EPA To Cut Greenhouse Gases Thousands Of Times More Powerful Than CO2

"The agency’s final rule will slash the use and production of hydrofluorocarbons — widely used in air conditioners, refrigerators and other appliances — by 85 percent over 15 years".

"The Biden administration will finalize its first new climate rule Thursday, slashing the use of greenhouse gases warming the planet at a rate hundreds to thousands of times higher than carbon dioxide.

The Environmental Protection Agency regulation, which establishes a program to cut the use and production of chemicals known as hydrofluorocarbons in the United States by 85 percent over the next 15 years, implements a law passed by Congress last year. There is broad bipartisan support for curbing these super-pollutants, which are short-lived and often used in refrigeration and air conditioning.

White House officials said the new rule tackles global warming while supporting jobs to manufacture new alternatives.

“It’s a win on climate and a win on jobs, and American competitiveness,” Gina McCarthy, the White House national climate coordinator, told reporters in an online briefing Wednesday evening. “It’s really — frankly, folks — a very big deal.”"

Dino Grandoni reports for the Washington Post September 23, 2021.


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Source: Washington Post, 09/23/2021