While Europe swelters in the summer heat, a century ago Willis Haviland Carrier of Angola, New York, developed modern air conditioning that runs on electricity.
Naturally, liberals hate this development, even though the nation's capital would be an inhabitable swamp each July and August without Carrier's invention. Liberals hate anything that is good for our country.
From the Washington Post:
The weather in Washington, D.C., and Berlin, Germany, has been pretty similar recently. There is one striking difference between the two capitals, though: Whereas many Americans would probably never consider living or working in buildings without air conditioning, many Germans think that life without climate control is far superior.
The divide isn't limited to Berlin and D.C.: In fact, many Europeans visiting the U.S. frequently complain about the "freezing cold" temperatures inside buses or hotels. American tourists on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean, however, have been left stunned by Europeans' ability to cope with heat, even at work spaces or in their private homes.
Overall, it's safe to say that Europe thinks America's love of air-conditioning is actually quite daft. Europeans have wondered about this particular U.S. addiction for a while now: Back in 1992, Cambridge University Prof. Gwyn Prins called America's love of air-conditioning the country's "most pervasive and least-noticed epidemic," according to the Economist. And according to the Environmental Protection Agency, it's getting worse: American demand for air-conditioning has only increased over the past decades.
Why wouldn't demand grow?
If air conditioning is good enough for the offices of the Washington Post and the EPA, then why is it bad for the rest of us to purchase it? When the EPA shuts of its ACs, I may consider doing so myself. Till then, you will turn off my AC when you pry the control from my cold, dead fingahs!
I get that Europeans would sneer at our use of air conditioning. They also sneer at our use of soft toilet paper, and our use of doorknobs instead of latches.
Face it, Europe is a goofy continent.
The Post admitted:
For sure, there are advantages of air-conditioned rooms even Europeans can't easily dismiss: Studies clearly show that cooling improves work efficiency during summers as well as sleep patterns, and even reduces mortality.
Ah yes, mortality. A heatwave in August 2003 killed 35,000 Europeans. Americans meanwhile live in deserts in states like Arizona and places like Las Vegas. We even run air-conditioners on the sidelines for football players in August, September and October.
The point of the story is that if everyone AC-ed like the United States, we would double (or triple or quintuple) the use of electricity.
West Virginia sits on a three hundred year supply of coal, and a bunch of natural gas. Chill, and let West Virginia power those bad boy ACs.