Summer officially arrives next week, which means it was just over one year ago that Secretary of State John Kerry declared the effort to phase out refrigerants like those in air conditioners was as important as the against ISIS, if not more so — “because it has the ability to literally save life on the planet itself.”
It wasn’t long after that the Washington Post frosted readers with a piece by Karen Heller asserting that she doesn’t need air conditioning, and neither should you. Air conditioning has made Americans “greedy and silly,” she wrote, when they could do without and embrace the sultry, mysterious, and sensual world of armpit stains.
The Boston Globe isn’t waiting until August to spring its instructional guide on how to live without air conditioning.
— The Boston Globe (@BostonGlobe) June 11, 2017
“How” isn’t the tough question; it’s “why” — but everyone knows the answer to that already:
In China and India, air conditioning sales have reportedly been growing by 20 percent per year; around the world, air conditioning energy demand is projected to increase vastly over the next decades. According to Stan Cox, author of the 2010 book “Losing Our Cool,” air conditioning in the United States already has a global-warming impact equivalent to every US household driving an extra 10,000 miles per year.
Writer Lyon Neyfakh suggests that Americans can learn to adapt to the heat by “weaving together techniques from the past [and] ideas from hot-weather countries” — presumably including those countries where air conditioning sales have been growing 20 percent a year.
How about no?
— Saved By The Blood (@vonzion) June 12, 2017
— Tom Tabler (@tctabler) June 11, 2017
Are you high
— Andrew Shaffer (@andrewtshaffer) June 11, 2017
You guys go first. Then we'll talk.
— Sunny Winter (@sunnywintersays) June 12, 2017
You try it first in your large concrete building, then tell me how it goes.
— Jake Wise (@JakeTheCatholic) June 11, 2017
I dare you turn off your a/c in your server rooms. See how many hits you get then 😝
— Steve lizewski (@lizewski67) June 11, 2017
I have. I won't again. Perhaps you could learn to live without condescension?
— David Burrow (@DBurrowtx) June 12, 2017
Shut up with virtue signaling.
— Just Brad (@bradcundiff) June 12, 2017
If you believe in AG Climate Change cut your electric and ride a bicycle or walk, then the rest of us will have all we need
— Beto The Elder (@Beto_In_Austin) June 12, 2017
Sorry, but giving up AC will be last thing I do voluntarily. One of the greatest inventions EVER and I'm going to enjoy the comfort of it.
— G. Brock (@mickeysooner) June 12, 2017
This is not about A/C.This is usual climate fraud catastrophe porn posing as an article about A/C.Give the propaganda a rest.@BostonGlobe
— Plague of Progs (@PlagueofProgs) June 11, 2017
1. Learn how to live without the @BostonGlobe
2. Use cooling & heating devices as necessary for health & comfort like a civilized human.
— Directed^Energy (@Ike_Kiefer) June 12, 2017
Thanks for that article…
You've convinced me…
To put in another Air Conditioner…
— Politically agnostic (@joeleyare) June 11, 2017
Fuck you, I'm turning my AC cooler just for you.
— C-Ya… (@CyaCrazyCA) June 11, 2017
Come somewhere where it's easily 100 plus on a daily basis and write this article.
— Bryan Drake (@Bryandrakeshow) June 11, 2017
Move to Florida and live here between April and November and let me know how that works out for you.
— SK (@stevejk) June 11, 2017
Try that mess in La. and see how far you get. #FakeNews
— J.J. Crippen (@jjsr4627) June 11, 2017
Especially on days where it's 99 degrees but with the 100% humidity it feels like 110.
— Dirtycracker (@dirtycracker) June 11, 2017
Come to my hometown of San Antonio, you'll suffocate in a day. Heat stroke is real down here. #RealityCheck
— *Raquel* RoquiRock (@RoquiRock) June 12, 2017
A healthy young to mid age adult could live without A/C fine yeah. The sick, elderly, infants, young children, pregnant women… not so much
— Jordan (@MadDawgGolde) June 12, 2017
Now do heating.
— Roger (@Roger247) June 12, 2017
Interior cooling in a hot climate is much less energy-intensive that warming in a cold one. How about Massachusetts gives up heat instead?
— Will Collier (@willcollier) June 11, 2017
Could Bostonians just heat homes with a seal oil lamp?
— Maximus Decimus (@gregnortong) June 12, 2017
— Nena Librera (@nenabill) June 12, 2017
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Washington Post: Air conditioning made Americans greedy and silly, and you don’t need it https://t.co/RAwiqOd2hI
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) August 18, 2016