Biden EPA Rule Strictly Limiting Common Refrigerant Will Increase Costs Air for Consumers and Businesses

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WASHINGTON – The Biden Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) plans to strictly limit the use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), the most commonly used refrigerant in air conditioners and refrigerators. According to reports, the Biden Administration has finalized a rule to reduce use of HFCs by 85 percent over the next 15 years.

CEI Senior Fellow Ben Lieberman said:

“We can add air conditioning to the long list of goods whose price is on the rise, thanks to a new regulation from the Biden Environmental Protection Agency.  This new rule cracks down on production of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), a widely used class of refrigerants.  HFCs are used in most home and vehicle air conditioners as well as millions of air conditioning and refrigeration systems owned by businesses both large and small.   Repair costs for this equipment will go up as HFC supplies dwindle and prices rise.  New equipment will also increase as much of it will have to be redesigned to use one of the presumably eco-friendly substitutes for HFCs, a number of which are significantly costlier than HFCs.”

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