The heat is on. But before you crank up the A/C, some cold hard facts about the impact of air conditioning on the environment.
It’s automatic now. Summertime moves in, and the A/C goes on in millions of American homes and workplaces.
We don’t live in the heat. We chill.
Meanwhile, outside, the planet’s getting hotter. We may not want to hear it, but my guest today says we’re deep into a collision course between air conditioning and the environment.
We now spend far more energy on cooling than heating. And the rest of the world – India, China – has just begun to crank up the A/C.
This Hour, On Point: as summer moves in, global A/C on high, and a call to look back to the open window, the porch, and the fan.
Stan Cox, a writer, scientist, and plant biologist who lives in Salina, Kansas. His book “Losing Our Cool: Uncomfortable Truths about Our Air-Conditioned World,” will be published in June.