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On behalf of Americans for Prosperity activists in all 50 states, I write urging you to vote against ratification of the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol on Substances That Deplete the Ozone Layer (Kigali Amendment). This vote may be recorded in AFP’s 2022 legislative scorecard.
This United Nations treaty provision would impose costly restrictions, serving as a consumer tax on air conditioning and refrigeration, on the American people and give an unfair advantage to China and other industrial competitors of the United States.
In 2021 we wrote to this body and identified numerous areas of concern requiring close study and debate prior to Senate ratification. Those included:
Events since our 2021 letter confirm these concerns and demonstrate that harms to Americans would be greater than anticipated. The ongoing energy and inflation crises emphasize the need to preserve Congress’s authority to both reverse restrictive policies and avoid the intractable problems of international efforts to limit or otherwise control the flow of key resources.
After denying Kigali the 67 votes required for ratification, the Senate should join the House in reversing recently enacted limits on domestic production of HFCs as part of a broader agenda to lower costs for consumers and businesses in the next Congress.
For these reasons, we again urge you to preserve America’s sovereign authority and vote against ratification of the Kigali Amendment.
Chief Government Affairs Officer
Americans for Prosperity