Friday, November 07, 2008

Federal energy aid comes to Florida

My partner is politically progressive but always practical. The following report in The Miami Herald

Federal energy aid comes to Florida

prompted a particularly frank response:
Okay... what is this about?
What is Home Energy Assistance giving these people? Hot water?
Perhaps if you are elderly you need air conditioning? So people eat bad food, develop bad habits, get asthma and then we pay to give them 60-degree homes? Can we tell them the temp can't go below 76 degrees? In general, air conditioning should be luxury. As one who rides their bike and sweats in the worst (almost) weather, I have little sympathy.
I would add that air conditioning does help people with heart problems. We may lament the habits that strained or damaged their hearts, but I wouldn't want to deny them help. Let's teach energy thrift in setting the thermostat and choosing low-wattage lighting, then let the good climes roll.

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