Three states announce plans to phase out climate super-pollutants used in cooling

by Phil Mckenna, InsideClimate News

New York, Maryland and Connecticut all announced plans this week for statewide phase-outs of hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs, potent greenhouse gases used in air conditioners and refrigeration systems.

Their moves, following a similar step earlier this year by California, will help fill a breach in climate policy created by the federal government. New York’s plan, the most advanced of the three, closely follows a 2015 Obama-era regulation that was partially struck down by a federal court and that the Trump administration announced last April it would no longer enforce at all.

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