Pres Obama, Cool it on the Coolants

Monday Action for the week of 8/1/16: Urge Obama to push for an aggressive phase-down of the less well known greenhouse gases, HFCs.


Dear President Obama,

I am urgently concerned about climate change. This is the gravest threat facing us all and future generations depend on us to halt it. Therefore I oppose all new fossil fuel infrastructure and want a fair price on carbon. There are also other gases dangerously warming the planet.

We know that the coolants now used in aerosols, air-conditioners and refrigerators are better for the ozone, but still dangerous: these hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs, are becoming more of a threat to planetary warming. Currently, the contribution of HFCs to greenhouse warming is 1% of that of CO2, but by 2050, if we follow the “business as usual” path, that contribution is likely to increase to 10% of that of CO2.

Luckily, reducing HFCs offers a huge benefit for little comparative cost. Please continue to push for more aggressive world-wide phase-down. We can and must be as successful as we were with CFCs that threatened to grow the now healed ozone hole. We must freeze the global growth of HFCs by 2021 at the latest, and rapidly make the transition to more sustainable alternatives such as ammonia.

President Obama, it’s urgent that you push as hard as you can. We need you. Your girls need you. Thank you.


With Mothers Out Front

Contact: President Obama
To call: 202-456-1111
To email
To write a letter:
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

Well done! See you next week.
And remember, friends don’t let friends ignore climate change. Forward Monday Actions today. Visit our Mothers Out Front webpage for details about other ways to join us in person and online.

Still here?

We have another concern you could share with the President if you want:
“I also strongly disagree with your assistant secretary of energy for fossil fuels, Chris Smith, who has said that you don’t want to Keep It In The Ground. Please stop listening to the fossil fuel lobby. Keep It In The Ground we must, and we shall. We must break free from fossil fuels today: Where are our US-made hydrogen cars powered by renewable energy? Toyota and Hyundai can do it- so can we!”

Breaking News:

The Massachussetts Omnibus Energy bill passed the MA House and Senate last night in the final hour of the month, without much discussion. The most exciting part of the bill is that it adds 1600 megawatts of off-shore wind power which is the biggest procurement for wind in any state. We’re also pleased with the inclusion of some new regulations of gas leaks we asked for. Unfortunately the bill didn’t include the pipeline tax ban or any solar. So we’ll be back next session pushing for more of what we need from our state legislators. Meanwhile Governor Baker will get this bill.

Thanks for all you do. Onward!
Your Community Organizing Team
Mothers Out Front – Pioneer Valley


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