Stan Cox, a senior scientist at The Land Institute in Salina, Kansas and the author of Any Way You Slice It: The Past, Present, and Future of Rationing, looks at how goods and services have been, and are now, rationed and asks if we can limit consumption fairly.
This Week: Why did you decide to do without air conditioning and why should others do the same? What tips for going without can you share?
Each Thursday in June, Stan Cox, a senior scientist at the Land Institute in Salina, Kansas and the author of Losing Our Cool, discusses the world of air conditioning. This week: the impact of the rise of AC in the developing world. Have you noticed a growth in air conditioning in other parts of the world?
During this heat wave, many of us are thankful for our air conditioning, despite the power costs. We're talking about the problems with our reliance on A/C and about some of the cultural changes that go with shutting ourselves indoors. We want to know from you, What would your life be like without air conditioning? Would you leave your house more? Interact with more people?
Stan Cox, author of Losing Our Cool: Uncomfortable Truths About Our Air-Conditioned World (and Finding New Ways to Get Through the Summer), and Michael Clendenin, Con Edison spokesman, talk about electricity use in the city during the hot summer months and alternatives to turning up your air conditioner.
What's your air conditioning strategy? When do you turn it on, where do you set it? Do you use alternative means of cooling off? Let us know!