“A simple example is the increasing use and power of air-conditioning,The markets, which immediately benefit from sales, stimulate ever greater demand. An outsider looking at our world would be amazed at such behavior, which at times appears self-destructive.”
-- Comment by Pope Francis
Basically, the Pope came out a while back as being anti-air-conditioning. In the Catholic religion, there's a sinful area called consumption. Everything would be fine, if in moderation. But the Pope's comments here were that air conditioning puts a terrible burden upon society, adds unnecessary cost onto people, and then says it's all self-destructive.
I could note that there's tons of air conditioning around the Pope's residence in Rome, and probably fifty percent (my guess) of their electrical bill relates to HVAC usage in the summer-time. Rome, if you've never been there, is awful hot and muggy....within the months of July and August. If you intend to stay at some fine Rome hotel....you will note that most folks only stay at places with air-conditioning.
Being from Alabama, I have a special appreciation for air conditioning. For years and years, the local school had survived without AC, but generally....school wrapped up by mid-June and it'd be mid to late August before we went back. At some point in the early 1970s....they threw a AC unit into each class. Sadly, it was loud enough that you couldn't hear the teacher but you would have some minor relief from the heat.
If you travel around Alabama today....just about everyone has a AC unit. Most stores have it. Most kids have no idea of the suffering involved if you had to go an entire week with no AC.
Ever wondered why people don't really have that much enthusiasm for the Pope? Well, it's for comments like this. When some holier-than-you guy stands around and talks on non-religious topics.....it generally becomes comical. It's the same kind of guy who'd comment on beef jerky, pancakes, wrestling, Ford F-150 pick-ups, Mountain Dew, chain-saws, or gas-grills. Once you get this much religion in your system.....you might even want to chat some bad church feelings over waffles or reseeding your yard.
Frankly, folks ought to have a real job in life....sweating a bit.....and doing something that gets the stupidity out of their system by 6PM.....where they can return home, sip a beer in an air conditioned house, and grill some chicken.