CNN says you're selfish for using air conditioning
· · Jul 26, 2022 ·

Oh, I'm sorry, is it boiling hot outside?

You had to strip down butt naked, and you still feel like you're going to pass out from the heat?

Well, get over it.

You're just being selfish (according to CNN).

You may have noticed the world just went through one of its hottest spells of this Summer. It's been a rough week for people all around the globe, especially gingers, and anyone without air conditioning.

While people were suffering from the heat, one CNN opinion writer thought this was an excellent opportunity to shame us all.

A Berlin-based writer, Paul Hockenos, who focuses on European renewable energy, put out a piece headlined: "A very European answer to air conditioning."

The holier-than-thou writer starts by complaining about his American friends visiting his downtown Berlin apartment, where he only has a dingy plastic fan on a bookshelf.

"Inevitably, they go on to moan about the stuffy, sweaty restaurants and night clubs that go without air conditioning as if it had never been invented."

Um yeah... stuffy, sweaty restaurants and clubs sound gross.

But I guess that's just me being selfish... somehow.

We should also face it, Europeans love to look down on Americans. He calls A.C. "yet another luxury item of an everything-all-the-time population that insisted on a constant temperature year-round -- and gave no thought to its environmental implications."

"For their part, Europeans had, until recently, done their own grousing about Americans' infatuation with AC: so wasteful in its high energy usage, unhealthy with the frosty temperatures in mid-summer and annoying given the incessant buzz of the window units!

According to The Daily Wire, Britain was hit especially hard by the heat wave where temperatures hit 100 degrees for several days in a row. But the problem is, only about 5% of people in the U.K. have A.C. Similarly, only 20% of European homes have what Hockenos calls "America's luxurious eyesore" (aka A.C.).

Compare that to the U.S., where about 90% of homes have A.C.

Hockenos also takes a shot at refrigerators and other cooling tech for contributing to greenhouse gas emissions.

His ranting obviously leads the reader to one conclusion: wind, solar, hydroelectric.

"Americans could learn a thing or two from the rest of the world when it comes to habits — since the vicious circle is nowhere more damning in those countries with the most units: China, U.S., and Japan. It is self-indulgent to insist on chilly temperatures in the middle of Summer and rooms at T-shirt warmth in winter. The donning of sweaters indoors when it's" cold outside, not because the A.C. is cranked up so high, is surely a habit one can adapt to," Hockenos writes (probably with his nose up.)

So, have you been shamed enough to change your ways?

Don't be selfish...

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