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EIA Applauds Bipartisan Effort to Tackle Super Pollutants, HFCs

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, U.S. Representatives Scott Peters (D-CA) and Carlos Curbelo (R-FL) introduced a bipartisan bill which would direct federal agencies to work together on a plan to reduce emissions of super greenhouse gases. In response, the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) released the following statement applauding this effort:

“The United States could lead the world in driving the significant economic benefits and job creation that come from replacing some of the most potent climate killing gases, HFCs, with clean technologies,” said Avipsa Mahapatra, EIA Climate Campaign Lead. “EIA calls on Members of Congress to work in a bipartisan way to advance this effort to ensure American competitiveness in the race against China and EU countries to develop the next generation of technologies to replace super pollutants and reduce carbon pollution.”

“Phasing down HFCs represents an opportunity to achieve a desperately needed win for protecting the climate while also benefitting the U.S. economy,” said Christina Starr, EIA Climate Policy Analyst. “HFCs are the fastest growing source of emissions in the United States. We must act now to phase down HFCs in new equipment, as well as look at every way possible to round up, capture, and safely destroy the gases that have already made their way into the world. Adoption of the clean technologies that are more energy efficient will reward U.S. innovation and fuel job creation.”

Contact:
Maggie Dewane, EIA Press Officer, mdewane@eia-global.org, (202) 483-6621

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