Monday, 21 September 2015

The Air Conditioning Story

“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 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 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 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 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.


Politics Alabama said...

One of the things ignored by the Pope is the GOOD done by air conditioning. I don't mean the many, MANY millions of people whose quality of life has been improved by cooler indoor surroundings, I mean those who would otherwise have died.

That's right, AC saves lives. In fact, the almost universal usage of air conditioning in the United States has reduced the occurrence of heat-related deaths by 80% over the course of the 20th century.

When deciding if something is good or bad, aren't we supposed to weigh the good against the bad? Or doesn't the Pope bother with that kind of thing anymore?

R Hammond said...

Ask the Pope if he has AC in the Vatican. He'll just grin. He's got tons of HVAC units there. Go walk around the whole thing and you see them humming away. It's all BS.