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Is there anything the government won’t do to placate the climate change activists in the Democrat Party? Not a chance. Here’s what they’ve done so far:

  • The 2022 Inflation Reduction Act that invests hundreds of billions of dollars in clean energy. The Foundation of Government Accountability says it actually increased inflation and did little to promote clean energy.
  • A new EV Bill signed on March 24 requires every new passenger car and light truck be an EV or hybrid by 2032.
  • The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) issued a final rule in December that sharply reduces emissions of methane and other harmful air pollution from oil and natural gas operations.
  • Now there’s a new regulation that requires your air conditioner, refrigerator, and other appliances to reduce hydrofluorocarbon(HFC) emissions by 85% over 15 years – including a 40% reduction starting this year.

Climate Change

The climate is always changing. But one sign that the world is warming is from evidence gathered from satellites, historical records, thermometers, and weather stations. Since 1880, average global temperatures have increased by about 1.7 degrees Fahrenheit. Global temperature is projected to warm by about 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit by 2050 and 3.6-7.2 degrees Fahrenheit) by 2100.

Advantages

Air conditioning is a lifesaver especially during extreme heat waves. However, only about 8% of the 2.8 billion people living in the hottest – and poorest — parts of the world currently have AC in their homes. In comparison, about 90% of the population in the U.S. has access to AC, compared to 9% in Indonesia and 5% in India.

Problems

Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) are the newest culprits. They are widespread in air conditioners, refrigerators, aerosols, and other appliances. While they do not deplete the ozone layer, as once thought, some of them have a high Global Warming Potential (GWP) – according to the United Nations Environment Program.

The government has cracked down on the HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning) industry by releasing new standards for cooling equipment that require all 14 SEER air conditioners and heat pumps to be phased out this year.

What is SEER?

SEER is short for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio, which is a number that measures the energy efficiency of your air conditioner or heat pump. The higher the SEER number, the more energy efficient. Newer 15 SEER systems are expected to cost 20-50% more, so many homeowners are trying to upgrade their AC before the supply of non-15 SEER systems runs out.

Backlash

A consumer backlash is heating up, especially when these air conditioner quotas go into effect this summer. It seems like it’s just another overreach by the government without any regard to the people they serve and the additional cost they need to pay. Congress needs to rein in these new regulations and make corrections before it becomes law.