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There's no denying the trend that each year our summers get hotter. To compensate for the rise in temperature, we swim; we turn the blinds; we purchase sun shades for our cars; and, we crank our air conditioning: in the car, at work, and at home.

The problem is that our air conditioning units are actually making the planet hotter.

Air conditioning units are, in a word, inefficient. They account for an estimated 5% of annual American energy consumption, and spew 100 million tons of carbon dioxide into the air each year. Moreover, some air conditioning units still contain (and leak) refrigerants called hydrofluorocarbons, a very potent and long-lasting greenhouse gas.

The problem has a simple solution, right, to not use air conditioners? Not so fast. Air conditioning units actually do save the lives of children, the elderly, pets. Cooler temperatures have also proven to increase productivity. Factor in that researchers project the installation of 700 million air conditioners worldwide in the next 15 years, and 1.6 billion by 2050 and the solution doesn’t seem so simple.

Humans cannot afford to turn their back entirely on air conditioning, which is why the United States of America, where 86% of households have air conditioning, must push for innovation. Affordable air conditioning units powered by renewable energy must be made a priority.

Sign below to urge the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Budget and the U.S. Senate Committee on the Budget to make air conditioning innovation top priority by increasing the budget for non-defense research and development. It may be the only way the world finds a cool, clean solution.

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To the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Budget and The U.S. Senate Committee on the Budget:

In 1965, just 10% of homes in the United States had air conditioning. Today, that number has risen to 86%. This is due to the increasing accessibility of air conditioning units—the decreasing cost, the ease of installation.

However, today’s air conditioning units are, in a word, inefficient. They account for an estimated 5% of annual American energy consumption, and spew 100 million tons of carbon dioxide into the air each year. Moreover, some air conditioning units still contain (and leak) refrigerants called hydrofluorocarbons, a very potent and long-lasting greenhouse gas.

In other words, by keeping our homes and workplaces cool, we’re heating up our planet—2016 is predicted to end as the hottest year on record, taking the title from 2015, who took the title from 2014.

The scariest part is that, when taking a moment to look around the world, it’s easy to see that other countries are prepared to follow America’s air conditioning lead, as researchers project that by 2050, 1.6 billion air conditioning units will be installed.

Look specifically to China for proof, and see that, in the last 15 years, the country has gone from just a few homes having air conditioning to all homes having air conditioning, and then some.

Look to India, to Indonesia, and to Brazil, and see that sales of air conditioning units are increasing at a rate of 10 to 15 percent per year.

Look to Mexico, where 13% of households currently have AC. Look to that number settling somewhere between 71% and 81% by 2100.

The air conditioning industry is booming, and, unless we find renewable solutions to keeping cool, it’ll be the end of us all. That’s why it is now, not tomorrow, that I call on you to embrace the idea that, despite our country’s recent hardships, America is still looked up to, and that it is we who must lead this change.

To do so, I ask you to please make air conditioning a top priority, and to place this delicate problem in the hands of our country’s most brilliant innovators by increasing the budget for non-defense research and development to develop clean, green alternatives to powering this essential technology.

Thank you.

Sincerely,

Petition Signatures


Jul 5, 2018 Matthew Carlyle im tired of the only options being crap that desttroys our planet more than it already is, just make one that fucking works and one that works right.
Jul 2, 2018 Kristi Weber
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