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Coalition Letter Opposing Senate Proposals to Ban the Use of HFCs

October 6, 2020
By Ben Lieberman

HFCs are an affordable class of refrigerants and banning them is unjustified and will raise consumer costs.

From the letter:

The undersigned organizations urge you to oppose amending the pending energy bill to restrict hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) on the grounds that they contribute to climate change. Such measures would inflict economic pain well beyond any environmental gain.

HFCs are an affordable class of refrigerants, and most residential air conditioners and refrigerators as well as vehicle air conditioners were designed to use one of them. Restricting HFC production would boost future repair bills for this equipment as supplies dwindle and prices rise. New systems would also become more expensive as they would have to be redesigned to use one of the environmentally-acceptable HFC substitutes. Many of these new refrigerants already carry a price premium, and they would likely spike even higher if granted a virtual captive market by Congress. The extra costs could easily reach into the hundreds of dollars per household, and possibly more.