In another effort to roll back environmental regulations, conservative Republicans in Congress are moving to postpone the phasing out of chemicals that scientists say are destroying the earth’s protective ozone layer in the stratosphere.
Rep. John T. Doolittle, R-Calif., Wednesday introduced a bill to postpone, until Jan. 1, 2000, a ban on the production of chlorofluorocarbons, or CFCs, which scientists widely consider the major destroyers of ozone. Production is supposed to cease as of next Jan. 1 under United States law and an international agreement negotiated in the Bush administration and ratified by the Senate in 1993.
Doolittle told a House subcommittee that he was introducing his bill because “there has not been a sufficient showing of scientific evidence to justify” the Jan. 1 deadline. Prospects for passage of the bills are seen as problematic at best.