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Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) are very common coolants that are used in air conditioners, refrigerators, and spray cans all around the world. They are severely needed for many of today's basic household necessities. The problem with CFCs, however, is that their ability to float high into the atmosphere, which eventually leads to depletion of the ozone layer. There is a lot of controversy over whether CFCs should be used, because of their danger in reducing the amount of ozone. It is clear, however, that the positive aspects of CFC use severely outweigh the negative effects of CFCs.

First of all, CFCs are simply necessary to operate every day products like hair spray, refrigerators, and air conditioners. Without CFCs, America would be at a terrible loss. in addition to this, however, there are several other positive effects of using CFCs. When the CFCs from the coolants go into the atmosphere, they cool down the earth's atmosphere as well.

Many scientists agree that the earth's atmosphere is heating up at a rapid pace. This is called global warming. When the CFCs are sent into the atmosphere, they cool down the atmosphere, thus severely slowing down the time that global warming takes. This means that the lives of millions of people will no longer be jeopardized by global warming, which alone is a significant reason for why CFCs should not be banned.

There is one downside to CFCs however. When CFCs are sent into the atmosphere from daily use of household products that require CFCs, there is an affect on the ozone layer. CFCs have a property that allows them to float higher and higher into the atmosphere. Once CFCs reach the stratosphere, which is just past the atmosphere, they are zapped by Ultraviolet radiation coming from the...