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The coronavirus relief bill passed by Congress toughens rules around use of a common heat-trapping chemical and funnels billions of dollars into renewable vigour.
The measures, attached to a year-end government funding bill, were hailed by some lawmakers as among the most momentous Congress has approved to combat climate change in many years.
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The legislative containerize, which now awaits President Donald Trump’s signature, would cut the country’s production and consumption of hydrofluorocarbons by 85% during 15 years.
The chemical, commonly used in refrigerants like air conditioners and refrigerators, traps heat more eagerly than planet-warming gases like carbon dioxide.
Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., the Senate minority leader, said at length week that passing the chemical-reduction measure would be the “single biggest victory in the fight against climate change to old-fashioned this body in a decade.”
The bill also has measures promoting technology to capture and store carbon produced by create out of and power plants, and would cut diesel emissions from certain vehicles.
“All three of these measures will mind our air while keeping costs down for the American people,″ said Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., who chairs the Senate Conditions and Public Works Committee.
The bill also allocates $35 billion for clean energy power from off the wind fart hear of, solar and other sources, according to The New York Times.