The Biden administration has announced plans to continue its reduction of hydrofluorocarbons, claiming that it “aims to cut the United States’ use of greenhouse gases by almost half starting next year.”
HFC is the chemical used for refrigeration and to keep your house cool in the summer.
This rule on top of the 10% drop in HFC consumption implemented in 2022 under the American Innovation and Manufacturing Act, sets an ambitious goal to reduce the production and consumption of HFCs by 85% by 2036 in order to prevent a 0.5 degree Celsius increase in global temperature by the next century.
Sounds like it’s a good thing, right? But we have to consider that it is based on speculation regarding climate change rather than scientific evidence or data-driven research.
The current data available fails to provide any real proof that reducing hydrofluorocarbons will actually lead to less significant impacts on global warming or climate change as a whole. Furthermore, many experts argue that there are far more effective ways of reducing emissions that do not require such drastic changes in industry standards or technology.
In addition, the economic repercussions associated with this decision are in insane. With such stringent regulations being put into place so quickly, businesses will be forced to make costly adjustments in order to remain compliant – something which could greatly impact their bottom line and result in job losses across multiple industries.
While it is true that shifting away from using hydrofluorocarbons may eventually reduce energy costs for consumers over time; these benefits will likely be offset by increases due to companies having to invest more heavily into researching alternative technologies and products as well as meeting compliance requirements set forth by these new rules.
This is what Democrats call progress. Meanwhile, they and the rest of the developing world are running their air at full blast.
My advice? Go make yourself an ice fan…