I’m still waiting for all the Cult of Climastrology members to give up their own air conditioning. Instead, they want to deny Other People the same modern lifestyle developments that make their own lives nice
A thrill goes down Lane 12, C Block, Kamalpur every time another working-class family brings home its first air-conditioner. Switched on for a few hours, usually to cool a room where the whole family sleeps, it transforms life in this suffocating concrete labyrinth where the heat reached 117 degrees in May.
“You wake up totally fresh,” exulted Kaushilya Devi, a housewife, whose husband bought a unit in May. “I wouldn’t say we are middle class,” she said. “But we are closer.”
But 3,700 miles away, in Kigali, Rwanda, negotiators from more than 170 countries gathered this week to complete an accord that would phase out the use of heat-trapping hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs, worldwide, and with them the cheapest air-conditioners that are just coming within reach of people like Ms. Devi. Millions of Indians might mark the transition from poverty with the purchase of their first air-conditioner, but as those purchases ease suffering in one of the planet’s hottest countries, they are contributing profoundly to the heating of the planet.
Let’s be honest: HFC’s are a greenhouse gas that should be concerning, being around 1,000 more powerful than CO2, and doesn’t seem to have a doubling effect. It would be worthwhile to replace it. The problem here is that any alternatives right now are much, much more expensive, so, people in developing nations won’t be able to afford this like air conditioners. And refrigerators. And anything that uses HFCs.
The replacements are more toxic and flammable. How about that?
But the deal, which could be completed this weekend, could have as much or more of an effect on climate change. Unlike the Paris accord, the emerging Kigali agreement will have the force of international law, a legal requirement that rich countries give poor countries money to help them comply, and trade and economic sanctions against countries that do not.
Screwing poor people by force of international law. Good job, Warmists. Now give up your own use of any device that uses HFCs.