Larry Myers

Daily Note

August 6, 2023

This article in the Guardian about Jeff Goodell’s new book is sobering. What struck me is the idea of air conditioning being a “technology of forgetting”. It’s a perfect way to frame how we rely on A/C. Despite only being in the 70’s yesterday we closed windows and turned on the A/C because we didn’t feel like dealing with 90% humidity in the house all day. It was an easy solution to dealing with a minor discomfort, since we don’t have to deal with any immediate effects of using more electricity. As long as there are easy solutions without immediate consequences we will use them as a society.