Guest essay by Eric Worrall
US Secretary of State John Kerry has set his sights on the nation’s air conditioners, claiming that the climate impact of air conditioners are as big a threat to life as the Islamic State terrorist group.
Kerry: Air conditioners as big a threat as ISIS
“As we were working together on the challenge of [ISIS] and terrorism,” Kerry said. “It’s hard for some people to grasp it, but what we–you–are doing here right now is of equal importance because it has the ability to literally save life on the planet itself.”
Kerry said that most of the substances banned in the Montreal Protocol have increased the use of HFCs and claimed that the coolant was thousands of times more potent than CO2. He added that the increase of HFCs has led to the trend of global climate change.
“The use of hydrofluorocarbons is unfortunately growing,” Kerry said. “Already, the HFCs use in refrigerators, air conditioners, and other items are emitting an entire gigaton of carbon dioxide-equivalent pollution into the atmosphere annually. Now, if that sounds like a lot, my friends, it’s because it is. It’s the equivalent to emissions from nearly 300 coal-fired power plants every single year.” …
I’m surprised John Kerry has such a negative view of air conditioners. Air conditioners have played a surprisingly important part in the climate debate. If James Hansen and Tim Worth hadn’t sabotaged the Congress building Air Conditioner in 1988, the night before crucial testimony which kicked off the entire political climate movement, there might not have been a climate “crisis”.
Perhaps Kerry thinks if he makes Air Conditioners a thing of the past, the entire nation might experience the sweaty heat which proved so convincing on that fateful day in 1988.