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Senators Reach Agreement on Issue That Stalled Energy Bill (1)

Sept. 10, 2020, 7:57 PMUpdated: Sept. 10, 2020, 8:44 PM

Two Republican senators and one Democrat on Thursday announced a bipartisan agreement to authorize a 15-year phasedown of hydrofluorocarbons, greenhouse gases found in refrigeration and air conditioning.

Senate Environment and Public Works Chairman John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member Tom Carper (D-Del.), and John Kennedy (R-La.), agreed to change an amendment offered last winter to S. 2657, the American Energy Innovation Act.

“With this agreement, we now have a clear path in Congress to enact and implement a nationwide phasedown of hydrofluorocarbons,” Carper said.

The energy package, offered by Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), was doomed earlier ...