Life Without Air Conditioning

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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 is author of "Losing Our Cool: Uncomfortable Truths About Our Air-Conditioned World (and Finding New Ways to Get Through the Summer)."
He joins us with a look at how air conditioning has changed the way we live in America.

And 71-year-old Sarah Edwards remembers the days before air conditioning. She was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia and says she misses sitting outside with the neighbors drinking iced tea on hot summer days.

Comments on Facebook:

"Unfortunately, the air conditioning only makes the heat wave worse. Coal-fired electric plants feed all that cooling. Believe it or not there are those of us alive who remember when there was no air conditioning." —Richard Carlson

"Hot, smelly and irritable." —Tyrone Thorpe

"All I can say is thank god to the one who invented the 24 hour no show deodorant." —Suzanne Joblonski-Philip

"Not any different then it was when I was growing up. Turn on a fan, or find a shady tree and drink lots of water. We, as a nation, are spoiled beyond belief." —Rusty Roy

"Um. we don't have AC — so we drink fluids, move slowly, have a few ceiling fans going, endure. Sure makes a fudgesicle a reward." —Jo Papa Kenney