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Senate committee nod for Kigali Amendment

USA: Industry groups have applauded Wednesday’s recommendation by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for approval of the Kigali Amendment by the full US Senate.

A joint statement by the National Association of Manufacturers, Air-Conditioning Heating and Refrigeration Institute, American Chemistry Council, The Alliance for Responsible Atmospheric Policy, and the US Chamber of Commerce applauded the committee for “its bipartisan vote” approving the Kigali Amendment for consideration by the full senate. 

“This is an important step in ensuring the US joins this global effort while accessing international markets that will grow American jobs. It is a win for the economy, the environment, and US leadership,” it said. 

The Amendment will now be sent to the full senate, where 67 votes (or two-thirds of those present and voting) will be required.

However, the Kigali Amendment is not without its opponents in the US. A group of 20 US conservative groups, including the American Energy Alliance, The Heartland Institute and the Conservative Caucus have written to the senate urging a vote against ratification, claiming it would impose costly restrictions on the American people, serve as a consumer tax on air conditioning and refrigeration and give an unfair advantage to China and other industrial nations.

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