WaPo: Cool Off by Turning Off the AC
As will sometimes happen, given climate’s natural fluctuation, the District of Criminals has been getting socked with a hot summer. Fortunately God gave humans the smarts to adjust their environments, which they have been doing by cranking up the AC. But the Washington Post does not approve:
In a country that’s among the world’s highest greenhouse-gas emitters, air conditioning is one of the worst power-guzzlers. The energy required to air-condition American homes and retail spaces has doubled since the early 1990s. Turning buildings into refrigerators burns fossil fuels, which emits greenhouse gases, which raises global temperatures, which creates a need for — you guessed it — more air-conditioning.
That is, according to liberal ideology, you can make it be cooler by turning off the AC. Unfortunately, liberal ideology isn’t much use to older people dying from the heat. But hey, they were just going to be a burden on our newly nationalized healthcare system anyway. Besides,
A.C.’s obvious public-health benefits during severe heat waves do not justify its lavish use in everyday life for months on end. Less than half a century ago, America thrived with only the spottiest use of air conditioning.
A half century ago, not too many people lived here in Phoenix, which is now the fifth largest city in the country. The kind of heat that makes the Northeast screech that the world is coming to an end lasts all summer here, every summer. We’re scheduled to hit 114° again this week. Without air conditioning, Phoenix would not be possible.
But meanwhile, in the adolescent dreamland our liberal ruling class inhabits…
In a world without air conditioning, a warmer, more flexible, more relaxed workplace helps make summer a time to slow down again. Three-digit temperatures prompt siestas. Code-orange days mean offices are closed. Shorter summer business hours and month-long closings — common in pre-air-conditioned America — return.
Month-long closings: the shot in the arm our debt-crippled economy needs. As for older folks, it turns out they won’t die in the heat after all:
Rather than cowering alone in chilly home-entertainment rooms, neighbors get to know one another. Because there are more people outside, streets in high-crime areas become safer. As a result of all this, a strange thing happens: Deaths from heat decline. Elderly people no longer die alone inside sweltering apartments, too afraid to venture outside for help and too isolated to be noticed. Instead, people look out for one another during heat waves, checking in on their most vulnerable neighbors.
The moonbats writing at WaPo are so detached from reality as to qualify as clinically insane. Yet their preposterous ideology is shared by the people running the federal government. For all we know, air conditioning has already been outlawed in a clause of the ObamaCare bill that no one has gotten around to reading yet.
On a tip from Mega. Cross-posted at Moonbattery.