It’s hot here in Chico. As many of us know, heat+hangover-cigarettes=certain doom. The walk down to the local Chevron station almost gave me a heat stroke. Isn’t it time that the government does something about the madness?
Well, they are. The Bush administration is taking an active pursuit to keep Americans in comfortable conditions, and they’re pulling out the big guns. In a detailed report from a legitimate news report, the government will soon be launching it’s $100 trillion program to put all of us complainers at ease during the hot summers. What exactly are they going to do?
WASHINGTON, DCâ€”In a nationally televised address reminiscent of President Kennedy’s historic 1961 speech pledging to put a man on the moon, President Bush responded to the global warming crisis Monday by calling for the construction of a giant national air conditioner by the year 2015.
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“Climate change is real and it demands a real solution,” Bush said. “Therefore, I am committed to dedicating all of the technology, all of the brainpower, and all of the resources we need in order to keep America cool and comfortable well into the 21st century.”
The National Air Conditioner Initiative is expected to be the largest public works project in the nation’s history. Because technology capable of creating an air conditioner that can fulfill the cooling needs of a continental land mass does not presently exist, the president estimated that research and development alone will require at least $100 trillion in both federal and private sector funds.
“The challenge of building an air conditioner for all Americans will be the greatest we have ever faced,” Bush said. “But we must face it. We must act now to ensure that our children and our children’s children can live in a world where they don’t get sweaty and have to change their shirts all the time.”
While Bush’s speech left many questions unanswered, such as whether the one-touch cooling settings would be under federal or state jurisdiction, reaction from congressional Democrats and Republicans has been largely favorable.
Environmental groups like the Sierra Club have taken a tough stance on the president’s plan, demanding it contain legally binding language that ensures the air conditioner will be switched to a special energy-conserving “sleep” setting when the country cools off at night. The White House has shown interest in an “economy mode” option that could be used in the event of a budgetary crisis, but it is still unknown whether such a massive unit would qualify for an Energy Star certification, let alone accommodate built-in money-saving features.