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Why This Matters: HFCs are a very potent greenhouse gas – as we have written recently, they have a global warming potential of 1000 to 3000 times that of carbon dioxide, and their use has increased exponentially since they were introduced in 1990. The first court ruling, written by then-Judge Brett Kavanaugh, held that the Obama administration rule should not have required the phase-out of ozone-friendly HFCs. Trump then said the whole rule had to go. States and environmental groups sued, arguing that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) should be allowed to ban new HFCs as replacements for ozone-depleting substances because that was within their authority under the Air Act. The Trump administration claimed they could not implement the rule piecemeal, but fortunately, the court reigned them in.
Because the Trump administration refused to implement the Obama rule on HFCs requiring their phase-out, states have begun to pass tougher laws to ban them. Just last month, an energy research funding bill with bipartisan support was zipping through the Senate, but it ran into a roadblock when President Trump and conservative Republicans blocked an amendment that would have phased out HFCs because the Democrats refused to agree to language in the amendment banning states’ right to pass stricter standards on them. The state of California is working to put new standards in place that would meet a requirement that the state reduces its HFC emissions to half their current levels by 2030. This would require changes by grocery stores, as well as alterations to commercial and residential air conditioning systems.
By Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer Hurricane Ida hit the shores of Louisiana nearly a month ago, bringing Category 4 hurricane winds and severe flooding. The storm caused at least $584 million in damage to agriculture in the state, as estimated by experts at the LSU AgCenter. More than 50% of the damage costs were […]
By Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer Governor Gavin Newsom of California signed a $15 billion package to fund climate change and drought mitigation strategies. The new legislation consists of 24 bills that focus on climate and clean energy efforts, droughts, and wildfire preparedness. Why this Matters: This is the largest climate funding package in […]
On Tuesday night, seven late night hosts teamed up for “Climate Night” and used their platforms to build climate change awareness. Planned to coincide with Climate Week NYC, Jimmy Kimmel, Seth Meyers, Samantha Bee, Stephen Colbert, and more took to the airwaves to talk infrastructure, environmental justice, and advice for how to talk to deniers. […]
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