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EPA chief wants to clamp down on air conditioning coolant

Because, you see, air-conditioning uses HFCs and she’s convinced that banning them would help lower the global temperature and fight global warming – you know, the pseudo-science that has proven to be unproven … in fact, almost everything the alarmists predicted would happen hasn’t and everything that wouldn’t happen has.

But when you’re really in the redistribution of income business any narrative, no matter how discredited, will do:

EPA Chief Gina McCarthy wants the world to stop using hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) in air conditioners and other consumers products as part of President Barack Obama’s plan to fight global warming.

McCarthy is so determined to make this happen, she’s taking the lead role at an ongoing United Nations summit to expand the current global treaty covering ozone-depleting substances. The EPA chief hopes that her agency’s recent HFC regulations will convince other countries to join the U.S. in limiting the chemicals.

“Because of the importance of taking aggressive action on these chemicals to achieve global climate goals, I will be leading the United States delegation at that meeting,” McCarthy wrote in an oped for The Guardian.

“Over the past year, the US Environmental Protection Agency has completed four separate actions that both expand the list of safer alternatives to HFCs and prohibit them from certain uses in the refrigeration air conditioning, foam, and aerosol sectors where safer alternatives such as hydrofluoroolefins (HFOs), hydrocarbons and lower-polluting blends are available,” McCarthy wrote.

“Solutions are here, and it’s time to amend the Montreal Protocol to reflect that,” McCarthy wrote, adding that phasing out HFCs would avert 0.5 degrees Celsius of global warming by the end of the century.

Total nonsense, of course.  And, a rhetorical question – who will something like this hurt most?  That’s right, those who can least afford it.  This is politics marching to the tune of a bankrupt ideology.  HFO’s cost more than HFCs.  HFCs, by the way, do not deplete the ozone layer and as real science has shown, greenhouse gasses are not having the warming effect on the earth that the “science” of the alarmists have claimed.

So what’s the point?  Zealotry.  Zealotry in the service of ignorance simply because she has the power.  She “believes” this to be true and thus you will conform if she has her way.

Meanwhile in the real world:

A team of European researchers have unveiled a scientific model showing that the Earth is likely to experience a “mini ice age” from 2030 to 2040 as a result of decreased solar activity.

Their findings will infuriate environmental campaigners who argue by 2030 we could be facing increased sea levels and flooding due to glacial melt at the poles.

How long have we been saying the bulk of our climate is determined by that big yellow burning thing in the sky?  You know, the one the alarmists have either ignored or discounted.

Guess who I think has a better chance of being correct in this case?

~McQ

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15 Responses to EPA chief wants to clamp down on air conditioning coolant

  • I say we start one of those petitions to have the AC shutoff at EPA headquaters

    • Next you’ll want Al Gore to give up flying around in his jet to warn the world about hydrocarbon forced global warming….

  • It was the 1987 Montreal Protocol, one of the most successful environmental treaties in history, which led to HFCs replacing ozone-destroying pollutants. On 1 November, at the international meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol in Dubai, the United States will make a powerful case for better management of HFC pollution worldwide.

    But now consider …

    The 2015 Antarctic ozone hole area was larger and formed later than in recent years, accorrding to a new paper. On Oct. 2, 2015, the ozone hole expanded to its peak of 10.9 million square miles, an area larger than the continent of North America.

    Throughout October, the hole remained large and set many area daily records. Unusually cold temperature and weak dynamics in the Antarctic stratosphere this year resulted in this larger ozone hole.

    In comparison, last year the ozone hole peaked at 24.1 million square kilometers (9.3 million square miles) on Sept. 11, 2014. Compared to the 1991-2014 period, the 2015 ozone hole average area was the fourth largest.

    “While the current ozone hole is larger than in recent years, the area occupied by this year’s hole is consistent with our understanding of ozone depletion chemistry and consistent with colder than average weather conditions in Earth’s stratosphere, which help drive ozone depletion,” said Paul A. Newman, chief scientist for Earth Sciences at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.

    … now how can you take the part about colder than average weather when we “know” that Climate Change dogma dictates that it is always getting warmer.

    That said, the hole is the 4th largest on record after the “most successful environmental treaties in history.”

    • Back when they were busy taking about replacing CFCs with HCFCs in the 90’s, I was working at DuPont, who at the time desparately wanted to be known as a ‘Green Company’.
      The word then was that HCFCs, which I assume they now call HFCs, were worse that CFCs, but that didn’t matter because they were ‘doing something’ about the problem.

    • ain’t if funny how that hole probably magically formed shortly after we had instruments that could measure it.

      Funny thing that.

      • Funny how after almost 3 decades of the 1987 Montreal Protocol, they still are registering huge holes … the 4th largest … after the “most successful environmental treaties in history.”

  • While people are at it – they might consider following the trail of cash to the producers of the gases that will replace the latest replacements for freon…..

    Speaking of which, anyone remember the freon powered BB machine gun?

    Ah, good times…..

    • I took a look at that … most of them now come from China.

      • Which will be handled here by some American New York City Wall Street dwelling political fund bundling/donating asshat.

  • Oh good Lord….

    I just want to know who’s going to charge these asshats with malicious fraud, wrongful prosecution and abuse of office when this finally falls apart.

  • This is a perfect example of why the EPA is a four letter word!!!

  • IRS.

    EPA.

    Dept. Of Education

    My first three targets for destruction in the MANY, MANY agency destruction that I have planned.

    It would be beeeeeeuuuuutiful…!!!

  • They will say global warming is a conspiracy that the left was goaded into accepting to hide the global cooling from coal or other bullshit.

  • For me, it’s the damned light bulbs.

    There’s a *whale* of a difference between replacing a 30-cent, Chinese-made, piece-o-crap light bulb at my front door every two weeks, and replacing a $4.59, Chinese-made, piece-o-crap light bulb at my front door every two weeks.

    [To be fair, the bulb I changed out this morning had lasted 19 days. Whoop-de-doooo.]

    I say haul every last one of those pretentious little pricks (at ALL the three-letter regulatory agencies) out of their rabbit-warren hidey-holes and shoot ’em. Put the petty-bureaucrat tyrants out of OUR misery.

    (( to Bob at the NSA: “Hyperbole”. Look it up. ))