CEI Report Debunks Myths Advanced By Special Interest Supporters Of Kigali Amendment

Environment Guru cited CEI’s Senior Fellow Ben Lieberman on Kigali Amendment.  

Special interests supporting the Kigali Amendment, which would ban refrigerants widely-used by consumers with air conditioning and businesses that rely on air conditioning and refrigerators, are spreading false claims that must be scrutinized, according to a new report out today by Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) Senior Fellow Ben Lieberman.  Supporters of the Kigali Amendment include some manufacturers of Kigali-compliant refrigerants and equipment and environmental activists and they are making demonstrably false claims to argue in favor of the White House submitting the amendment to the U.S. Senate for ratification.

In his paper, “The Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol: Myth vs. Fact,” Lieberman takes the myths and arguments advanced by Kigali supporters and provides facts showing these claims to be false. The report comes out as some states, including New York, Maryland, and Connecticut, are pushing ahead with so-called “statewide phase-outs” of widely-used refrigerants, also called hydrofluorocarbons or HFCs, before the federal government decides whether to pursue ratification of the Kigali Amendment. 

“American consumers and businesses are regrettably being misled by special interests supporting the Kigali Amendment, including companies that stand to benefit financially from it, because these interests are spreading false claims to scare people into supporting ratification,” said Lieberman. “The truth is that the Kigali Amendment will needlessly impose costs ranging from hundreds of dollars per American household to thousands of dollars for small businesses that rely on refrigeration and air conditioning.”

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