Statement by Rev. Mitch Hescox:
Today the United States and over 100 nations have called for efforts to reduce and eliminate the most destabilizing climate pollutants in existence. If successful, such efforts could reduce our climate problem by up to 25 percent.
Needless to say, we applaud their efforts. And we are happy to report that major businesses like Dow Chemical, 3M, and Berkshire Hathaway Energy are working to make this a success.
These destabilizing pollutants are man-made chemicals used primarily as refrigerants. Known as “F” gases (because they all have fluorine) they are thousands of times stronger at trapping heat than carbon dioxide.
Thanks to President Reagan’s leadership back in 1987, the world has a treaty called the Montreal Protocol designed to reduce these destabilizing pollutants. We believe President Reagan would be proud that part of his legacy is today’s effort to help bring about climate stability.
A major class of these F gases are hydrofluorocarbons or HFCs, and today’s effort is focused on their rapid reduction and elimination through an ambitious amendment to the Montreal Protocol. This amendment will be considered October 6-14 at a meeting in Rwanda of the countries who have ratified the treaty.
To help poor countries, 16 nations and a group of philanthropists also announced today that they would be providing $80 million facilitate implementation and to offset costs by improving energy efficiency; the latter could create billions in economic benefits. This is good stewardship on steroids.
We strongly support these efforts and call upon all Christians to pray for innovative approaches to reduce harmful pollution.