Caesar Rodney Institute joins fight against mandate for costly refrigerant

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The Delaware-based  Caesar Rodney Institute has decided to take on Wilmington-based Chemours over a rule aimed at the use of   refrigerants used in air-conditioning systems.

The public policy group joined 21 other groups opposing the Kigali Amendment and urged  President Trump not to send the plan to the Senate for ratification. The institute has long been a skeptic of climate change and sea level rise.

 The  U.N. Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol on Ozone-Depleting Substances was negotiated by the Obama administration in October 2016, according to the Competitive Enterprise Institute.

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The groups claim The Kigali Amendment would restrict many of the cheapest and most effective refrigerants now used in home and car air conditioners as well as most commercial refrigeration and air-conditioning equipment, a release stated.

The joint letter to the president argues that the environmental benefits of the Kigali Amendment would be at best minute while placing a burden on businesses and consumers.

Previous generations of refrigerants cut into the earth’s ozone layer and progress has been made. However, recent reporting indicated that home insulation in China is once again threatening the protective layer.

Joining environmental pressure groups in support of Kigali are a number of companies including Chemours and Honeywell,  both of which have patented substitute refrigerants that can cost up to 10 times more than the ones they hope to see restricted, a release stated.

Scientists at Chemours and other companies continue to look for substitutes since even the current generation of refrigerants are harmful to the ozone layer.

Other groups such as FreedomWorks, and the American Council for Capital Formation have issued their  own letter claiming the mandate would benefit the economy.

The Caesar Rodney Institute is named after a Delaware signer of the Declaration of Independence who rode to Philadelphia on horseback (some say a carriage) to break a deadlock. A statue depicting his ride stands in Wilmington.

Rodney remains a little-known signer of the document, except in Delaware. He was said to suffer from a facial deformity, perhaps caused by cancer and few images exist. And like many founding fathers, Rodney was a slave-holder.

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