We Need a Ban on Chloroflourocarbons (CFCs)

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We Need a Ban on CFCs

Life on this planet Earth is the product of a delicate balancing act provided by nature. Mankind's very existence is totally dependent on this fragile ecosystem's ability to maintain itself. A valuable player in the balance of the environment, the ozone layer, is facing a very serious threat by man. Chloroflourocarbons (CFCs), are chemical agents commonly found in refrigerants, aerosol sprays, and in the manufacturing of Styrofoam and industrial solvents. With the rate of more than a half-million tons of CFCs being spewed into the atmosphere yearly, the rate of ozone depletion is rising at an alarming rate. If a global effort is not made to end the unnecessary use of CFCs, the inhabitants of this planet face an extremely difficult and frightening future.

CFCs were invented in Dayton, Ohio, in 1928. They were the product of an intensive search by engineers with the G. M. Research Corporation to find a safe, non-toxic, non-flammable refrigerant. Frigidaire patented the formula for CFCs in 1928 and the "new wonder gas" was named Freon. Seth Cagin and Phillip Dray, co-authors of Between Earth and Sky, inform us in their story of CFCs that "Freon soon topped the list of wonders, a 'miracle' refrigerant . . . [with the] combination of safety, cleanliness, and efficiency . . . " (66). Not only was the apparently "safe" gas being used in refrigeration, but with the innovation of air-conditioning by Willis Carrier prior to World War I, Freon would one day be used to cool our homes, automobiles, and businesses.

Other applications for CFCs soon followed. Out of the need to eliminate malaria-carrying mosquitoes during the first World War, Freon 12 was found to be ...

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* The number of respondants to each choice was:

o A. 8

o B. 2

o C. 3

o D. 7

Works Cited

Brick, Phil. "Determined Opposition: The Wise Use Movement Challenges Environmentalism." Environment October 1995: 17.

Cagin, Seth and Philip Dray. Between Earth and Sky: How CFC's Changed Our World and Endangered The Ozone Layer. New York: Pantheon Books, 1993.

Gore, Al. Earth in the Balance: Ecology and the Human Spirit. New York: Plume, 1993.

Icair Network. "Atmospheric Ozone." Ozone Information. World Wide Web: http://icair.iac.org.nz/ozone/ozone.html(9k)

Roan, Sharon. Ozone Crisis: The Fifteen Year Evolution of a Sudden Global Emergency. New York: Wiley, 1989.

U. S. Bureau of the Census. Statistical Abstract of the United States: 1995 (115th edition). Washington, D. C., 1995.

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