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October 2, 2009

Let Them Use A/C!

The US Chamber of Commerce, clearly attempting to prove there's no such thing as too big or too stupid, has most definitely jumped the shark. Major corporations like Nike, PG&E and Exelon (the last two are energy companies!) have already made their displeasure known over the Chamber's strategy of climate denial and opposition to any attempts to address climate change. Now, thanks to Kate Sheppard, who uncovered a recent filing by the Chamber to the EPA, we learn that, in fact, the Chamber has a plan to address global warming:
Humans have become less susceptible to the effects of heat due to a combination of adaptations, particularly air conditioning. The availability of air conditioning is expected to continue to increase.
How positively Marie Antoinettean of them! Global temperatures rising? No problemo -- just crank up the A/C. And why exactly is everyone so worried about it anyway? Everyone knows that:
[T]he scientific evidence is clear that cold is a more potent hazard than heat.
The number one reason the Chamber thinks we don't need to worry about global warming?
It's a dry heat.*
Sheesh. What innovations in inanity will the captains of American industry think up next?

*Yeah, I made that up. But you know they're thinking it.

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