I wish there were some way to determine what the true state of the environment is without all of the “political tomfoolery” going on.
We keep hearing that there is a 97% consensus among climate scientists that climate damage is largely man-made.
It turns out that a significant number of those “experts” work for government-funded organizations that would not exist with no climate crisis. Some industry leaders accuse climate activists of using scare tactics while some of those activists portray “captains of industry” as desiring fouled air and water as they count their profits. The HVAC industry presents an enigma to both sides of the climate change debate. The pro-HVAC side points to the contributions that HVAC has made to the betterment of society and the reduction of heat-related deaths. Environmental activists point out three areas where HVAC has harmed the environment. First are the ozone-destroying chlorine-based refrigerants like R-22 that are currently being phased out. It will take a while before the use of R-22 completely ends, but the good news is that the Earth’s ozone layer heals itself over time. Some studies predict that by 2060, the ozone layer will be completely “healed”. The second area is that the energy that powers HVAC systems comes from the much-maligned fossil fuels. We are still years away from where alternate energies can compete with fossil fuels as a viable energy source. Solar panels and windmills may show some promise, but they are fraught with environmental issues of their own. The third area where naysayers of HVAC point to is the vented heat that adds to global warming. Instead of warmer global temperatures, if we are headed into a new Ice Age, then perhaps the heat from today’s HVAC units can soften Mother Nature’s wrath.