Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) are found in all air-conditioning and refrigeration units in America. But production of this inexpensive, efficient, and non-toxic substance — most commonly known as freon — is now scheduled to be banned in the United States by the end of 1995. According to Ben Lieberman's June 1994 Competitive Enterprise Institute study, The High Cost of Cool, the cost of this ban for users of air conditioners and refrigerators -- which means virtually every American — will be between $44.5 and $99.4 billion over the next decade. Assuming a figure of 100 million American households, the ban will cost between $445 and $994 for each household.
Ignoring the overwhelming, and steadily growing, body of scientific evidence that the global-warming "crisis" is nonexistent, President Clinton issued an environmental "clarion call" (his term) to the nation in his Earth Day '93 address. "I reaffirm, my personal, and announce our nation's commitment," he said, "to reducing our emissions of greenhouse gases to their 1990 levels by the year 2000."
The Ellen, Mills, and Pozsgai families know firsthand the wrath and power of an out-of-control bureaucracy determined to control private property.
The 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio de Janeiro was history's largest gathering of world leaders and environmentalists. Maurice Strong, executive secretary of the conference, said, "This is a launching pad, not a quick fix." The leadership of the huge environmental lobbying network in Washington, DC fully realizes this and plan to gear up for sustained warfare on the many issues addressed at the summit.