New York Moves to Phase Out Climate Super-Pollutants Used for Cooling

"The state's HFCs ban would pick up where an Obama-era regulation was headed before it was partially stuck down by a court and then buried by the Trump EPA."

"New York's governor on Monday ordered a statewide phase-out of hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs, potent greenhouse gases used in air conditioners and refrigeration systems.

The move would fill a breach in climate policy created by the federal government. New York's plan would closely follow a 2015 Obama-era regulation that was partially struck down by a federal court and that the Trump administration announced last April it would no longer enforce at all.

"While the Trump administration denies climate change and rolls back efforts to protect our planet, New York is picking up the mantle of climate leadership and forging a path forward," Gov. Andrew Cuomo said. "In New York, we believe denial is not a life strategy, and we will continue to fight climate change to protect our economy, our planet and our future.""

Phil McKenna reports for InsideClimate News September 10, 2018.

Source: InsideClimate News, 09/11/2018