AGW Today: Now Air Conditioners Are Bad, And Hosed America From The Beginning

Have you ever noticed that liberal whine a lot? The glass is usually empty in their world. Nothing is ever good enough. And, once they have beaten one thing to death, they find something else (though, they will come back to beating the previous thing when necessary). Now we have them whining about air conditioners

In the last half century, air conditioning has joined fireworks, swimming pools and charred hamburgers as a ubiquitous ingredient of an American summer. It’s no exaggeration to say it has changed the way this country functions, shaping everything from where we’re willing to live (Las Vegas, anyone?) to the amount of sex we have (more: It’s never too hot to get it on when the A.C. is blasting). Nine out of 10 new homes in this country are built with central air conditioning, and Americans now use as much electricity to power our A.C. as the entire continent of Africa uses for, well, everything. It has so thoroughly scrambled our way of life that when the National Academy of Engineering chose its 20 greatest engineering accomplishments of the last century, A.C. not only made the list, it clocked in ahead of spacecraft, highways and even the Internet.

Yeah, that pesky AC, which allowed people to live and work in comfort. How dare Ding Huan start it all off by inventing the rotary fan in the 2nd Century!

But as science writer Stan Cox argues in his new book, “Losing Our Cool: Uncomfortable Truths About Our Air-Conditioned World (and Finding New Ways to Get Through the Summer),” the dizzying rise of air conditioning comes at a steep personal and societal price. We stay inside longer, exercise less, and get sick more often — and the electricity used to power all that A.C. is helping push the fast-forward button on global warming. The invention has also changed American politics: Love it or hate it, refrigerated cooling has been a major boon to the Republican Party. The advent of A.C. helped launch the massive Southern and Western population growth that’s transformed our electoral map in the last half century. Cox navigates all of these scientific and social angles with relative ease, providing a clear explanation of how A.C. made the leap from luxury to necessity in the United States and examining how we can learn to manage the addiction before we refrigerate ourselves into the apocalypse.

I’ll tell you what, Stan, Salon writer Ryan Brown, and all the rest of you little climate alarmists: you give up your AC first. Walk the talk. Are you up for it? If you can all do it for several years, than perhaps we will start buying into your unhinged climate alarmism.

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7 Responses to “AGW Today: Now Air Conditioners Are Bad, And Hosed America From The Beginning”

  1. John Ryan says:

    Walk the walk ?? uhhh you mean like joining the military before advocating sending our young off to war ??? I thought that the “chickenhawk” argument wasn’t valid? Or how about this one Teach, WALK THE WALK vacation in AZ don’t support the boycott by flying to CA. It is the same old if you can’t attack the facts, attack the messenger(s)

  2. John Ryan says:

    oh and of course unless the original article places some words in bold font, it should be mentioned that it was done by you. Is that the case here ?

  3. John Ryan says:

    Can we haz our global cooling soon? Please. It is getting really hot.

  4. gitarcarver says:

    Or how about this one Teach, WALK THE WALK vacation in AZ don’t support the boycott by flying to CA.

    The lack of logic here is staggering. By your thinking, buying a hamburger at Burger King is a boycott of McDonalds.

    Tell ya what, you keep harping about oil, and the environment, when you get your butt out of your stinky, polluting, oil wasting, energy wasting truck, then you can tell the rest of us how to do things.

    It is the same old if you can’t attack the facts, attack the messenger(s)

    You mean like your “facts” on AGW? Or your “fact” that the Franks were a “minority?”

    Facts to you are like garlic to a vampire.

  5. Trish says:

    Let them try to take my air conditioners.
    I have three running right now and several fans to move the cooled air around. And if I think of it when I go home, I may turn on three more fans in the unused bedrooms upstairs too.
    And if any one of these a$$wipes tries to tell me I can’t cool down my house when it is 101 degrees with high humidity, I’ll shoot them. Plain and simple. Same goes for my kid’s homes, where they have small children and babies residing there.
    I try not to run it when the temps are not this bad, but God help the person who feels it is their right to tell me how cool or warm I may keep my home!!
    Oh and please, “Love it or hate it, refrigerated cooling has been a major boon to the Republican Party.” That may be the single most ridiculous observation I have ever heard.
    Johnny, STFU please; it is truly too hot to play along nicely with you on this matter. If you don’t agree that these two articles are stupider than dirt, then please by all means keep it to yourself.

  6. David says:

    I can remember the South before we had air. You did everything in the morning. At noon you went in and laid down until dusk. Still you got hot so you had to take several showers a day. Air has significantly increaed the productivity of the area. There has not been any “cost”. Funny how as the Yankees moved down here, they became much more conservative. Must be the education and seeing were their welfare dollars go.

    But one plea, Mr. Gore, I am sorry I did not vote for you. Now would you turn the heat off.

  7. Otter says:

    Yo! ‘lil Liar! Turn off the AC in your truck, you are killing the planet!

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