A number of lawmakers, foreign governments and environmental advocates had urged the administration to offer an amendment to the Montreal Protocol, the international treaty on ozone-depleting substances, calling for the rapid elimination of HFC’s. Some officials at the State Department and the Environmental Protection Agency had pushed for such a course, but the White House decided on a more moderate approach to give it negotiating room in upcoming rounds of climate and environmental talks.Yeah...you know, the HFC's and the CFC's that were outlawed starting 21 years ago (OVER TWO DECADES AGO)...How'd that work out?
HFC’s are used as refrigerants in air conditioners, refrigerators and freezers, as well as in some fire-fighting foams. They are sometimes referred to as “super-greenhouse gases” because they are hundreds or even thousands of times more powerful than carbon dioxide, molecule for molecule, in heating the atmosphere. HFC’s are cousins to chlorofluorocarbons (CFC’s) and hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFC’s), two other classes of refrigerants which are being eliminated under the Montreal Protocol, a 21-year old treaty signed by 195 nations to control the gases that opened up a hole in the earth-protecting ozone layer of the atmosphere.
Well, the ozone hole was the biggest ever recorded just three years ago, and continues to be huge today. Apparently, the CFC's and the HFC's had little to do with the ozone hole. Good news, however. The same environmental whackjobs that made you refit the air conditioner in your automobile at a nice little cost are the same ones who follow the Church of Global Warming and are salivating at the thought of sticking their lying little fingers into your wallet once again.
And, for the record:
"We were surprised to find that the closing of the ozone hole, which is expected to occur in the next 50 years or so, shows significant effects on the global climate," said Lorenzo M. Polvan one of two principle investigators and professor of applied mathematics at SEAS. "This is because stratospheric ozone has not been considered a major player in the climate system. We believe the closing of the ozone hole is likely to have profound impacts on the surface winds and, also likely, to have an impact on other aspects of the Earth's climate, including surface temperatures, locations of storm tracks, extent of dry zones, amount of sea ice, and ocean circulation."Yes...you read that correctly. Closing the ozone hole will cause global warming and all kinds of other Irwin Allen type goodies.