Time Magazine: AC Is Really Bad For ‘Climate Change’, Here’s How Government Can Take It Away

With it being summer and people using more air conditioning, Time Magazine is very upset. Not upset enough for them to give up their office AC, of course

A/C Feels Great, But It’s Terrible for the Planet. Here’s How to Fix That

For the past few days, a heatwave has glowered over the Pacific Northwest, forcing temperatures in the region to a record-breaking 118ºF. Few people in the region—neither Americans nor Canadians—have air-conditioning. Stores sold out of new AC units in hours as a panicked public sought a reasonable solution to the emergency. Unfortunately, air-conditioning is part of what’s causing the unusual heatwave in the first place.

We came close to destroying all life on Earth during the Cold War, with the threat of nuclear annihilation. But we may have come even closer during the cooling war, when the rising number of Americans with air conditioners—and a refrigerant industry that fought regulation—nearly obliterated the ozone layer. We avoided that environmental catastrophe, but the fundamental problem of air conditioning has never really been resolved.

This comes via Jazz Shaw, who writes

As I said, the article begins with the history of air conditioning and how it was originally invented for industrial purposes rather than personal cooling. It then steps through the various incarnations of cooling technology… at great length. Finally, at the very end, we get to the big reveal. What do we do about it? Here you go.

The troubled history of air-conditioning suggests not that we chuck it entirely but that we focus on public cooling, on public comfort, rather than individual cooling, on individual comfort. Ensuring that the most vulnerable among the planet’s human inhabitants can keep cool through better access to public cooling centers, shade-giving trees, safe green spaces, water infrastructure to cool, and smart design will not only enrich our cities overall, it will lower the temperature for everyone. It’s far more efficient this way.

To do so, we’ll have to re-orient ourselves to the meaning of air-conditioning. And to comfort. Privatized air-conditioning survived the ozone crisis, but its power to separate—by class, by race, by nation, by ability—has survived, too. Comfort for some comes at the expense of the life on this planet.

It’s time we become more comfortable with discomfort. Our survival may depend on it.

By we, they mean you. Not themselves at Time. And who will force people to re-orient themselves? Government, of course! You should no longer have privatized air condition. Just get used to discomfort, peons.

Anyway, a couple other things from the article below the fold

In May, the EPA signaled it will begin phasing down HFCs and replacing them with more climate-friendly alternatives. Experts agree that a swift end to HFCs could prevent as much as 0.5ºC of warming over the next century—a third of the way to the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement.

I’ve mentioned this several times. And that there are no viable alternatives to HFCs at this time. A very limited quantity of very expensive gases.

From Freon to HFCs, we keep replacing chemical refrigerants without taking a hard look at why we’re cooling in the first place.

Why is Time Magazine air conditioning their office? How about they just mind their own f’ing business.

And, of course, air-conditioning only works when you have the electricity to power it. During heatwaves, when air-conditioning is needed most, blackouts are frequent. On Sunday, with afternoon temperatures reaching 112ºF around Portland, the power grid failed for more than 6,300 residences under control by Portland General Electrics.

Yeah, let’s replace viable, dependable, reliable, affordable electric generation methods with ones that are the opposite.

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9 Responses to “Time Magazine: AC Is Really Bad For ‘Climate Change’, Here’s How Government Can Take It Away”

  1. Hairy says:

    America was great when taxes were high and people used electric fans

  2. Dana says:

    Here’s Time, Inc’s office building, at 225 Liberty Street, New York City:

    As a media company and curator of creative content, a huge focus was placed on brand-supported specialty spaces—including fashion and beauty closets, test kitchens, a wine room, the newsroom, flash studios, and more. These spaces were designed specific to and in close collaboration with each brand and exist in tandem with their workspace. Outside of these brand-owned spaces, there are larger amenity spaces including photo and video studios, XM studio, and a 360 seat raked auditorium that can be rented out by community organizations.

    Of course, we’ve all learned that journolists journalists can work from home now, so maybe Time, which is failing anyway, will be motivated to radically downsize its offices — actually, I think they already have — and require their middle-class white writers to work remotely.

  3. Hairy says:

    Yes itvis so true
    Teach doesnt want any of that socialisit public cooling! No trees on public city streets that isike communism

  4. Bob Bobby says:

    They can take my AC when I run out of ammo.

  5. Jl says:

    Interesting-what ozone hole? 12 articles on the subject. Key takeaway- they may not know why they’re talking about…… https://tambonthongchai.com/2021/03/31/list-of-posts-on-ozone-depletion/

  6. JC Collins says:

    Move to Houston. Spend 45 straight years without Ac. I da
    re ya!

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