Remember back in 2016 when Secretary of State John Kerry declared the effort to phase out refrigerants like those in air conditioners as important as the fight against ISIS, if not more so — “because it has the ability to literally save life on the planet itself”?
The idea of giving up air conditioning comes up every year. In Summer 2016, The Washington Post argued that air conditioning has made Americans “greedy and silly,” while adapting to the heat could be regarded as sultry, mysterious, and sensual.
In Summer 2017, The Boston Globe published writer Lyon Neyfakh’s suggestion that Americans can learn to adapt to the heat by “weaving together techniques from the past [and] ideas from hot-weather countries.”
It’s Summer 2018, and this time Mic is up to bat:
— Mic (@mic) August 11, 2018
Kelly Kasulis writes, likely from an air-conditioned office:
Now, a study from the University of Wisconsin-Madison has a disturbing new revelation: In a simulation of a three-month summer period, air pollution directly related to fossil fuel burning that powers air conditioning accounts for about 1,000 deaths. Even worse, that figure only covers the Eastern United States. And as climate change turns increasingly turns up the heat, the problem could get worse as more Americans compensate by further refrigerating themselves indoors.
So now air conditioning has killed 1,000 people this summer … in a simulation.
A scientist at the University of Wisconsin says we should ditch AC… let me know when a scientist at UCLA or the University of Florida recommends the same
— Adam Ford (@AdamFord92) August 11, 2018
No. Go away.
— JWF (@JammieWF) August 11, 2018
We? So you published this garbage from a non-air conditioned office or nah?
— DJ (@DJNYified) August 11, 2018
Y'all couldn't survive 2 hours without AC
— Arum Fox ?? & Israel ⭐⭐⭐ (@ArumFox) August 11, 2018
You go ahead.
— Arthur Fortune (@CBove1) August 11, 2018
Libs want a world where they sit in hot rooms without straws all day https://t.co/8OhZqaZISe
— Comfortably Smug (@ComfortablySmug) August 11, 2018
"we". No, you mean poor people. Poor people will be forced to do without A/C for the privilege of the rich to coo about "global warming" while they live in A/C and fly about on jets.
— Athena (@1trueathena) August 11, 2018
Live in Texas and tell that to the elderly https://t.co/Afsjo2FVvj
— The Sock Puppet guy (@SockPuppetMars) August 11, 2018
It isn't getting hotter.
And you can ditch YOUR AC.
— Anton Zilwicky (@antonzilwicky54) August 11, 2018
Spend a few years in Mississippi without any AC in any place you go/stay/sleep, then come back an revisit this tweet.
— Zonedar (@Zonedar) August 11, 2018
? My animals say no way in Hell! pic.twitter.com/P3jfBEOE0z
— Pure Michigan Girl (@PureMichiganGrl) August 11, 2018
Come to Southern Arizona and take my AC. I dare you. https://t.co/qXyfVr7SfH
— RommelsMom (@RommelsMom) August 11, 2018
I've often wondered how far they'd have to push before I'd join an armed rebellion. Exactly this far. https://t.co/3w4S9c2SEu
— Kayla Elizabeth (@VixenRogue) August 11, 2018
Good talk. We’ll have it again next August.
John Kerry equating threats from ISIS and air conditioning frosts Joe Bastardi https://t.co/vQlJfer36S
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) July 23, 2016