Does it ever end?
From the WaPo yesterday, the uptopian grandeur of life in DC sans air conditioning:
Washington didn’t grind to a sweaty halt last week under triple-digit temperatures. 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, fluorocarbon-filled appliance: the air conditioner.
Bad, bad, bad air conditioning. Fossil fuels. Bad!
In a world without air conditioning, a warmer, more flexible, more relaxed workplace helps make summer a time to slow down again. Three-digit temperatures prompt siestas. Code-orange days mean offices are closed. Shorter summer business hours and month-long closings — common in pre-air-conditioned America — return.
Reminds me of summers in Europe as a kid. Siestas and month-long closings also mean less profit for companies, which in turn would mean less pay for employees. But that’s ok, right? Who wouldn’t be willing to forgo a month’s worth of salary for a vacation, right? Oh, you should still be paid the same yet want the month off? Not so fast.
And lookie, he even thinks conservative “tea partiers” should rally ’round the idea:
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.”
Post-A.C., Congress again adjourns for the summer, giving “tea partiers” the smaller government they seek.
You’re right. Nancy and Harry should ban air conditioning in the Capitol long before they pass cap and trade!
Lest you worry about some enterprising young thief with all of your windows open (since DC is notoriously crime-free):
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.
How quaint! We’re even told the new vernacular! (For liberals, that’s always a good idea).
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.
Who, pray tell, will be hanging the laundry? Oh, I forgot: since we’re all home from work on the month-long leave, we have the time to do it! And when do our coupons for the grill come in the mail?
Just a thought: how many businesses would pack up as a result of a month-long shut down (or myriad “code orange days” are called as per the article, presumably by the government)? Would they all migrate to cooler climes? How long until the powers that be decide that Texans shouldn’t have AC, either, because “they didn’t have it 50 years ago,” either. Brilliant logic, that.
And where are the kids?
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.
Not because we’re behind in education or anything like that. It’s simply too hot to have school, you see. And the death rate among children in DC skyrockets (has anyone ever driven inside the Beltway? It’s not fun).
It was my choice to buy a house sans air conditioning because we moved to a dry climate where it cools off to 50 degrees every night. I do laugh at my neighbor given that I hear the hum of her air conditioning through my open windows as I drink my coffee in the morning and note the killer temperature of 65 degrees. I admit I like line-dried clothes.
But these are my choices, not dictates for all from on high.
Because liberals can’t do as they wish–AC for me, but not for thee–they hide behind the false promises of utopia: trust us, your lives will be better without it.
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