From a deep sleep, I slowly open my eyes and roll off my foam mattress—the foam padding made with chlorofluorocarbons ("CFCs"). My feet touch the carpet-the underlay also made with CFCs. I stumble into the kitchen, to the refrigerator. With the summertime heat, the motor is working overtime. Its coolant, made of CFCs, is keeping my orange juice cold; the foam egg carton, also of CFCs, is keeping my eggs fresh. And there is my breakfast steak: resplendent in its CFC foam package. Time to get to work Jumping into the car, I land in the CFC foam cushion seat, and switch on the CFC-cooled air conditioner. "I'm caught in a vicious cycle," I contemplate. "The more CFCs I use, the warmer the Earth's temperatures become because of the greenhouse effect. The warmer the greenhouse temperatures, the more I need this air conditioner. That means more CFCs. " I walk into my office building-the central air system using CFCs to cool the entire skyscraper. Before entering my office (the walls containing CFC insulation), and before turning on my computer terminal (made with CFC-cleaned semiconductors and chips), I turn first to pour a cup of coffee (into a CFC-made Styrofoam cup). Finally, I sit down to work, settling down, of course, in my CFC foam-padded chair.
Douglas H. Ogden,
The Montreal Protocol: Confronting the Threat to Earth's Ozone Layer,
63 Wash. L. Rev.
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