FEDS CRACK DOWN ON FREON DEALERS
By The Spotlight staff
(The Spotlight, Jan. 27, 1997)
A powerful family with historic ties to
the drug racket has lots of clout at the
Justice Department. What's that have to
do with your air conditioner?
During the 1996 presidential campaign, the Bronfman family and
their Seagrams liquor empire were the largest contributors to
both the Republican and Democratic National Committees.
Through their other major holdings -- such as the DuPont
Corporation and the media giant, Time-Warner -- the Bronfmans
exercise additional clout and throw around further political
Undoubtedly, they've got lots of clout. Some cynics suspect that
a recent Justice Department initiative just might have something
to do with Bronfman family clout in official Washington. Here's
the story -- and it affects your daily life:
For generations, refrigerators and air conditioners used
chlorofluorocarbon (CFC-12) gas -- popularly known as "Freon" --
as the method of refrigeration. Freon was -- and is by far --
the cheapest refrigerant on the market.
Some years ago, however, the media began beating the drum against
Freon, saying it was dangerous to the Earth's ozone layer. Then,
lo and behold, the Bronfman family-controlled DuPont Chemical
company announced the creation of a Freon substitute called SUVA
that is supposedly non-hazardous to the environment. In 1995,
the federal government then banned the production of and
importation of Freon into the United States, although one state
-- Arizona -- has defied the federal ban.
As a consequence of all of this, refrigerators and air
conditioners will have to stop using Freon and will have to
switch to SUVA, which costs more than 40 times as much as Freon.
This will bring immense profits to the Bronfman family and it
will cost you money. According to researcher Donald Ruddy, "it
absolutely will not work in your present Freon-charge machines."
(Spotlight, March 18, 1996).
In other words, somebody is also going to make a lot of money
when you have to have your refrigerators and your air
conditioners re-conditioned to accept SUVA. You're going to have
to pay lots of additional money to have that done or else you're
going to have to buy new refrigerators and air conditioners using
SUVA after the Freon supply runs out.
It's very simple -- and profitable.
Now, the Clinton administration, flush with re-election thanks to
a big boost from the Bronfman empire, is cracking down on Freon
smugglers. In early January Attorney General Janet Reno proudly
announced the arrest of a dozen chlorofluorocarbon smugglers
(although Miss Reno's record in nailing drug smugglers in Miami,
where she served as state's attorney, was less than stellar).
Instead of cracking down on drug smugglers, federal agents are
now targeting Freon smugglers. Some in Washington even expect
the CIA to get involved.
The irony of all this is immense. After all, the Bronfman family
made their millions smuggling alcohol and drugs in league with
Meyer Lansky, "chairman of the board" of the international crime
Lansky is dead and gone, but the Bronfman heirs have gone "legit"
and plowed their family wealth into respectable corporations such
as DuPont. So now the Bronfman clout is being used to crack down
on DuPont's competition. As we said, it's very simple.
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