Senate Ratifies Global Climate Treaty

Senator Carper said it is time to join the rest of the international community.

On Wednesday, the Senate voted to approve the Kigali Amendment, a global climate deal that calls for the phasedown of potent greenhouse gas emissions known as hydrofluorocarbons.

President Biden’s administration had submitted the amendment to the Senate last year for ratification. Because it is a treaty vote, it needed to clear the Senate by a two-thirds majority to become law.

“It’s long past time that we join the rest of the international community in addressing HFCs and taking this kind of bold, transformational climate action that this moment demands,” Senator Tom Carper of Delaware said.

Under the terms of the treaty, China is listed as a “developing nation” and has ten years to comply with the agreement.

A 2018 study conducted by the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute and the Alliance for Responsible Atmospheric Policy showed that ratifying the Kigali deal could create 33,000 U.S. manufacturing jobs.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For the president and his administration as they pursue the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.
  • For senators as they consider legislation and treaties that come to the floor for a vote.
  • For members of the House as they deliberate bills and acts.

Sources: Washington Examiner, Wall Street Journal


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