EPA rule sharply limits HFCs, gases used as refrigerants

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The environmental protection agency is sharply limiting domestic production and use of highly potent greenhouse gases commonly used as refrigerants the new rule aims to decrease production and use of hydro fluorocarbons spite eighty five percent over the next fifteen years part of a global phase out hydro fluorocarbons are considered a major driver of global warming thousands of times more powerful than carbon dioxide the often leaks through pipes or appliances that use compressed refrigerants such as refrigerators and air conditioners White House climate adviser Gina McCarthy says the rule is expected to reduce harmful emissions by the equivalent of four point five billion metric tons of carbon dioxide by twenty fifty a total similar to three years of emissions from the U. S. power sector Ben Thomas Washington

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