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EPA to Cut Greenhouse Gases Much More Powerful Than Carbon Dioxide

The agency's final rule will slash the use, production of hydrofluorocarbons

The Biden administration will finalize its first new climate rule Thursday, slashing the use of greenhouse gases warming the planet at a rate hundreds to thousands of times higher than carbon dioxide.

The Environmental Protection Agency regulation, which establishes a program to cut the use and production of chemicals known as hydrofluorocarbons in the United States by 85 percent over the next 15 years, implements a law passed by Congress last year. There is broad bipartisan support for curbing these super-pollutants, which are used in refrigeration and air conditioning and often found to be leaking from U.S. supermarket freezers.

White House officials said the new rule tackles global warming while supporting jobs to manufacture new alternatives.

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