Lawmakers Push Bill to Target 'Super Pollutants'

(TheHill) A bipartisan group of lawmakers has introduced a bill aiming to reduce pollutants with an outsized impact on climate change. The bill, from Reps. Scott Peters (D-Calif.), Carlos Curbelo (R-Fla.) and others would create a task force to study ways to reduce pollutants like black carbon methane and hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) that contribute significantly more to climate change than carbon dioxide, the most plentiful greenhouse gas. 

The task force would “optimize existing efforts at various levels of government to reduce super pollutant emissions,” according to Peters’ office

“Super pollutants are the low-hanging fruit in the fight to slow climate change,” he said in a statement. 

“Existing technologies have been proven effective at reducing these potent gases. By coordinating efforts across multiple levels of government, the 'SUPER Act' would help make the U.S. federal government a leader in reducing these pollutants and keeping our air and water clean.”

The legislation comes as the Trump administration increasingly moves away from enforcing pollution rules put in place by Obama-era regulators. 

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