Uncertainty Prevails; Future of Paris Agreement and HFC’s Still Unknown within the Trump Administration.

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In an article written by WashingtonPost.com –
“Key officials will meet at the White House on Thursday to discuss whether President Trump should make good on his campaign promise to “cancel” the Paris climate agreement, or allow the United States to remain a party to the global pact — confronting head-on an issue that has divided the administration and raised concern in the international community.”
Read more on the internal deliberations taking place within the Trump Administration related to climate policy here => WashingtonPost.com

HFC Phase-Down: New Law In Australia

Please note that the Australian government has introduced legislation to phase down HFCs starting in 2018.

On March 30th 2017, legislation was introduced in the Australian Parliament to begin a domestic phase-down of HFC imports in line with the provisions of the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol.

According to CoolingPost.com, “The Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Management Amendment Bill 2017 will allow Australia to phase-down HFC imports starting in 2018 and reach an 85% reduction by 2036.”

Click here to read the actual bill =>  Federal Register of Legislation
Articles, regarding further details on the bill => CoolingPost.com and here: ClimateControlNews.com.au

 

USCIB Letter to US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson

 

February 13th 2017, the US Council for International Business submitted a letter to US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

The letter is one example of an industry group encouraging the new administration to remain engaged in multilateral environmental agreements.
Click the PDF icon to download the letter to US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson
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Obama admin leaving HFC deal to Trump White House

Big news in the EPA

Officials say President Obama will pass climate diplomacy to the Trump Administration – supporters fear that Trump would deem it a “bad deal”.

If the deal enters into force, companies will have to abide by the agreement reached by delegations from the 197-member Montreal Protocol whether or not the United States ratifies it. AHRI has reached out to Trump’s transition team, encouraging the president-elect to submit the deal to the Senate for ratification. The industry group has also been talking to Republicans on Capitol Hill.

In related news, President-Elect Donald Trump nominated Scott Pruitt, the attorney general of the oil and gas intensive state of Oklahoma to head up the Environmental Protection Agency.

Read more here => http://bit.ly/scott-pruitt-epa
and here =>  http://bit.ly/scott-pruitt-epa2