Unlike the idiotic Kyoto Protocol, the Montreal Protocol addressed an important issue, and (somewhat amazingly) it's working.
posted on 12/06/2002 10:00:04 AM PST
Is this really working? Freon (carbon tetra-cloride) is about 10% more efficient than the best of the replacements. This requires more energy from the engine or electricity to power the air conditioner/refrigerator. DuPont owns the patents to all the replacements. The chemistry of the replacement doesn't seem any less likely to interact harmfully with ozone. However, the theory
of how freon interacts with ozone (1995 Nobel Prize in Chemistry
) has not been verified experimentally.
What have we gained?
posted on 12/06/2002 10:28:08 AM PST
Not out of my taxes, I hope. Please....
posted on 12/06/2002 2:13:57 PM PST
"Halons are primarily used in fire extinguishers. Together with other chemicals, they destroy ozone molecules in the stratosphere that protect all living things from ultra-violet (UV) radiation."
This has never been proven.
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