For decades, Sen Gore, Sr., young Al Gore’s Dad and then Al Gore, Jr., as Rep., Senator and Vice President have been the “go to” politicians for political issues related to the US nuclear weapons programs’ nitty gritty problems. The Montreal “Problem” was no exception and a serious threat to a lot of peoples’ job security. This was really serious.
The rest of the world was conspiring to rid the world of nuclear weapons. That would never do. The “best minds” would solve this problem and that meant the Livermore Nuke Weapons Lab along with the other nuclear weapons labs.
It was from this job threatening situation that the new “problem” invisible, odorless gas, CO2, was called upon to solve. All the “best minds” joined in on the dogpile and in a few years the irksome CFCs and the troublesome Montreal Protocol were forgotten in the “Global Warming – CO2” debate.