ACCF to President Trump: Back Kigali Amendment to Boost U.S. Competitiveness

 

June 20 2018 

The Honorable Donald J. Trump
President of the United States
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington, D.C. 20500 

Dear President Trump: 

On behalf of the undersigned organizations, we commend the many steps your administration has taken to making America a more competitive place to do business. The administration can build on this success and ensure the creation of new American jobs by backing the Kigali amendment to the Montreal Protocol and then supporting its Senate ratification. 

Through a combination of deregulation and pro-growth tax reform, the economy is roaring again. The economy has grown at 2.9 percent in the past year, far outpacing the 2 percent growth averaged under the Obama years. 

Today, the unemployment rate is at 3.9 percent, a 17 year low. Job openings have hit a record high of 6.6 million, and real disposable income grew at 3.4 percent in Q1 of 2018. In the past year, optimism among small businesses, manufacturers, and middle market businesses has hit record high levels. 

Your administration should now look to advance policies that further advance American competitiveness. The Kigali amendment will do this by allowing U.S. manufacturers to access foreign markets. 

The Kigali amendment is an agreement guiding the phasedown of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) used in refrigeration, heating and air-conditioning equipment in favor of newer technologies such as hydrofluroolefins (HFOs). 

Because of the technological prowess of American manufacturers, U.S. businesses stand to gain from this deal – ratification will open new markets at a time when demand for refrigeration, heating, and air-condition equipment is projected to grow. 

According to a study conducted by JMS Consulting and Inforum, ratifying the Kigali amendment will grow the U.S. share for these products by 25 percent. Failing to ratify the Kigali amendment will see American market share decline by 14 percent. 

Ratifying the Kigali amendment will increase economic output by $12.5 billion, leading to 33,000 more manufacturing jobs over the next decade and 117,000 indirect jobs in manufacturing dependent industries. The amendment also has broad support in the U.S. business and manufacturing community. 

The agreement currently has enough support amongst other nations to go into effect on January 1, 2019. However, if the U.S. fails to ratify the agreement, American manufacturers will be restricted in their ability to sell into foreign markets at the cost of jobs and wealth. 

Senate ratification of the Kigali amendment will build on the success of deregulation and tax reform and help ensure the economy continues to grow at strong levels. This agreement has our support because it will ensure that U.S. manufacturers are able to thrive in the global economy and create more wealth and jobs in America. 

Sincerely, 

Alex Hendrie Director of Tax Policy, Americans for Tax Reform 

George David Banks Executive Vice President, American Council for Capital Formation 

Patrick Hedger Director of Policy, FreedomWorks 

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George David Banks
George David Banks is Executive Vice President at the American Council for Capital Formation. He is an economist, political consultant, and policy advocate, focusing on energy, environment, and trade. Banks has published reports and opinion editorials on a variety of policy issues, including climate change, civil nuclear power, and energy markets and trade. He is also a fellow at Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy and a member of the ClearPath Foundation’s advisory board. Most recently, he served as President Donald Trump’s Special Assistant for International Energy and Environment at the National Economic and National Security Councils – a position that required him to manage workstreams related to his portfolio across the federal government.