Hey, remember the ozone layer?

When I worked in the back shops of auto dealerships, we were supposed to use an elaborate vacuum device to suck up all the R-12 refrigerant before opening up AC units for repair. This would prevent the CFCs from rising into the stratosphere, destroying the ozone layer, and … I dunno, give us all cancer or make us sterile or bring back Godzilla or some damn thing. I was never clear on that.

What I was clear on, was that I never worked in a dealership that actually possessed one of those vacuum thingies. So the actual method of draining the chlorofluorocarbons from auto AC systems was to open a valve and wait for it to stop hissing. If CFCs are bad for the ozone layer and the ozone layer is essential to human life, I’m arguably a worse monster than Mao.

Of course as the preceding brief video points out, volcanic eruptions are also supposedly very bad for the ozone layer. Yet Gaia has not forbidden them. It’s confusing to me, but I’m only hoi polloi.

Smarter people than me, of course, were not fooled. After many years of propaganda, the first big international climate protocol actually succeeded in getting a substance generally banned from use and in 1987 chlorofluorocarbons stopped being manufactured for use in refrigeration and air conditioning devices. They were replaced by a large class of hydrofluorocarbons (HFC) which didn’t work as well but had the virtue of sort of working and not reacting with atmospheric ozone. Some thirty years later, “climate scientists” claim there’s some evidence the so-called ozone hole over Antarctica is closing – even with all those pesky volcanoes.

Feel safe yet? Don’t.

Kerry: Air Conditioners as Big a Threat as ISIS

Yes, noted climate change expert John Kerry tells us we must be afraid – very afraid – of … hydrofluorocarbons.

Secretary of State John Kerry said in Vienna on Friday that air conditioners and refrigerators are as big of a threat to life as the threat of terrorism posed by groups like the Islamic State.

Kerry said that most of the substances banned in the Montreal Protocol have increased the use of HFCs and claimed that the coolant was thousands of times more potent than CO2. He added that the increase of HFCs has lead to the trend of global climate change.

“The use of hydrofluorocarbons is unfortunately growing,” Kerry said. “Already, the HFCs use in refrigerators, air conditioners, and other items are emitting an entire gigaton of carbon dioxide-equivalent pollution into the atmosphere annually. Now, if that sounds like a lot, my friends, it’s because it is. It’s the equivalent to emissions from nearly 300 coal-fired power plants every single year.”

Yes, Americans, it doesn’t matter what you do. Unless and until you give over complete control to your betters, you’re all going to die screaming.

Or maybe Godzilla will die screaming, I’m still not clear on…

Of course it would be a lot easier if our betters could only keep their stories straight:

Valerie Jarrett Scolds American For Drinking Beer During A Heat Wave

Jarrett, a longtime friend of Obama’s and one of his closest advisers, offered other tips on how to prevent heat stroke, including not leaving the house and sitting under air conditioning.

Which will be difficult, with the secretary of state trying to get the last working refrigerant globally banned…

(Hey, you know what some ‘environmentalists’ want to use as a replacement for HFC? Carbon dioxide.) 😈

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5 Responses to Hey, remember the ozone layer?

  1. MrTweell says:

    I’ll believe what our VIP’s say when they take it seriously. When Kerry shuts off the A/C units in Foggy Bottom, I’ll start paying attention. When he yanks out the A/C in his palatial mansion(s), I may emulate him.

    My A/C is safe. These folks are incredible hypocrites.

  2. Flatbilly says:

    R12 was evil because the patent expired. R134a replaced it. I suspect that the patent on R134a must be running out. R12 can still be had in Canada for 1/10 what it costs to find some here. I am sure that no smuggling is currently happening. Every farmer I know is happy to spend 2k to have their combine converted to (soon to be banned) R134a.

  3. Anonymous says:

    A “gigaton” of HFCs per year? Frankly, that is not credible. 2,204,622,621,850 pounds of chemical leakage per year? There aren’t that many pounds of refrigerators, HVAC systems, or even whole cars on the planet!

    Gimme a break, Kerry.

  4. wyowanderer says:

    Go over and sign Hopalong’s petition. It’s sure to fail, but fun in the meantime.

  5. Joel says:

    Anon, I think he’s claiming the escaped HFCs are the equivalent of a gigaton of CO2, since supposedly it’s 1500 or 2000 or a brazillion times as efficient a ‘greenhouse gas.’ Makes you wonder why the greenies forced its adoption in the first place.

    But don’t blame Kerry, he just reads what’s on the prompter. I’m reasonably sure John Kerry couldn’t spell hydrofluorocarbon, but then he has people to do that for him.

    Wyo, that’s funny! And I see it’s doing well. I’m sure we’ll hear the proclamation any day now. Yup. Aaaany day now.

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