Heather Reams, president of Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions (CRES), today released the following statement in response to U.S. Senate ratification of the “Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol on Substances That Deplete the Ozone Layer” (Kigali Amendment), which will gradually reduce the consumption and production of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), a potent greenhouse gas used in refrigeration and air conditioning.
“CRES has been a vocal proponent of the Kigali Amendment and has actively urged Republican lawmakers to support its approval. Today’s strong bipartisan vote is an incredible win for U.S. jobs and manufacturing as well as our environment.
“Thanks to U.S. leadership in innovation, Kigali offers us the opportunity to expand our global market share and displace dirty Chinese products. We expect economic benefits to include 33,000 new American manufacturing jobs and 120,000 indirect U.S. jobs over the next several years – all while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
“CRES commends the 21 Senate Republicans who backed this international agreement, which promotes U.S. national economic interests. We also applaud the unanimous passage of the Sullivan-Lee amendment that requires U.S. foreign policy to seek to curtail China’s outdated designation as “developing country” and to work with our allies to ensure a level playing field in the treaty’s implementation.
“CRES congratulates the Senate on its ratification of the Kigali Amendment – further proof that bipartisanship exists when commonsense solutions to climate change are on the table.”
Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions (CRES) engages Republican policymakers and the public about responsible, conservative solutions to address our nation’s energy, economic, and environmental security while increasing America’s competitive edge. For more information, visit www.CRESenergy.com