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U.S. Could Soon Offer Signal On Coolant Climate Deal

Nov. 20, 2017, 5:43 PMUpdated: Nov. 20, 2017, 11:53 PM

The world is moving forward with reducing greenhouse gas refrigerants, and the deal’s momentum could raise questions about whether the Trump administration will join or sit on the sidelines.

Sweden on Nov. 17 became the 20th nation to ratify a global deal to limit hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs, refrigerant chemicals that are highly potent greenhouse gases. Approval by 20 countries was required to ensure the deal, known as the Kigali Amendment, begins on schedule in January 2019.

Despite a quiet lobbying push from the refrigeration and chemical industries, the Trump administration has not publicly indicated whether it will back...

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