Americans' Air Conditioning Habit Is Eco-Friendly

Europeans use less cooling, but not because they're morally superior.

Life without air conditioning.

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Any American who has spent much time around visiting Europeans has probably had some version of this conversation: "Why do you use so much air conditioning?" they ask. "Your buildings are ridiculously cold. I have to wear a sweater inside in the summer! And it's bad for the environment. You shouldn't do that."

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