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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Turn off your Air Conditioner. Don't go to Work. Don't Bathe for the next Three Months!

There is an idiot who writes for the Washington Post named Stan Cook. He is an obvious environmentalist whacko and wants us to turn off our air conditioners. Here is his article. My comments are interjected in RED for your enjoyment. It's hard to read the whole thing without rolling on the floor and laughing your ass off but give it a shot!

In the heat wave, the case against air conditioning

By Stan Cox
Sunday, July 11, 2010; B03


Washington didn't grind to a sweaty halt last week under triple-digit temperatures (nor should it have) . People didn't even slow down. Instead, the three-day, 100-plus-degree, record-shattering heat wave prompted Washingtonians to crank up their favorite humidity-reducing, electricity-bill-busting (yes they do run on electricity), fluorocarbon-filled (so what?) appliance: the air conditioner.

(Photos: People cool down during heat wave

This isn't smart (says who? this Washington Post idiot?). In a country that's among the world's highest greenhouse-gas emitters (so what?), 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(so what?), which emits greenhouse gases(so what?), which raises global temperatures(say you, does it really? prove it!), which creates a need for -- you guessed it -- more air-conditioning.

A.C.'s obvious public-health benefits during severe heat waves do not justify its lavish use in everyday life for months on end (and this is true just because you say so?). Less than half a century ago, America thrived with only the spottiest use of air conditioning. It could again. While central air will always be needed in facilities such as hospitals, archives and cooling centers for those who are vulnerable to heat, what would an otherwise A.C.-free Washington look like?

At work
In a world without air conditioning, a warmer, more flexible, more relaxed workplace helps make summer a time to slow down again (right, people are gonna show up for work in a 100 degree building, sweating all over their work. They are going to slow down in this time of recession when they need to be working harder?). Three-digit temperatures prompt siestas (If I am the boss of a small bidness, I'm going to encourage my employees to take paid siestas!). Code-orange days mean offices are closed. Shorter summer business hours and month-long closings -- common in pre-air-conditioned America -- return. (This is just what we need to turn the economy around and create new private sector jobs.)
 
(Eye on Earth: A glimpse of how humans might be impacting the natural environment

Business suits are out, for both sexes (is this liberal insinuating we'd let the men wear shorts and make the women wear bidness suits? How about string bikinis for the good looking babes?). And with the right to open a window(did you catch that? the "RIGHT" to open a window. The gubment will pass laws banning AC and make opening a window a RIGHT! This is typical liberal nanny state bullshit!) , office employees no longer have to carry sweaters or space heaters to work in the summer (They use space heaters and sweaters in 100 degree heat?). After a long absence, ceiling fans, window fans and desk fans (and, for that matter, paperweights) take back the American office.(I can't wait to feel the 100 degree air being stirred around me by my fan, mixing my salt and my water on the outside of my skin. Oh he forgot to mention that the amount of hot water consumed for daily baths and showers is going to increase probably 4 fold.)


Best of all, Washington's biggest business -- government -- is transformed. In 1978, 50 years after air conditioning was installed in Congress, New York Times columnist Russell Baker noted that, pre-A.C., Congress was forced to adjourn to avoid Washington's torturous summers, and "the nation enjoyed a respite from the promulgation of more laws, the depredations of lobbyists, the hatching of new schemes for Federal expansion and, of course, the cost of maintaining a government running at full blast."(This is the first sensible thing this guy has said. I have always been in favor of a congressional recess from about January to December. The American people prosper when Warshington is in either recess of gridlock!)


Post-A.C., Congress again adjourns for the summer, giving "tea partiers" the smaller government they seek. During unseasonably warm spring and fall days, hearings are held under canopies on the Capitol lawn. What better way to foster open government and prompt politicians to focus on climate change?(yeah, let the crooked bastards sweat out on the Capitol lawn heh heh! Let them debate about the hoax of climate change!)


At home
 
Homeowners from Ward 8 to the Palisades pry open double-hung windows that were painted shut decades ago. In the air-conditioned age, fear of crime was often cited by people reluctant to open their homes to night breezes. In Washington, as in most of the world's warm cities, window grilles (not "bars," please) are now standard.
In renovation and new construction alike, high ceilings, better cross-ventilation, whole-house fans, screened porches, basements and white "cool roofs" to reflect solar rays become de rigueur. Home utility bills plummet. (Hmmmm how long before my electric bill is gonna catch up to my bill for all those new renovations?)

Families unplug as many heat-generating appliances as possible. Forget clothes dryers --post-A.C. neighborhoods are crisscrossed with clotheslines. The hot stove is abandoned for the grill, and dinner is eaten on the porch.(Guess I'm just gonna have to pull a Mel Gibson and slap the hell out of sweet Wifey and make her hang up clothes.)


Around town
 
Saying goodbye to A.C. means saying hello to the world. With more people spending more time outdoors -- particularly in the late afternoon and evening, when temperatures fall more quickly outside than they do inside -- neighborhoods see a boom in spontaneous summertime socializing.(Might as well socialize. They're all unemployed. Those siestas have their price!)


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.(I'm sitting here, cowering in my chilly home entertainment room with my eyes bugged out in disbelief!)


Children -- and others -- take to bikes and scooters, because of the cooling effect of air movement. Calls for more summer school and even year-round school cease. Our kids don't need more time inside, everyone agrees; they need the shady playgrounds and water sprinklers that spring up in every neighborhood.(Yeah, just let the little bastards grow up to be illiterate. They don need no steenkin school. We gots de gubment to take care of dem!)


"Green roofs" of grass, ivy and even food crops sprout on the flat tops of government and commercial buildings around the city, including the White House. These layers of soil and vegetation (on top of a crucially leak-proof surface) insulate interiors from the pounding sun, while water from the plants' leaves provides evaporative cooling. More trees than ever appear in both private and public spaces.(Sigh.........)

And the Mall is reborn as the National Grove.

Is this guy for real or is this pure satire? It's the Warshington Post, you gotta think he's on the level. Of course he's probably one of the those that doesn't want us to drill for oil, dig for coal, build new refineries, build more nuclear plants............sigh.....what planet is this guy living on?....I'm going back to my chilly dungeon.

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  2. I must ask what kind of dope this writer is smoking????

    "... office employees no longer have to carry sweaters or space heaters to work in the summer (They use space heaters and sweaters in 100 degree heat?)."

    He's obviously NUTS.

    No way this will happen. Can you imagine businessmen or politicians following this guys suggestions?

    Debbie
    Right Truth
    http://www.righttruth.typepad.com

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  3. Well, I grew up in a world without air conditioning. I was born in 1947. The only air conditioning I ever saw as a child was in supermarkets and such. We, had only a window fan to circulate air throughout the house. I slept next to an open window so as to catch the cool breezes at night. Did I die from a lack of air conditioning? Obviously not!
    However, when I finished jr. college, I went to work for Sears Roebuck. My first weeks paycheck went as a down payment on a window air conditioner. My, how my daddy bitched! Gonna run up our electric bill to atrocious amounts! HOWEVER!, I noticed, my daddy was the FIRST to turn on the ac in the summer and the LAST to turn it off in the fall.
    HMMM! Sleeping comfortably was foremost in my Daddy's mind!
    Now, flash forward about 40 years. I am now 63 years old. Am I gonna turn off mt ac because some Warshington burocrat thinks I oughta? NOPE!
    Not in a pigs eye! Believe it or not, I still sleep on the most warmest of nites on the back porch under a fan. I, personally, like it!
    But, my sweet wifey, sleeps in the bed, inside, under the CENTRAL AIR CONDITIONER!!!
    Is she stoopid, no!
    Am I stoopid, maybe, but I like the outside air!
    Got my light (electricity) bill today!
    A hundred and twenty bucks.
    Am I upset?
    NO!
    Will I pay it?
    YES!
    Folks, this IS AMERICA! MAKE YOUR CHOICES! STAND BEHIND THEM! DO WHAT YOU WANT TO DO, AND DAMN THE FOLKS WHO TELL YA YOU SHOULDN'T!!!
    The problem with this country right now is that we let minorities tell us what we should or shouldn't be doing.
    QUIT IT!
    YOU ARE AN AMERICAN BY GOD!!!
    STAND BY YOUR RIGHTS AS A FREE CITIZEN!!!

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  4. By the way, Trixie. I work as a contractor at a U.S. Army , Gubmint owned plant.
    When it is 100 degrees outside the main administration building and a comfortable 78 degrees inside, I do have people inside wearing sweaters and running electric chill chasers under their desks!
    I also have others who are "BURNING UP!"
    I do what I can, as you know, I wear the hat of "Environmental Control" as well as a few more hats.
    As I tell them, be grateful fer what I can give ya!
    YOU CAN'T PLEASE EVERYBODY!!!, just try for the majority!

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  5. Lizzard, I heard the Milan arsenal is moving North, is that a done deal?

    Debbie

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  6. Lizzard the whole point is that the gubment ought to get their nose out of our bidness. If I wanna sleep under the AC or sleep on the porch, it's my bidness, If I wanna go out for a smoke, it's my bidness. If I wanna eat a happy meal, it;s my bidness.

    Yeah Lizzard, when the Milam Arsenal moves away you gonna go back to spatchin?

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  7. Grouch, as far as I am concerned, the Gubmint has had it's nose in my bidness since 1861. And they aint quit yet.
    As far as the Arsenal goes, if/when they gets it moved, will be at the very least, December 2012.
    At that time, I will be 65 and a half years old. I may retire, become a wal mart greeter, really don't know just yet. I gots a couple of irons in the fire as well as a goowood job offer when the axe falls.
    They started this move in Jan, 09. So far several million dollars worth of planning, engineering and so forth has happened, but there aint one flat washer been moved yet.
    I really aint worried about myself, but have about 25 younger employees I worry about. I don't want them left out of a job.
    Stay Tuned, it aint over til the fat lady sings!

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