There is actually a lot of quality science behind the freon issue, but as Larry says, a lot of Political BS behind the lack of viable alternatives and the way the phase outs are conducted. Relatively little funding is available to test the potential replacements for r-12 (which really does adversely impact the atmosphere in a major way), but lots of funding is aimed at forcing the continued use of other environmentally harmful products (such as Oxygenators like MTBE - a proven water pollutant and severe lung irritant).
At the risk of sounding like a conspiracy nut, when you examine which senators have oversight over which agencies, the BS behind what those agencies require (using products produced in large quantities in "certain" states) becomes a little more understandable. We do have the best government in the world, but it is all too frequently the best government you can buy!
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[This message has been edited by JCE (edited 07-14-2000).]