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  • HVAC’s Future in a Trump-led Government

    01/23/2017 10:45:32 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration News ^ | January 23, 2017 | Nicole Krawcke, Business Management Editor
    With President-elect Donald Trump now in office, the HVAC industry remains hopeful and optimistic about its future under a Republican-led government. Takeshi Ebisu, president and CEO, Goodman Mfg. Co., suggested a unified federal government was a good thing for the HVAC industry. “The federal government has been experiencing an extended period of gridlock where no major pro-business legislation has been passed or deregulation has occurred. It’s a good thing for the HVAC industry when you have a government that is action-oriented.” However, Ebisu also noted it was too early to tell how the new administration and Congress will impact the...
  • Nations, Fighting Powerful Refrigerant That Warms Planet, Reach Landmark Deal

    10/14/2016 10:26:17 PM PDT · by justlittleoleme · 47 replies
    NY Times ^ | OCT. 15, 2016 | CORAL DAVENPORT
    Negotiators from more than 170 countries on Saturday reached a legally binding accord to counter climate change by cutting the worldwide use of a powerful planet-warming chemical used in air-conditioners and refrigerators. -snip-While the Paris agreement included pledges by nearly every country to cut emissions of heat-trapping carbon dioxide from the fossil fuels that power vehicles, electric plants and factories, the new Kigali deal has a single target: chemical coolants called hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs, used in air-conditioners and refrigerators.-snip-And while the Paris pledges are broad, they are also voluntary, often vague and dependent on the political will of future world...
  • World Leaders Try to Ban Another Greenhouse Gas

    10/10/2016 12:49:13 PM PDT · by PROCON · 59 replies ^ | Oct. 10, 2016 | Robynne Boyd
    Eliminating refrigerants known as HFCs could prevent a leap in global warming After being directed for almost 30 years at substances that destroy ozone, the Montreal Protocol will for the first time target a group of greenhouse gases. Beginning today in Kigali, Rwanda, member states of the United Nations are finalizing the terms of what could be the largest commitment to reducing global warming since the Paris Agreement on climate last December. Delegates are likely to take till the meeting’s final day on Oct. 14 to hammer out the knotty details of an amendment to the protocol. Ideally, the...
  • I don’t need air conditioning, and neither do you

    08/19/2016 11:15:32 AM PDT · by PROCON · 180 replies
    WAPO ^ | Aug. 18, 2016 | Karen Heller
    It’s time to come out of the closet. Or, more precisely, the sweat lodge. My family lives without air con­ditioning, except for one antique, ­semi-comatose window unit that “cools” the bedroom to approximately the same temperature as Dallas at dusk. Our house in Philadelphia was built in the 1920s, when people were tough and resourceful. For most of the year, the house is cool and pleasant, as long as there isn’t a mash-up of continuously scorching days and epic humidity, when the air is putrid, stagnant and, if it were a color, would definitely be mustard. Which would be...
  • John Kerry Reaches New Height of Idiocy [semi-satire]

    07/31/2016 10:56:44 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 11 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 31 July 2016 | John Semmens
    Secretary of State John Kerry reached a new height of idiocy this past week by suggesting air conditioners were just as dangerous as ISIS. The remarks came in Vienna where Kerry was representing the US in negotiations aimed at reducing emissions that contribute to global warming. “Granted, the terror attacks carried out by these misguided individuals are splashy,” Kerry observed. “Dozens die and even more are maimed and injured, but the fact is that these effects are small-scale and of limited duration and consequence. We easily overlook some of the offsetting benefits. The people killed cease to be carbon emitters....
  • Petition to Remove Air Conditioning From State Dept. Gets over 33k Signatures

    07/29/2016 8:20:07 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 39 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | July 29, 2016 | 2:56 PM EDT | Eric Scheiner is hosting an online petition calling for the removal of air conditioning from U.S. State Department property, following Secretary of State John Kerry’s comments that climate change is as dangerous, if not more, than threats from ISIS. As of the time of this publication 33,576 supporters have signed the petition, which, according to the site, will be delivered to President Barack Obama. …
  • Petition: Remove air conditioning from all US State Department property.

    07/24/2016 3:01:14 AM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 72 replies ^ | 7/24/16 | Me, as "Hopalong Ginsberg"
    WHEREAS, Secretary of State John F. Kerry has suggested that air conditioners are as big a threat as ISIS, and WHEREAS, it is the duty of our elected and appointed government officials to lead by example, THEREFORE, we call upon the U.S. Department of State to remove air conditioning from all property that the Department owns, rents, or otherwise employs, including but not limited to embassies, consulates, office buildings, etc., all vehicles owned and/or operated by the Department, and any other property, real or movable, owned, rented, or otherwise employed by the Department.
  • World's Air Conditioning Boom Would Worsen Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Study

    06/01/2016 10:51:32 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 59 replies
    NBC News ^ | June 1, 2016 | by Erik Ortiz
    There's no putting a chill on the worldwide air conditioning boom that's expected to heat up to historic levels over the next decade. Nations with emerging economies and spiking populations - including India, Indonesia and Brazil - are seeing air conditioner sales grow 10 to 15 percent a year. That means the world's supply of A/C units could nearly double from about 900,000 million in 2015 to roughly 1.6 million by 2030, according to a recent Berkeley National Laboratory study. So instead of simply trying to shut off the inexorable growth, scientists are working to find fresh energy-efficient technologies that...
  • Feminist Says Air-Conditioning Is Sexist. Out Loud. On Live TV. In Front Of The Entire World.

    05/20/2016 10:03:51 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 56 replies
    Oh good grief, not this again. So, there’s this feminist who writes for the Telegraph in the UK and she was on one of their news shows talking about how air-conditioning is sexist. Somehow, she managed to say this with a straight face, which is a far cry from what I was doing as I watched this clown show – So, the women in her office building are standing around resembling human popsicles and her best idea was to go on TV and complain about it? Like, you didn’t talk to whoever sets the thermostat in your building and ask...
  • Judge to decide if death-row inmates need air conditioning [Angola LA]

    05/20/2016 10:53:19 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 20, 2016 1:50 PM EDT | Michael Kunzelman
    As summer approaches in Louisiana, prison officials insist that ice, fans and cold showers are enough to protect death-row inmates from dangerous heat and humidity. […] U.S. District Judge Brian Jackson questioned Friday why prison officials won’t spend roughly $1 million to install the air conditioning, since the state has already spent much more money fighting this issue in court. The judge already ruled it unconstitutional to keep inmates where the heat index exceeds 88 degrees. …
  • What the Pope Should Say About Air Conditioning

    09/26/2015 5:39:52 AM PDT · by Entrepreneur · 78 replies
    Contracting Business Magazine ^ | Sept 25, 2015 | Matt Michel
    ED. NOTE: As this article is posted, Pope Francis begins his visit to the United States. In his encyclical released in June of this year, the pope singled out air conditioning as being a "harmful habit" that is a symbol of rampant capitalism that is blind to the plight of the poor and disadvantaged. These comments by Matt Michel, CEO of Service Roundtable, serve as a timely response. ————— Since becoming pontiff, Pope Francis has repeatedly made the news for his criticism and condemnation of capitalism and free markets. Worse, in his encyclical, he singled out air conditioning as particularly...
  • The War on Air Conditioning Heats Up Is Climate Control Immoral?

    08/14/2015 10:00:59 AM PDT · by rey · 129 replies
    FEE ^ | 13 Aug 15 | SARAH SKWIRE
    It started with the pope. In his recent encyclical, Laudato Si’, he singled out air conditioning as a particularly good example of wasteful habits and excessive consumption that overcome our better natures: People may well have a growing ecological sensitivity but it has not succeeded in changing their harmful habits of consumption which, rather than decreasing, appear to be growing all the more. A simple example is the increasing use and power of air-conditioning. Now, it seems to be open season on air conditioning. From a raging Facebook debate over an article that claims that air conditioning is an oppressive...
  • Feminist Writers: Office Air Conditioning Is ‘Sexist,’ Part of ‘Overbearing Patriarchy’

    07/28/2015 7:20:38 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 51 replies
    MRC TV ^ | 07/27/2015 | Ashley Rae Goldenberg
    Feminist writers across the Internet have unearthed the latest conspiracy against women: office air conditioning. The Washington Post published an “investigation” of the “sexism” of air conditioning. The author, Petula Dvorak, spoke to an array of women who felt as if their offices were too cold; meanwhile, the men did not feel uncomfortable. Therefore, Dvorak concluded, “That’s right, my friends. Air conditioning is another big, sexist plot.” …
  • Europeans think American’s “addiction” to air conditioning is “stupid”

    07/23/2015 7:23:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 156 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/23/2015 | Bruce McQuain
    I know, I know … Europeans also believe in the fantasy that they can live in a socialist utopia of sorts and the bill will never come due too. Er, except in Greece, of course.This “new” outrage, though, is simply the usual Euro “superiority” fantasy. They always have a better/smarter/eco friendlier idea and we New Worlders, well, we’re wasteful, uncouth and unsophisticated barbarians, or something: Overall, it’s safe to say that Europe thinks America’s love of air-conditioning is actually quite daft. Europeans have wondered about this particular U.S. addiction for a while now: Back in 1992, Cambridge University Prof....
  • Italy: migrants require air conditioning

    07/10/2015 4:02:28 PM PDT · by BBell · 20 replies ^ | 07/02/2015
    Bresso, near Milan, 07/02/2015New original protest circulate among welcomed immigrants (with the money of the Italians) in the center of the Red Cross, Clerici Street in Bresso. After the violence of June 8, a new challenge was born yesterday afternoon. Illegal came out of their homes and headed, making threatening, to executive offices managed by the provincial Red Cross. They complain about their "poor housing conditions." There are too many mosquitoes and the water is too hot, they want air conditioning in each tent. Hundred refugees staged a protest, this July 2 to complain about their conditions. They were immediately...
  • The Deluded World of Air Conditioning.

    07/09/2015 5:54:38 AM PDT · by lbryce · 36 replies
    Slate ^ | July 9 ,2015 | William Saletan
    Have you heard the news? Scientists have found a planet that can support life. Its atmosphere is too hot for year-round habitation, its gases impede breathing, and surface conditions are sometimes fatal. But by constructing a network of sealed facilities, tunnels, and vehicles, humans could survive on this planet for decades and perhaps even centuries. The planet is called Earth. Will Saletan writes about politics, science, technology, and other stuff for Slate. He’s the author of Bearing Right. If you've seen this planet lately, you know what's going on: temperature records shattering, scores of Americans dead. By summer's end, the...
  • Why the Vatican Should Love Air Conditioning

    06/24/2015 7:03:30 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    National Review ^ | 06/24/2015 | Michelle Malkin
    Unlike Pope Francis, I believe that air conditioning and the capitalists responsible for the technology are blessings to the world. Perhaps the head of the Catholic Church, who condemned “the increasing use and power of air-conditioning” last week in a market-bashing encyclical, is unaware of the pioneering private company that has donated its time, energy, and innovative heating, ventilating and air conditioning equipment to the Vatican’s most famous edifice for more than a decade. That’s right. While the pontiff sanctimoniously attacks “those who are obsessed with maximizing profits,” Carrier Corporation — a $13 billion for-profit company with 43,000 employees worldwide...
  • Malkin: Holy Hypocrisy and Hot Air

    06/23/2015 2:11:57 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 34 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | June 24, 2015 | Michelle Malkin
    Unlike Pope Francis, I believe that air-conditioning and the capitalists responsible for the technology are blessings to the world. Perhaps the head of the Catholic Church, who condemned "the increasing use and power of air-conditioning" last week in a market-bashing encyclical, is unaware of the pioneering private company that has donated its time, energy and innovative heating, ventilating and air-conditioning equipment to the Vatican's most famous edifice for more than a decade. That's right. While the pontiff sanctimoniously attacks "those who are obsessed with maximizing profits," Carrier Corporation — a $13 billion for-profit company with 43,000 employees worldwide (now a...
  • Pope Francis Is Wrong about Air Conditioning

    06/23/2015 7:13:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 61 replies
    National Review ^ | 06/23/2015 | by SHUBHANKAR CHHOKRA
    Pope Francis’s aversion to air conditioning may be red hot, but he himself is comfortably cool. In his encyclical Laudato Si’, published today, the pope lambasts wasteful consumerism and unchecked human economic activity as a root of climate change, singling out one product in particular for censure: the air conditioner. “A simple example [of harmful habits of consumption] is the increasing use and power of air-conditioning,” Francis writes. “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.” But ironically, Francis probably...
  • Say goodbye to your clunky air conditioner—this table uses no electricity to regulate temperature

    05/22/2015 7:30:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 66 replies
    Business Insider ^ | May 19, 2015 | Megan Willett
    Consisting simply of a surface and legs, the table is one piece of furniture that has remained largely the same for thousands of years. But now, a French design duo has come up with a way to turn the humble table into a means of climate control that doesn't use any electricity. Paris-based industrial designer Jean-Sébastien Lagrange teamed up with French engineer Raphaël Ménard to create the Zero Energy Furniture table, also known as the ZEF Climatic Table. The ZEF table looks like any other with the sleek design of a solid plank oak top and angled legs — but...
  • TV Ratings Dictated NBA’s Decision to Play Finals Despite A/C Failure

    06/06/2014 9:47:25 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 45 replies
    Mediaite ^ | June 6, 2014 | Joe Concha
    You know that controversial NBA game last night more than a few water coolers are privy to this morning? ... The one played in an arena where the air conditioning went out due to an electrical failure, turning the court in a 90-degree sauna, resulting in said cramps for one LeBron James? It should have never been played...
  • Obama: 'The Planet Will Boil Over' If Africans Are Allowed Cars and Air-Conditioning

    07/01/2013 2:20:31 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 300 replies
    Obama: Planet Will ‘Boil Over' If Africans Are Allowed Cars and Air-Conditioning July 1, 2013 - 4:22 PM By Ryan Kierman ( – President Barack Obama said at a town hall event in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Saturday that unless we find new way of producing energy "the planet will boil over" if people in Africa are allowed to attain air conditioning, automobiles and big houses. “Ultimately, if you think about all the youth that everybody has mentioned here in Africa, if everybody is raising living standards to the point where everybody has got a car and everybody has got...
  • Cooling panel sends excess heat back into outer space (Eliminate A/C? Power companies won't like)

    04/16/2013 7:41:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    Venturebeat Green ^ | April 15, 2013 | Chitra Rakesh
    Scientists have found a way to cool houses without air conditioning — and without using any power at all. Shanhui Fan, professor of electrical engineering at Stanford University, and graduate students, Aaswath Raman, and Eden Rephaeli, are working on a cooling panel that could possibly replace your air conditioner. How? By radiating the vast majority of incoming sunlight into the outside world. “The structure basically does two things: It radiates the heat out in the atmosphere into outer space, and the device reflects sunlight to ensure that the sunlight does not heat up the device itself,” explained professor Fan, a...
  • EDITORIAL: Global warming catches fire

    01/08/2013 5:51:44 PM PST · by jazusamo · 41 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 8, 2013 | Editorial
    Crusade against carbon dioxide threatens the environmentTechnologies advanced as the solution to the purported global warming problem are catching fire — just not in the way intended. Bureaucrats are quickly learning that their regulatory offerings designed to entreat Mother Nature into bestowing cooler temperatures upon the planet have created environmental hazards of their own. It’s well-known that the fluorescent light bulbs being foisted on a reluctant public spread deadly mercury when dropped. In March, the administration will be free to enforce a federally imposed ban on the manufacturing of warm, pleasing and affordable 100-watt light bulbs. This will force more...
  • Question about the insulation in my house

    07/19/2012 2:14:15 PM PDT · by Feline_AIDS · 49 replies
    Hi Freepers. Question: A neighbor recently cut down some trees in his yard and took the shade off one side of my house with it. The side of the house now getting tons of sunlight has an office over the garage. That office is now a sauna. We finished the room ~10 years ago and it's always been warm. But without the shade, it's unbearable. We're talking 90+ degrees with the main AC on. There are 4 recessed lights. I held my hand up to one light can(?) and it was like a space heater. I moved around until I...
  • A Luxury the World Can’t Afford (Air Conditionining!)

    06/22/2012 4:14:16 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 190 replies
    The New York Times ^ | June 21, 2012 | Stan Cox
    The economist Thorstein Veblen once quipped that "invention is the mother of necessity." That was before the age of air-conditioning, but no technology better illustrates Veblen's point. Having developed efficient cooling, we've designed homes, businesses and transportation systems that are completely dependent on it, while the resulting greenhouse emissions create the need for even more air-conditioning. (snip) We must break this feedback loop, but what does one say to someone living in one of the tropical nations where much of the increase in cooling demand is expected? Surely not that Americans are addicted to air-conditioning and can’t give it up,...
  • Hot Time in the Summer - New AirCon Unit?

    06/21/2012 4:37:32 PM PDT · by GRRRRR · 36 replies
    None | 06/21/12 | GRRRRR
    It is summer for sure. Colorado is experiencing 90-100 degree F days in the north east plains. Forest fires, high winds and dust complicate the time we can have the windows open as even at 80Deg in the house, the low humidity makes it comfy. The Carrier AC unit for this house (3,500+sq ft, 4BR, high ceilings) has had issues since I moved in. Refrigerant leaks and an electrical issue. Now, with the heat of the summer coming back, the AC unit can't keep up again. I've cleaned the unit outside, replaced the inside filter and am still getting some...
  • War effort coming unstitched as hi-tech uniform fails test

    09/18/2011 7:05:20 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 39 replies
    Herald Sun ^ | 19th September 2011 | Ian McPhedran
    An Australian troop in the field as his trousers fall apart. NEW US-made camouflage pants are literally falling to pieces on some Diggers in Afghanistan. The hi-tech MultiCam pants were tried by special forces soldiers before the Government spent $2 million for 5000 sets of the combat clothing. But infantry troops in Afghanistan are apparently much tougher on the clothing, the Herald Sun reported. "Special forces do a different job to us," one soldier said. "We are out for days on end living in the dirt." The Diggers are generally happy with the MultiCam clothing, which is more comfortable and...
  • Hot and cold air to cost more

    08/30/2011 11:21:16 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 11 replies ^ | Aug. 29, 2011 | by Anne Giesecke
    The Environmental Protection Agency is continuously proposing new air rules. The new rules will increase the number of bakers and snack food manufacturers who will be required to buy air pollution control equipment such as catalytic oxidizers, bag houses and ammonia refrigeration systems. Catalytic oxidizers destroy alcohol (called ethanol) emissions from baking yeast fermented products. In addition, as consumers demand more hot, spicy and savory seasonings — think asiago cheese — these new combinations and options may cause strong aromas to be emitted. In some areas, odor emissions require air control equipment, often a catalytic oxidizer. The purchase and installation...
  • Squeezing Humidity Out of the Air

    08/12/2011 10:38:03 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 6 replies
    NYT green blog ^ | 12 Aug 2011 | Matthew Wald
    It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity, they say. And according to one company with a distinct take on air-conditioning challenges, buildings can cut cooling costs substantially by dealing with the humidity separately. A central air-conditioning system made by Advantix Systems, formerly an Israeli company but now based in Miami, removes moisture from air and cools it with a mixture that is 60 percent water and 40 percent salt. Humid air is pumped past the salty mixture and water from the air tends to flow into the salt. If the salt is chilled, the air will be cooled, too. Finding...
  • Man shot dead in row over dripping air conditioning unit

    07/19/2011 6:41:30 PM PDT · by BerryDingle · 53 replies
    Mail Online ^ | 19 July 2011 | Daily Mail Reporter
    A man was shot dead after being accused by his killer of intentionally pouring water over his sister. Jimmy Parker from Chicago was confronted by Charles Sims, and shot eight times after denying any wrongdoing. Sims' sister had claimed that Parker had targeted her, however police investigations revealed that a faulty air conditioning unit was to blame for the spill. Upon learning of his sister's plight, Sims approached Parker, who having rejected the accusation, was punched and then shot repeatedly with a 9mm handgun. Chicago Police Detective Anthony Noradin said that Sims allegedly stood over Parker to 'finish him off.'...
  • Coolerado: The export revolution will be air-conditioned

    11/23/2010 9:10:04 AM PST · by Arec Barrwin · 4 replies
    Slate Magazine ^ | November 23, 2010 | Martha White
    While the United States has the largest consumer economy in the world, manufacturers of renewable energy products and energy-efficient machines—industries that fall under the broad category of "cleantech"—face a frustrating paradox: The greatest potential demand for their products, be they wind turbines, solar panels, super high-efficiency appliances, or computer-aided ventilation systems, is beyond our shores. Cleantech companies represent one of America's brightest hopes in terms of export potential, but suppliers in this nascent market have a number of hurdles to overcome before realizing its potential.
  • Korean Police Warn 60,000 Cars May Contain Highly Explosive Chinese AC Fluid

    08/04/2010 7:55:00 PM PDT · by blam · 21 replies
    Inside Joongangdaily via The Business Insider ^ | August 05, 2010 | By Jeong Seon-eon
    <p>Here's another reason to hesitate before importing from the world's largest exporter: chloromethane.</p> <p>The Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency yesterday applied for an arrest warrant for the head of an importing company, surnamed Lee, 32, for bringing in the faulty auto refrigerant from China.</p>
  • Stan Cox Wants to Ban Air Conditioning

    07/12/2010 1:25:38 PM PDT · by Marcus · 105 replies · 6+ views
    Associated Content ^ | July 12th, 2010 | Mark R. Whittington
    Proving that there is no folly fallacious enough that it can't be written down, both in a book and in an oped in the Washington Post, Stan Cox, an agricultural scientist, has proposed to ban or greatly restrict air conditioning.
  • Energy Saving A/C Conquers All Climates

    06/26/2010 11:08:48 PM PDT · by neverdem · 47 replies · 2+ views
    Enlarge image NREL senior engineer Eric Kozubal examines a prototype air flow channel of the DEVap air conditioner, which he co-invented. DEVap, which stands for desiccant-enhanced evaporative air conditioner, is a novel concept that uses membrane technology to combine the efficiency of evaporative cooling and the drying potential of liquid desiccant salt solutions. The graph superimposed on the photo shows shows how hot humid air, in red, changes to cool dry air, in blue, as the air passes through the DEVap core. Credit: Pat Corkery Ah, the cool, refreshing feel of air conditioning on a sweltering summer day. Ugh,...
  • Dueling Billboards Debate Wife's Hotness

    10/30/2009 11:40:35 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 28 replies · 2,242+ views
    NBC Miami ^ | Thu, Oct 29, 2009 | SHARON LAWSON
    Battle of the South Florida billboards heats up The billboard catches the attention of drivers and truckers traveling on the highways. "YOUR WIFE IS HOT" -- BETTER GET YOUR A/C FIXED," it reads, in big bold letters. A clever and sexy slogan developed in January by Air Around the Clock, an A/C and appliance service based in Broward County. But now the slogan is generating a lot of heat after its competitor, All Year Cooling, flipped the phrase this summer. "YOUR WIFE IS NOT HOT! Because you called All Year Cooling to replace your A/C rather than the other guys,"...
  • Bullish on HVAC!

    05/18/2009 12:00:40 PM PDT · by Entrepreneur · 32 replies · 1,121+ views
    Contracting Business Magazine ^ | 5-1-2009 | Matt Michel
    I'm bullish about the future. I'm bullish about America. I'm even more bullish about HVAC. Sounds crazy, right? How can anyone be optimistic in the face of the persistent onslaught of negative news? How can anyone be optimistic about business, given the country's rush to socialism? Isn't today more like 1933, than 1983? Nonsense! Things seem worse than reality because our pessimist-in-chief has used the bully pulpit to manufacture malaise so he can foist an otherwise unacceptable agenda on a panicked public. An anti-free market mainstream media has been all too willing to pile on, resulting in the drumbeat of...
  • Is Air Conditioning the Next Tobacco?

    09/27/2008 11:08:31 AM PDT · by Entrepreneur · 69 replies · 1,635+ views
    Contracting Business Magazine ^ | 9/24/08 | Matt Michel
    “Kill your air conditioner,” wrote Joe Klein in Time Magazine. “The unnecessary refrigeration of America has become a chronic disease.” What? I’m tempted to laugh at the lunacy. It’s as silly as banning the light bulb in an attempt to save the planet. Who could be that stupid? Well, in a few years incandescent light bulbs will be illegal. We’ll be forced to buy compact fluorescents, which require Hazmat disposal teams when broken. In today’s green environment, nothing is too insane. Frighteningly, our industry is increasingly considered politically incorrect. A decade ago, the New York Times reported that an Italian...
  • EPA: Ban ozone-depleting air conditioners by 2010 (R-22 out, R-410A in) "The change is a big deal"

    08/26/2008 8:33:16 PM PDT · by Libloather · 51 replies · 2,066+ views
    All Business ^ | 9/07/07 | Claude Solnik
    EPA: Ban ozone-depleting air conditioners by 2010By Solnik, Claude Publication: Long Island Business News Date: Friday, September 7 2007 The air conditioning industry is getting a breath of fresh air as federal regulations phase out ozone-depleting units from homes and commercial buildings. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is slowly doing away with air conditioners that spout hydrocarbons, which deplete the ozone layer. The agency, as of 2010, is banning manufacturers from making units with a refrigerant known as R-22, commonly used to cool residential and commercial spaces. The substance, also known as chlorodifluoromethane, or difluoromonochloromethane, spews clouds of hydrocarbons into...
  • Restaurants & Stores May Face Fines For Wasting Energy

    08/14/2008 3:02:12 PM PDT · by Past Your Eyes · 26 replies · 139+ views ^ | :August 13, 2008 | Amanda
    "The City Council is poised to approve new legislation on Thursday that would bar stores from keeping their doors open when air-conditioners or central cooling systems are in use. Any store or restaurant in violation of the new rule will first be issued a written warning and charged fines for subsequent violations. The second time within an 18-month period that a business is found to be violating the law, a fine of $200 would be charged by the city for every open door. That fine would increase to $400 a door for any subsequent violations during the same period."
  • U.N. Building to Cut Air Conditioning

    07/30/2008 7:37:59 AM PDT · by Coffee200am · 27 replies · 149+ views
    Web India 123 ^ | 07.30.2008 | UPI
    The U.N. headquarters in New York will be warming up as part of an initiative to battle climate change, U.N. officials say. Under a directive from U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, air conditioning in the 50-year-old, glass-walled Secretariat will be dialed down in a nod toward environmentalism, and in return, suit-and-tie requirements will be jettisoned in favor of national dress, The Washington Times reported Wednesday. The landmark, 39-story building on New York's East River is notorious for its draftiness and Ban, who calls himself the environmental secretary-general, has instituted an in-house climate change initiative to save energy costs. Called Cool U.N.,...
  • Self-Cooling Soda Bottles? [thin-film technology may make conventional A/C obsolete]

    07/11/2006 3:21:09 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 41 replies · 1,383+ views
    Researchers work to shrink technology that harnesses sun's energy to both heat and coolEvery day, the sun bathes the planet in energy--free of charge--yet few systems can take advantage of that source for both heating and cooling. Now, researchers are making progress on a thin-film technology that adheres both solar cells and heat pumps onto surfaces, ultimately turning walls, windows, and maybe even soda bottles into climate control systems. On July 12, 2006, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) researcher Steven Van Dessel and his colleagues will announce their most recent progress--including a computer model to help them simulate the climate within...
  • Unsung Engineering Heros

    05/13/2006 2:49:50 PM PDT · by pabianice · 1 replies · 411+ views
    The Nav Log ^ | 5/13/06
    Unsung Engineering Heros: Robert Sherman In 1945, Robert Sherman invented the modern portable, in-window air conditioner (Patent # 2,433,960 granted January 6, 1948). It was subsequently "appropriated" by a large manufacturer who made hundreds of millions of dollars on it. Sherman did not have the resources to fight the big corporation in court (they reportedly promised to "break him" if he tried) and thus never received a dime. He died in 1962. Recognition of his contribution to heating/air conditioning is long overdue. Full Article
  • Really cool invention brings teens awards

    07/21/2005 7:00:33 AM PDT · by TChris · 20 replies · 4,681+ views
    Salt Lake Tribune ^ | 7/21/05 | Jessica Ravitz
    Physics students: They came up with an environmentally friendly, economical air conditioner BLUFFDALE - The code name, Space Beast, was one they came up with in the wee hours of the night. Tyler Lyon, Daniel Winegar and Chad Thornley were overtired and giddy as they tackled a science fair project. Their idea: Eliminate the use of Freon in automobile air-conditioning systems by relying on the Peltier effect - of course. "We aren't planning our lives around making air conditioners," Lyon explained. "We wanted to do something to help the environment and the economy." But what began as a Riverton High...
  • China: Shanghai on blackouts brink(airconditioner on overdrive)

    07/06/2005 7:36:38 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 2 replies · 324+ views
    The Standard ^ | 07/06/05
    Shanghai on blackouts brinkJuly 6, 2005 Shanghai is on the verge of citywide blackouts with the 10th day of a heat wave sending electricity usage soaring to fresh peak records. Loads reached a record 16.4 million kilowatts this week compared with a high of 15 million kilowatts last year, the Shanghai Morning Post reported Tuesday. Although two new generators have come online since last year, raising capacity by 1.32 million kilowatts, there is not enough supply with temperatures hovering around 39 degrees Celsius. With all city generating units running at full tilt and grids outside supplying an extra 4.83 million...
  • Hong Kong: 'Arctic conditions' inside malls and buses blasted(need sweaters or heaters)

    07/06/2005 6:28:42 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies · 788+ views
    The Standard ^ | 06/27/05 | Winnie Chong
    'Arctic conditions' inside malls and buses blasted Winnie Chong June 27, 2005 Hong Kong's ''big chill'' is getting people hot under the collar. The problem of ice-cold shopping malls and public transport makes life unbearable for both tourists and residents alike, a green group said Sunday. According to Friends of the Earth, even leading travel guides refer to Hong Kong's ''Arctic conditions'' at shopping venues, restaurants and on public transport. The group says it has received 266 complaints from residents and travelers this month, complaining of the cold. One said the temperature inside a Kowloon Bay restaurant toilet was 16...
  • Tighter efficiency requirements put chill on air conditioning industry

    06/29/2005 9:43:32 AM PDT · by FreedomHasFewFriends · 12 replies · 1,578+ views
    The Augusta Chronicle ^ | Jun 24, 2005 | The Augusta Chronicle - Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News
    <p>Jun 24, 2005 (The Augusta Chronicle - Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News via COMTEX) -- Energy-hungry air conditioners are getting the cold shoulder from the government. And after January, you'll no longer be able to buy them.</p> <p>For consumers, this means more energy efficient -- but higher priced -- air conditioners.</p>
  • American Brothers Accused of Terror Links Deported to U.S.

    03/01/2004 3:26:02 PM PST · by Indy Pendance · 5 replies · 320+ views
    Foxnews ^ | 3-1-04
    <p>MANILA, Philippines — Two American brothers arrested in the Philippines last year for alleged ties to Al Qaeda (search)-linked groups were deported to the United States, immigration officials said Monday.</p> <p>Michael Ray Stubbs (search), 55, of Antioch, Calif., and his brother James, 56, who also goes by the name Jamil Daud Mujahid (search), of Newark, N.J., were arrested in December and ordered deported.</p>
  • Phoenix residents urged to conserve energy as temperatures rise

    07/27/2004 7:43:31 AM PDT · by ItsTheMediaStupid · 10 replies · 391+ views
    The Sacramento Bee, Associated Press ^ | July 26, 2004 | ANABELLE GARAY
    PHOENIX (AP) - Phoenix and its suburbs, where the air conditioning is cranked up so high that office workers and shoppers get goosebumps and have to wear sweaters in the middle of the summer, are being urged to turn down the AC to avoid rolling blackouts. But it's not going to be easy to get people to change their ways. Phoenix-area utilities started asking customers to conserve energy after fires at two transmission stations earlier this month reduced their capacity to deliver electricity. One of the first energy-saving suggestions: Push the thermostat a few degrees higher. "It all starts with...
  • DFU SONG: Oh, What a Beautiful Morning (the NY blackout song)

    08/15/2003 9:10:31 AM PDT · by doug from upland · 12 replies · 253+ views
    DFU SONG PARODIES | 8-2003 | Lyrics, Doug from Upland
    OH, WHAT A BEAUTIFUL MORNING (beaumorn.mid) I was checking news about RAT b*stardsBut then suddenly there's a disaster What's Hillary done...has her husband been bad?Are there more who are claiming that Jesse's their dad? Where's my electrical power?I'm about ready to weep Where's my electrical power?I can't get online to FReep Have we managed to dump Grayout Davis?Do the pundits think Arnold can save us? In public have gays been out doing their thing?Has Scott Ritter dropped trow at his own Burger King? Where's my electrical power?I'm about ready to weep Where's my electrical power?I can't get online to...