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A Luxury the World Canít Afford (Air Conditionining!)
The New York Times ^ | June 21, 2012 | Stan Cox

Posted on 06/22/2012 4:14:16 PM PDT by Timber Rattler

The economist Thorstein Veblen once quipped that "invention is the mother of necessity." That was before the age of air-conditioning, but no technology better illustrates Veblen's point. Having developed efficient cooling, we've designed homes, businesses and transportation systems that are completely dependent on it, while the resulting greenhouse emissions create the need for even more air-conditioning.

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We must break this feedback loop, but what does one say to someone living in one of the tropical nations where much of the increase in cooling demand is expected? Surely not that Americans are addicted to air-conditioning and can’t give it up, but we expect Southeast Asians to get by without air-conditioners because they're used to the heat.

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; US: New York
KEYWORDS: ac; agenda21; airconditioning; carbon; climatechangehoax; cultureofdeath; globalwarming; globalwarminghoax; hotaircult; neoluddism
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To: Timber Rattler

I’ve got a couple of window shakers, but with the ceiling fans running I seldom need them.


21 posted on 06/22/2012 4:30:41 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: Dallas59

at about 100 degrees farenheit fans make things WORSE by dehydrating you faster than without them.


22 posted on 06/22/2012 4:30:59 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: Timber Rattler
Great grandmother had one of these in the window...looks about the same too...



Never was real hot inside when we went to her house.
23 posted on 06/22/2012 4:31:06 PM PDT by Dallas59 (President Robert Gibbs 2009-2011)
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To: Darren McCarty

Friend of mine went to England to study for a year. In the winter it was very cold even in the buildings. He says he saw a radiator and just turned it up. Sat down to read and thought nothing more of it. In a few minutes some buildings maintenance guys come by and jumps his case about it claiming global warming etc... So in a way it is already being done by progressive policy.


24 posted on 06/22/2012 4:31:19 PM PDT by smaug6 (We can't afford to be innocent!! Stand up and face the enemy.)
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To: Dallas59

water coolers were great when I was a kid but they’d be destroying electronics these days with all that moisture in the air


25 posted on 06/22/2012 4:32:41 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: Timber Rattler

Stan Cox is the author of “Losing Our Cool: Uncomfortable Truths About Our Air-Conditioned World (and Finding New Ways to Get Through the Summer).”

This is his schtick. It’s his bread-and-honey issue. I wouldn’t be surprised if he has a house somewhere without airconditioning (and only VISITS friends who have the aircon on... see? those are just VISITS... not his own house).

Whatever. He has to push the blatant double-lie that the “climate is warming and that people are the reason” or else what? Or else he’ll have to get and actual JOB???? Heaven forbid! Rather turn off the aircon (at least in one of his homes) before he does THAT!!!!


26 posted on 06/22/2012 4:33:35 PM PDT by samtheman (http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/jun/21/obamas-socialist-designs/)
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To: Timber Rattler
NYT's ideal family:


27 posted on 06/22/2012 4:33:59 PM PDT by Bratch
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To: Timber Rattler

“We can’t drive our SUVs and eat as much as we want and keep our homes on 72 degrees at all times ... and then just expect that other countries are going to say OK,” Obama said.


28 posted on 06/22/2012 4:35:29 PM PDT by Flag_This (Real presidents don't bow.)
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To: Timber Rattler
When algore,Soros,Bella Pelosi and Osama Obama himself start going without A/C I'll consider doing the same.But not before!
29 posted on 06/22/2012 4:35:33 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Bill Ayers Was *Not* "Just Some Guy In The Neighborhood")
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To: Timber Rattler

“We must break this feedback loop...”

I’m in favor of breaking the noses, and necks, if necessary, of the traitorous Nazi scum at the NYT.

IMO, George Washington’s last act as the general of the Continental Army should have been burning New York city to the ground and salting the earth. That God-foresaken place spawns traitors, dictators and devils.


30 posted on 06/22/2012 4:37:11 PM PDT by sergeantdave (Public unions exist to protect the unions from the taxpaying public)
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To: abercrombie_guy_38
I was in Bangkok in April and Thais sure know how to use AC.

A couple of years ago I visited Dubai in early November (95 degrees during the day).They too aren't bashful when it comes to the A/C at the huge mall I visited.

31 posted on 06/22/2012 4:39:01 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Bill Ayers Was *Not* "Just Some Guy In The Neighborhood")
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To: GeronL

....just had a few thunder storms roll through...temps went from low 90’s with high humidity to around 78 in about an hour


32 posted on 06/22/2012 4:39:17 PM PDT by Doogle (((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated)))
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To: Timber Rattler

Thanks for the article. Rather closed-minded, isn’t he?

All is well and good with these guys until you ask THEM to do without their air conditioning, or the energy to run the printing presses, or the energy to run their computer.

HOW ABOUT we find better ways to produce abundant and cheap energy so that EVERYBODY can afford AIR CONDITIONING????

If we ran an AC unit in every house on the whole planet for 10 years, we couldn’t cause a ‘change’ in ‘global’ temperatures like that caused by ONE VOLCANO.

Volcanoes are constantly going off. Why aren’t we all dead?


33 posted on 06/22/2012 4:39:17 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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To: BreezyDog

Doubt it !! Just a lot more fat, sweaty people.


34 posted on 06/22/2012 4:39:57 PM PDT by Delta 21 (Oh Crap !! Did I say that out loud ??!??)
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To: Timber Rattler

Maybe we could just build a giant umbrella to cover Southeast Asia, then the rest of us could keep our AC.


35 posted on 06/22/2012 4:41:06 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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To: I Drive Too Fast

I’m doing my part at my place of work.


36 posted on 06/22/2012 4:42:15 PM PDT by windcliff
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To: Timber Rattler
Wow!!!! He definitely wouldn't like the Swamp Coolers many of in Arizona use.
37 posted on 06/22/2012 4:42:25 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: Timber Rattler

If the author wants to live without heating and AC it’s still a free country. He can also go back to the stone age and live off the land as a hunter gatherer as far as I’m concerned. However, if he tries to impose his view on others he’s in for a fight.


38 posted on 06/22/2012 4:44:08 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.)
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To: abercrombie_guy_38
I was in Bangkok in April and Thais sure know how to use AC.

Yeah, but this author is talking about areas he has only read about that don't have hotels with AC.

39 posted on 06/22/2012 4:44:08 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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To: Timber Rattler

To make such a statement is to provide such a display of pure insanity as to justify that the individual may pose an existential threat to all of those around him. I’d recommend subduing the maniac immediately and turning him over to authorities for observation as a candidate for sanitarium.


40 posted on 06/22/2012 4:44:19 PM PDT by Caipirabob (I say we take off and Newt the site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure...)
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