Thomas Midgley, Hapless Destroyer of the Planet

I’m currently reading “Losing Our Cool,” by Stan Cox. So far, it’s a fascinating and data-heavy look at the history and impact of air conditioning on modern life. The ultimate impacts, are of course, environmental, but the intermediate impacts are myriad: cultural expectations, definitions of comfort, urbanization patterns, transportation and more. I’ll try and write a full review when I’m done (no promises), but this anecdote just cried out for sharing.


Poor Thomas Midgley —  his name really should become an epithet for solutions that create more problems. “It sounds good, but it could be a real midgley.”

2 responses to “Thomas Midgley, Hapless Destroyer of the Planet”

  1. exquisitecomics Avatar

    so true.

  2. […] noted, back in August, that I was reading this book, and it didn’t take me three months to read it — so I’m […]

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