5227[CF] Re: Air Conditioning, Cars, and livable places
- Jun 4, 2002
> Perhaps "Their share" was a poor choice of words. My comments wereDave I think you've read something into my first post on
> directed at the original poster's implication that the people of the
> south waste energy through the use of air conditioning, without
> his considering equivalent energy use for heating.
the subject that was not there. Though I think I can
understand why that may have happened.
The southern parts of the US were only able to become
industrialized (AKA urban and suburbanized) with the
advent of air conditioning and automobiles. My second post
on the subject (with ref to
shows the actual distribution of where the most consumption
of energy occurs, primarily sunny Texas. Alaska has the highest
per capita consumption which might attributed, as you suggested,
to heating requirements of a cold climate and to the long distances
traveled by automobile between distant communities. Yet Alaska has a
small population thus it's not amoung the the areas that
collectively use the most energy.
Without AC and autos people who lived in warm climates
would cope using Earth friendly methods much like Ken
described. But with the advent of AC and autos a great
but somewhat silent migration occurred in the US. What
was once a farmer's verdant field or biological diverse
swamp has now in many places become a lifeless
micro-climate-changing parking lot.
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