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.”