Chlorofluorocarbons and Profit Motives for Change

A quote at the end of the article on industry’s influence on the phase out of HFC’s, is the most telling.

“More and more companies are looking further and further down the timeline to see what changes they can expect, and what they need to phase out of their products,” said Basket Tuncak.

chlorofluorocarbonsNotwithstanding the concerns about large companies dominating the production of new alternatives to HFC’s and the inherent risk associated with companies controlling the studies as to benefits associated with new chemicals, I view this as a positive step towards a more sustainable future.

Much more is needed. It is clear that giving major corporations a blank check on what chemicals are better than those already in use raises serious questions. It is equally clear that governments that provide direct financial assistance to their companies raise the same serious questions…

However, we have evolved from chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) to hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) and now we are moving to apparently better alternatives in our fight against continued climate change.

Good.

Read the full article:
How the Chemical Industry Joined the Fight Against Climate Change
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