Another anniversary we should celebrate, folks—of possibly a more momentous and society-altering stroke of pure brilliance than the moon shot wound up being.
In July of 1902, an engineer named Willis Carrier designed the world’s first modern air conditioning system. The design was to cut the humidity level at the Sackett & Wilhelms printing plant in Brooklyn, New York.
“It was so hot that summer that the ink would not stick to the paper. It was too humid,” said Rackley. “So he developed a device that would pass air over coils that were cooled by a refrigerant, I guess it was called water then, that pulled the moisture out of the air and they were able to print.”
There was a happy side effect from that design. The temperature inside the factory became more pleasant and pretty soon, they were installed at other factories and businesses.
“When it first came out, movie theaters are where folks would show up,” said Rackley. “You would go to the movies not only to watch a movie but to stay cool. It was dark and cold. You could sit comfortably and get out of the heat.”
It would be years before homes had air conditioning but when it did, there was no going back!
Ahh, but that’s precisely what the Green-weenie Ecotards would force us to do, in the name of stopping Climate Change (formerly Global Warming, formerly Global Cooling, formerly “the weather”). Then again, they feel that way about pretty much everything that represents true progress, and makes modern life less brutal and more bearable. As Glenn says, air conditioning is a triumph of Western civilization…which is all the more reason for Proggy to hate it.