Biden sends 2016 climate treaty to Senate for ratification

President BidenJoe Biden Biden Reaffirms His Commitment To Taiwan’s ‘One China’ Policy In Call With Xi Biden Raises Human Rights With China’s Xi During Four-Hour Biden Meeting, Xi Holds ‘Candid’ Discussion Amid Highs tensions MORE on Tuesday he sent a 2016 international climate accord to the Senate for consideration.

The agreement in question, known as the Kigali Amendment, named after the city in Rwanda where it was agreed, calls for the global elimination of chemicals that warm the planet called hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs).

But the US has already taken steps that are in line with its ultimate goal, to reduce HFC consumption by 85 percent by 2036.

HFCs are used in products such as refrigerators and air conditioners and can have up to 14,800 times the climate impact of carbon dioxide.

In submitting the treaty to the Senate, President Biden argued that while the United States has taken steps to meet its goals, it would still be beneficial to join the other 124 parties to the agreement.

“Ratification by the United States would further US interests to remain a leader in the development and deployment of HFC alternatives, ensuring access to rapidly growing overseas refrigeration and cooling markets and stimulating investment, exports and US job growth in this sector, “he said. in a message to the Senate.

“Ratification will also ensure that the United States continues to have a full voice to represent the economic and environmental interests of the United States as the implementation of the Kigali Amendment progresses in the coming years,” he added.

To be ratified, the agreement must have the support of two-thirds of the Senate, which means that if all Democrats agree, 17 Republicans will have to join them.

However, reducing HFC use has some bipartisan support, as the Senator said. John kennedyJohn Neely KennedyMORE (R-La.) He defended the legislation along with Sen. Tom carperThomas (Tom) Richard CarperEPA Releases National Recycling Plan With 50 Percent Target The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented By ExxonMobil – Will Biden’s Big Bill Pass The House This Week? Manchin prepares to make or break Biden’s climate promise MORE (D-Del.) To phase out the use of HFCs last year.

The bill, which directed the Environmental Protection Agency to institute a phase-out, was eventually included in a blanket package that then-President TrumpDonald Trump House Freedom Caucus Elects Rep. Scott Perry as New President Meadows ‘Between a Rock and a Hard Place’ with Trump, Jan. 6 Panel On The Money – Biden Closes Infrastructure Week MORE signed last year.

This year, the EPA introduced corresponding regulations aimed at combating powerful greenhouse gases.

Carper, in a statement, celebrated Biden’s move.

“It is high time we joined the rest of the international community in addressing HFCs and taking the kind of bold and transformative climate action that this moment demands. Doing so would not only be good for our planet, but also for our economy, “he said.Business leaders support the ratification of Kigali because they know it will further open world markets to US-made products and protect US companies from illegal imports from China. “

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