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Evidently, many Republicans think we don’t have enough green fascist mandates, the U.N. doesn’t have enough power, and Americans don’t pay enough for an increasingly dwindling supply of appliances that work less effectively than they did 50 years ago. With little fanfare, 17 Republican senators joined every Democrat to advance a treaty that will make air conditioners more expensive.
Air conditioning is one of the greatest inventions of all time and contributes hugely to the amazing quality of life our grandparents developed for us. Naturally, it is on the hit list of the Great Reset transhumanists. One would think at a time of record high electricity costs, Republicans would zealously oppose any new green energy mandate, especially one that is in the form of an international treaty. But every time you think Republicans might finally discover a soul, you must think again.
On Wednesday, the following 17 Republicans joined with every Democrat in attendance to invoke cloture on the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol, a 1987 treaty designed to cut down on certain chemicals, such as chlorofluorocarbons, to supposedly save the ozone layer. On Thursday, 21 Republicans, including Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, joined in ratifying the treaty 69-27.
- Blunt, Roy (Mo.)
- Boozman (Ark.)
- Burr (N.C.)
- Capito (W.Va.)
- Cassidy (La.)
- Collins, S. (Maine)
- Ernst (Iowa)
- Graham (S.C.)
- Grassley (Iowa)
- Hyde-Smith (Miss.)
- Kennedy (La.)
- McConnell (Ky.)
- Moran (Kan.)
- Murkowski (Alaska)
- Portman (Ohio)
- Romney (Utah)
- Rubio (Fla.)
- Sasse (Neb.)
- Tillis (N.C.)
- Wicker (Miss.)
- Young, T. (Ind.)
The protocol requires countries to progressively decrease their use of hydrofluorocarbons by 80% to 85% of a baseline in the treaty by 2036. Hydroflourocarbons are the reason you can enjoy living in your home or walking into any store or commercial establishment during the summer. They are the refrigerants in any air conditioning system. The EPA has been gradually cutting levels of HFCs, which is why anyone who has recently called the AC repairman for an infusion of coolant will receive a sticker shock on the bill, as I did earlier this summer.
Originally, before this provision was stripped out in an amendment, China would have been given an extra decade over the U.S. in continued use of HFCs. As Ben Leiberman, an energy policy analyst at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, notes, this treaty is essentially a handout to China:
This includes an HFC phasedown schedule that gives these countries an extra ten years. Thus, factories located in China will have access to cheap and plentiful HFCs long after supplies get tight for facilities located here. To make matters even worse, the U.S. is the single largest contributor to a UN fund that will assist China and other developing nations with compliance. So, we will be giving China an unfair advantage and sending them tax dollars as well.
The cruel irony is that HFCs were used in air conditioning to replace the original substances phased out under the original Montreal Protocol because they were deemed better for the ozone layer. But now they are claiming that HFCs are bad for global warming (which they artfully renamed “climate change”), so we need to move on to the next cronyist socially engineered product designed to enrich a few to the detriment of billions of people.
Ultimately, the disparity between the U.S. and China was taken out (not before 17 Republicans were still willing to support it), but it doesn’t matter, because China plays by its own rules. A 2019 study published in Nature showed how chemical plants in eastern China were still producing trichlorofluoromethane, in contravention of the original Montreal Protocol.
So why did so many Republicans support it, many others didn’t exactly fight against it, nor did leadership whip against it? Because like everything else, it boils down to the giant corporations. The existing monopolies in the air conditioning business, such as Honeywell, stand to benefit from high prices. They have patented the new coolants to replace HFCs and have lobbied hard for this bill. Even when Republicans don’t ideologically support the left’s agenda, the transnational quasi-government-controlled and China-influenced corporations will land them in the same territory as the left. This is why McConnell and gang supported the $280 billion “CHIPS” bill to hand IBM and China a monopoly on semiconductors and fund our corrupt science agencies with record infusions of cash.
It is also why the Washington Post crowed, “It’s rare for a climate change measure to win full-throated support from industry groups, environmental activists and lawmakers from both sides of the aisle." They know Republicans are greasing the skids for Agenda 2030 rather than lying down on the tracks to stop it.
The truth is this sort of deal is not rare at all. Republicans embrace the corporate masters with at least as much zeal as the Democrats. Oklahoma Republican Kevin Stitt already admitted his state has gotten in on the green energy scam because that’s where the “investments” lie. Thus, even on an issue where ideologically Republicans claim to oppose the Democrat policies, they will dance to the tune of the corporate monopolies that stand to benefit from the Great Reset. So what exactly will change with McConnell managing the flow of business on the floor instead of Chuck Schumer?
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Daniel Horowitz is the host of “Conservative Review with Daniel Horowitz” and a senior editor for Blaze News.