Many Europeans, it seems, shiver in the cold of American homes and office buildings. The United States is the world-leader in air conditioned spaces, and it isn't always an achievement to be proud of.
According to a recent article published in the Washington Post, the U.S. consumes more energy than any other nation on air conditioning. Most Europeans, on the other hand, have grown up without air conditioning being a prominent factor in their home- or work-life.
All this factors into ongoing efforts to combat global warming. According to Stan Cox, a researcher who has spent years studying indoor climate control:
America's a big, rich, hot country... But if the second, fourth, and fifth most populous nations -- India, Indonesia, and Brazil, all hot and humid -- were to use as much energy per capita for air-conditioning as does the U.S., it would require 100 percent of those countries' electricity supplies, plus all of the electricity generated by Mexico, the U.K., Italy, and the entire continent of Africa.
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