored for the adoption of refrigerant HFC’s, or hydrofluorocarbons, to replace older refrigerant chemicals (CFC’s) that were said to be punching a hole in the ozone layer. Today, HFC’s, that same chemical the Greens were in love with, is now claimed to be causing – you guessed it – global warming.
That is the basis for the little known “Kigali Amendment” to the Montreal Protocol, adopted in 2016. Through this amendment, the Greens want to replace HFC’s with HFO’s (hydrofluoro-olefins) in air conditioners, refrigerators, cars, and much more.
HFC’s are currently selling for around $7 per pound, while the most common HFO is selling for over $70 per pound. If companies want to start incorporating HFO’s into their appliances, they are completely free to do so. But the American public should not have it forced down their throat by the UN bureaucracy.
Most studies have concluded that fully implementing the Kigali Amendment would reduce the global mean temperature by an unmeasurable amount by 2050.
The Trump administration is considering whether to send Kigali to the Senate for ratification. Like most radical environmentalist initiatives, the Kigali Amendment provides little environmental benefit in exchange for extreme economic cost.
That’s why CFACT signed onto a letter with 22 other free market groups urging the President to oppose the inclusion of the United States in the Kigali Amendment.
As the letter states, Washington needs to “cut red tape, not add to it.”
Going after HFCs will no doubt greatly enrich a few corporations who want to sell us expensive new refrigerants and equipment, but would not affect global temperature enough to measure.
It’s time for the Trump White House to send the Kilgali Amendment off on the same train out of town it did the Paris Accord.