Skip to comments.Environmentalists Killed More Europeans Than Islamic Terrorists
Posted on 08/19/2019 8:01:19 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
"Do Americans Need Air-Conditioning?" a New York Times piece asked in July. Air conditioning, it argued, is bad for the environment and makes us less human. It ran quotes suggesting that, "first world discomfort is a learned behavior", and urging "a certain degree of self-imposed suffering".
If environmentalists ruled the world, air conditioning wouldnt exist. And theres a place like that.
90% of American households have air conditioning. As do 86% of South Koreans, 82% of Australians, 60% of Chinese, 16% of Brazilians and Mexicans, 9% of Indonesians and less than 5% of Europeans.
A higher percentage of Indian households have air conditioning than their former British colonial rulers.
Temperatures in Paris hit 108.6 degrees. Desperate Frenchmen dived into the fountains of the City of Lights with their clothes on. Parisian authorities announced that they were deploying heat wave management plan orange, level three, which meant setting up foggers in public parks and distributing heat wave kits. The kits consist of leaflets telling people to go to libraries which have air conditioning.
France24, the countrys state-owned television network, advised people suffering from temperatures rising as high as 110 degrees to take cold showers and stick their feet in saucepans of cold water.
A 2003 heat wave killed 15,000 people in France. And, in response, the authorities have deployed Chalex, a database of vulnerable people who will get a call offering them cooling advice.
The advice consists of taking cold showers and sticking their feet in saucepans of cold water.
Desperate Frenchmen trying to get into any body of water they can have led to a 30% rise in drownings. The dozens of people dead are casualties of the environmentalist hatred of air conditioners.
Only 5% of French households have air conditioning. Even in response to the crisis, the authorities are only deploying temporary air conditioning to kindergartens.
The 2003 heat wave killed 7,000 people in Germany. And, today, only 3% of German households have air conditioning. Germanys Ministry of the Environment refused to back air conditioning as a response to global warming.
Temperatures in Dusseldorf hit 105 degrees. Officials in Dusseldorf had recently rejected proposals to install air conditioning systems because theyre bad for the environment.
The climate action head at Germanys Institute for Applied Ecology explained that air conditioning wouldn't work because there's not much wind during heat waves, and the country can't end reliance on coal and run air conditioners at the same time. You can have air conditioners or save the planet.
But not both.
The issue isnt poverty. in Greece, one of the poorest countries in Europe, 99% of households have air conditioning. What it comes down to is a willingness to choose comfort over environmental dogma.
In Europe, people are dying because theyve been told that their sacrifices will save the planet.
The 2003 heat wave killed 70,000 people in Europe. Thats more than Islamic terrorists have.
When environmentalists claim that global warming is a greater threat than Islamic terrorism, theyre half-right. Global warming isnt real, but the measures taken to fight it are killing thousands of people.
And it doesnt have to be this way.
In 2007, only 2% of Indian households had air conditioning. Those numbers have more than doubled. India is expected to field a billion air conditioning units by 2050.
I am not rich," an Indian laundryman earning $225 a month, who had just put in air conditioning, told a disapproving Agence France-Presse, but we all aspire to a comfortable life."
Some of us do.
The 2003 heat wave killed 2,000 Brits. The current heat wave has led to London being placed on a Level 3 health watch. But air conditioning in the UK still hovers at 3% of households. And every summer, the local media lectures Brits on the evils of air conditioning.
Every heat wave is treated as a compelling argument for reducing power to save the planet. The heat and its accompanying misery are treated as heralds of a global warming apocalypse. Soon, we are told, itll be hot all the time, the waters will rise, the icebergs will melt, and life will perish from the earth.
When a heat wave consumed Europe in 1540, leading to the hottest temperatures on record and the deaths of thousands, the people blamed a higher power. In England, where the River Trent dried up, the megadrought was blamed on Henry VIIIs sacrilegious crackdown on monasteries. Modern Europeans have a simple, rational explanation. Mother Earth is angry because were using air conditioners.
Or other people are.
China has 569 million installed air conditioners. More than any other country in the world. South Korea has 59 million air conditioners. Thats more than France, Germany and the UK combined.
Europes sacrifice is not only senseless, its also meaningless.
Vietnam has become a booming market for air conditioners. 17% of Vietnamese households now have one. Indonesia is leading its own boom in air conditioning. As is much of Asia and the Middle East.
Europe can go on letting its people die for the environment, but it wont make any difference.
Air conditioning isnt some American fetish, as European elitists sneer. Its a worldwide movement. Every country that can manage it is getting air conditioners. Meanwhile people are dying in France.
While the rest of the world is cooling off, Europe is in thrall to a pagan pseudoscientific cult.
Its tenets insist that the planet is a living entity, but fail to understand its true implications. The climate is part of a living entity which changes on a timescale that challenges human understanding. For a thousand years of recorded history, Europe has undergone alternate warming and cooling periods. The Medieval Climate Anomaly was an example of how complicated those cyclical changes could be.
A heat wave isnt proof that weve sinned against Mother Earth by heating and cooling our homes. Its a reminder that the environment operates on an inescapable scale that is vaster than human beings.
We can cut down forests and build dams. But so can beavers. We cannot change the climate.
The bones of hippos have been found under Trafalgar Square. The Chauvet Cave in France includes pictures of rhinos. The Little Ice Age killed off Englands vineyards in the 14th century. The Thames began to freeze over in the 17th century. The Viking colonization of America collapsed under the wave of cold.
Air conditioning and heating are not how we change the climate. Theyre how we cope with it.
Environmentalism has so hopelessly tangled human civilization and the environment that we are no longer able to understand the planet on its own terms, instead of as a luddite eschatology in which the climate is a deity punishing us for our civilizational ingenuity with hot weather and natural disasters.
And that makes it extremely difficult to adapt to the changes in a healthy way.
A century ago, Americans beat the heat by wading in fountains, sleeping on roofs and fire escapes, and escaping the city. Air conditioning has made it possible for us to live and work across the entire country.
In 1896, a heat wave killed thousands of Americans. New York City authorities resorted to the same measures as their modern Parisian counterparts, turning on fire hydrants and handing out ice.
Those temperatures amounted to a mere 90 degrees.
In 1902, Willis Carrier invented the air conditioner in Brooklyn. He imagined a world in which, The average businessman will rise, pleasantly refreshed, having slept in an air-conditioned room. He will travel in an air-conditioned train, and toil in an air-conditioned office. We live in that world now.
At the New York Worlds Fair, while temperatures outside hit 90 degrees, Carrier debuted an Igloo display. Two giant thermometers contrasted Natures temperature with air conditioning.
It sold itself.
Air conditioning allows New Yorkers to shrug off 90-degree weather and go on living and working.
Today, New York is the home of the Green New Deal which believes in following Europes trends. If New York adopts Europes environmentalism, it will discover what living in 1896 really felt like.
Environmentalists have killed thousands of Europeans. They can kill thousands of Americans too.
For those that REALLY care, shut if off and refuse to do business with any place that has the AC on. That’ll show us. Yeah, show us you’re fidiots. Of course people did survive before AC and they wore a lot more clothes then too.
They have been at it for years. How many lives have been lost to the DDT ban?
I work in a hospital. Hospitals CANNOT function without out AC. Even for an hour.
We are doing our share. We have two separate AC/heating units for our home, including two fans only options. We had extra sky light/vents installed in our kitchen, family room, master br and extra vents installed for our 2700 square foot home, 4+ years ago.
One of our adult children is a real engineer with a couple of engineering degrees and a ton of real world experience. He and his family live in a two story home in the East bay.
He had 2 separate ac/heating units installed in his home with separate controls/thermostats for each floor.
In the winter time the downstairs furnace does 85-95% of the heating. Heat rises.
In the summer time, the upstairs AC unit does most of the cooling. Cooler air sinks.
Their PG&E bill is about half of their neighbor’s with similar square feet of house on one floor and one AC/heating unit.
Our home is basically on one floor. He had us put in full lenght swinging doors between the kitchen and the 2/3’s of the house we basically use for entertaining and for guests.
One AC/heating unit takes care of our main living space 750 square feet with its separate thermostat.
The other unit takes care of the rest of the home when we have guests or visitors.
In spite of several PG&E price increases, our basic bill is less than when we had one unit.
His other advice was to really go big on the R factor on roof insulation when we had a new roof put on and more sky lights that open up in the large part of our home. We did that.
If I lived in much of Europe, I would probably consider air conditioning a luxury, too. Rome is the same latitude as Chicago. Paris is farther north than Seattle. London and Berlin have similar latitudes to Calgary and Saskatoon.
If you travel south from Europe to reach the same latitude as Houston, you will end up in the middle of the Sahara. I would consider air conditioning a necessity in either place.
Well, when I was a kid, we had one air conditioner, a window unit in my parent’s bedroom. The rest of the house, we got along fine with fans.
As I got older, we had AC in every room pretty much, but it is a luxury you can get along without, at least in the northern latitudes.
I live in Tallinn. Slightly south of Anchorage, Alaska. There are few very hot summer weeks once or twice a decade and then it is uncomfortable, but for the rest of the time it is fine and that’s why people just won’t bother. I don’t believe there is some ideological component.
Silent Springing going on?
Gotta watch out for them critters...
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