Connecticut, Maryland Join States Curbing Super-Pollutant HFCs to Protect the Climate

WASHINGTON — The state of Connecticut today joined Maryland, New York and California in directing their state agencies to draft standards phasing out the use of hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs, a group of super-polluting greenhouse gases used in commercial and residential cooling systems.

The following is a statement from David Doniger, senior strategic director in the Climate & Clean Energy program at the Natural Resources Defense Council:

“Today Connecticut joined forces with Maryland, New York and California taking decisive action in the fight against dangerous climate change. By phasing out super-polluting HFCs and turning to safer alternatives, these states are demonstrating strong national leadership in that global fight. They’re protecting our children and future generations from climate chaos. And they’re countering the Trump administration’s heedless backing of polluters.”

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