Commend the US and China for Pledging to Phase Down Greenhouse Gas

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Target: Xi Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China

Goal: Commend China’s commitment to work with the US to Combat global warming

The White House has announced that President Barack Obama and his Chinese counterpart, President Xi Jinping, have reached an accord on a class of greenhouse gases.  Both nations will work to reduce consumption and production of the hydrofluorocarbon, a potent greenhouse gas. This development is positive example of environmental cooperation between the world’s two largest economies, and deserves praise.

Hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs, are class of chemical widely used in cooling systems for air conditioners and refrigerators. Their widespread use was prompted by the adoption of the Montreal Protocol in 1987, by which the nations of the world agreed to phase out the use of Chlorofluorocarbons, or CFCs, and other ozone-layer depleting pollutants. While HFCs – which have largely replaced CFCs in most industrial contexts – do not harm the ozone layer, they are potent environmental pollutants with a high potential to further Anthropogenic (man-made) Global Climate Change. CFCs can remain in the atmosphere for up to fourteen years and are 3,830 times more powerful than a greenhouse gas. With global production of HFCs increasing by 15% annually, something must be done to address this burgeoning crisis.

As the two largest economies in the world, the United States and China constitute a bulk of both manufacturing and global consumers. With this new commitment to reduce the production of a major climate changing pollutant, the US and China have not only taken an important bilateral step toward reducing our specie’s impact on the global climate, but set an example for other nations and paved the way for more inclusive, binding, multilateral commitments to addressing climate change.  Please add your name and voice your support for this agreement.


Dear President Xi,

I am writing to express my gratitude and support for the agreement you have reached with President Obama regarding the bilateral reduction of HFC consumption and production by our two nations. It is heartening to see such positive international cooperation, especially for the purpose of preserving the climate for the entire human race. It is my hope that this cooperation between our nations will not only be fruitful in its own right, but that the example of the People’s Republic of China and the United States will lead other nations to also commit themselves to reduce hydrofluorocarbon production and emissions.

Hydrofluorocarbons are a potent greenhouse gas. HFC 134a, the most abundant HFC in use is 3,830 times more powerful than CO as a greenhouse gas over a 20-year period, and global production of HFCs has been increasing by 15% a year for several years. As the most populous nation on earth, with the second largest economy in the world and one of the fastest growing economies worldwide, China has the ability to greatly influence global trends, and the responsibility, in this age of global interconnectivity, to use that influence for the common good. By partnering with the United States, the world’s largest economy and third most-populous nation, in the endeavor of reducing HFC production in both nations, China is setting an example and expressing a commitment to a better world.

Mr. Jinping, again I would like to thank you and your nation for your commitment to climate preservation.


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