The Ripon Advance: Curbelo introduces bill aimed at maximizing efforts to cut super pollutants

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Washington, D.C. , June 14, 2017 | comments

Legislation introduced by U.S. Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-FL) on Thursday would target short-term “super pollutants” that have a greater impact on climate change than carbon dioxide.

A federal task force would be established to coordinate and maximize existing governmental efforts to cut super pollutants – like black carbon, hydrofluorocarbons and methane – under the Super Pollutant Emissions Reduction (SUPER) Act. Curbelo introduced the bill with bipartisan support from U.S. Rep. Scott Peters (D-CA).

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“While the focus is always on carbon, we need a full picture of all emissions that diminish our ozone, impact our climate, and accelerate sea level rise,” Curbelo, a co-founder of the Climate Solutions Caucus, said. “This task force would be a significant first step to ensuring that our nation has all the information needed to accurately protect our environment from these pollutants.”

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