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Study: Home air conditioning
cut premature deaths on
hot days 80 percent since 1960

Washington Post, by Juliet Eilperin

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Posted By:Dreadnought, 12/22/2012 10:52:55 PM

As winter begins to tighten its grip on much of the United States, air conditioning doesn’t seem like much of a survival strategy. But a new study has found that home air conditioning played a key role in reducing American death rates over the past half-century, by keeping people cool on extremely hot days. The installation of air conditioning in American homes is the reason why the chances of dying on an extremely hot day fell 80 percent over the past half-century, according to an analysis by a team of American researchers.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Ribicon, 12/22/2012 11:00:31 PM     (No. 9080061)

And yet, our own government conspires to make life-saving energy a lot less affordable. Makes a person wonder.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 12/22/2012 11:09:13 PM     (No. 9080068)

How about the asthma deaths prevented ?

With today´s utility bills, who will be able to repair or replace AC units ?

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Safari Man, 12/22/2012 11:48:40 PM     (No. 9080092)

Soon we´ll be hearing that cool air in the middle of summer is a "right" and that Obama is going to provide free air conditioning units and free electricity for low income (ie 47%) people.


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Reply 4 - Posted by: Newtsche, 12/22/2012 11:55:49 PM     (No. 9080096)

Yep, #3, and that´s just in this country.



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Reply 5 - Posted by: oh-heck, 12/23/2012 1:15:07 AM     (No. 9080138)

I believe these numbers but HATE the premature death concept. The EPA is using it to control soot, which didn´t even make the list until 1997 when Clinton´s EPA was looking for something to regulate. Yet the EPA claims thousands upon thousands will be saved from premature death. I don´t believe those numbers.

I lived in Europe for a while and they burn a lot of wood and coal in fireplaces. They have true fog problems and health problems due to particulates.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Trigger2, 12/23/2012 2:35:16 AM     (No. 9080162)

Every renovated house for ´poor´ people in this county has central air. Working people can´t afford the same.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Topic Thunder, 12/23/2012 2:58:44 AM     (No. 9080167)

On the other hand, public building air conditioning has lead to the premature death of liberty by allowing federal and state legislative bodies to meet year around.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: juststop, 12/23/2012 3:15:46 AM     (No. 9080175)

Think they could do so real reporting for a change..........???

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Reply 9 - Posted by: mws50, 12/23/2012 6:48:38 AM     (No. 9080250)

The EPA and the ridiculous Montreal Protocol have dramatically increased our AC costs. R-22 freon used to cost $40 a can (30#). Now it costs $375 a can. To replace an AC used to cost around $2,000. Now the new 410a freon system costs around $4,500.

This is a HUGE waste of money for NO environmental benefit. The IPCC lied. The Antarctica ozone hole was never a hole, it was an annual reduction in the ozone layer due to the lack of sunshine at the South Pole. It repaired itself every year, when the sun returned to Antarctica. For 7 months out of the year, it is normal. For 5 months, it looses ozone molecules, due to the lack of any direct sunshine.

We have been scammed.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: slickbgone, 12/23/2012 8:20:47 AM     (No. 9080353)

#3, they had a program in Milwaukee to provide "free" air conditioners to the "poor" & all the units ended up in the homes of those who ran the program.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: NancyD, 12/23/2012 8:49:14 AM     (No. 9080399)

#3 you are right.

Meanwhile, Big Gov´t is shutting down coal plants how many cities get their electricity, so the cost is going to go WAY up, as the costs go up, as do the taxes and the Gov´t collects more.. to give away for more Govt programs.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: civilservant, 12/23/2012 9:39:06 AM     (No. 9080477)

"Your electric bills will skyrocket..."
AC cuts premature deaths, Obama policies will raise utility rates stratospherically.
Get ready for ´change´, seniors.......from a living state to......well, good luck with the red pill.


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Reply 13 - Posted by: bob913, 12/23/2012 10:46:51 AM     (No. 9080593)

My uncle can afford a/c but he likes the hot weather or he is cheap. I think both : )

He does a windows a/c unit in his bedroom but the rest of house is HOT.

I come to visit in the summer and need to stand in front of the fan until 3pm when the ocean breeze starts to come in over the mountain. That is his excuse. It will cool done.... sometime.

At my place I have the a/c on all the time. You just cannot function in hot weather as much as cooler air. 90-100 degree temps are just miserable.

I remember stories that in France they have hundreds of people dying unnecessarily every year from the heat. The article mentions global warming. That is a scam.

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