Holy Hypocrisy and Hot Air, Pope Francis Battles Evil…Air Conditioning

By Michelle Malkin

Pope Francis
Holy Hypocrisy and Hot Air, Pope Francis Battles Evil…Air Conditioning

Michelle Malkin

Los Angeles, CA -(Ammoland.com)- Unlike Pope Francis, I believe that air-conditioning and the capitalists responsible for the technology are blessings to the world.

Perhaps the head of the Catholic Church, who condemned “the increasing use and power of air-conditioning” last week in a market-bashing encyclical, is unaware of the pioneering private company that has donated its time, energy and innovative heating, ventilating and air-conditioning equipment to the Vatican's most famous edifice for more than a decade.

That's right. While the pontiff sanctimoniously attacks “those who are obsessed with maximizing profits,” Carrier Corporation — a $13 billion for-profit company with 43,000 employees worldwide (now a unit of U.S.-based United Technologies Corp.) — ensures that the air in the Vatican's Sistine Chapel stays clean and cool.

Last fall, Carrier unveiled a groundbreaking HVAC system for the Vatican to help preserve Michelangelo's masterpieces against pollution caused by the estimated six million visitors who descend on the Sistine Chapel every year to see its famous frescoes.

As the company described it, their new solution “uses two Carrier AquaForce(r) 30XWV water-cooled chillers with Greenspeed(r) intelligence, each with 580 kilowatts of capacity. It leverages specially designed software and components, as well as patented, energy-saving technologies to maintain optimal climate conditions for the protection of the paintings within the chapel.” State-of-the-art intelligent controls “anticipate visitor levels and adjust its performance intuitively.” It also “delivers twice the efficiency and three times the capacity of the former system, which was built and installed by Carrier in the early 1990s.”

Here's the lesson about air-conditioning capitalists that Pope Francis fails to appreciate: Carrier's technological know-how and breakthroughs didn't just descend from the clouds. As I recount in my latest book, “Who Built That,” every perfectly chilled home, office, movie theater, mall, factory, hospital, lab and museum owes its existence to the profit-seeking pioneers of manufactured weather: Willis Carrier and Irvine Lyle.

These early 20th-century inventive giants brought air-conditioning to the market and to the masses. Willis Carrier was the scientist-tinkerpreneur whose prolific stream of experiments and epiphanies, beginning in 1902, fueled historic technological advances in heating, refrigeration and air-conditioning.

Irvine Lyle was the mechanical engineer-turned-salesman who imagined countless new commercial applications for Carrier's work — and successfully turned those ideas into a multibillion-dollar business through relentless promotion, pitches, networking, advertising and outreach.

The scientists and their core team begged, borrowed and made stock sales to friends and neighbors. Carrier even enlisted his dentist for cash to get Carrier Engineering Corporation up and running in 1915. Carrier, Lyle and five founding engineers together pitched in $32,600 in start-up funds.

The Carrier capitalists risked it all in defiance of an economic depression and amid the tumult of world war. They couldn't afford their own factory and scrounged for made-to-order parts wherever they could find them. They dug into their own pockets to cover salary shortfalls. The wealth wasn't handed to them. Carrier and Lyle, farm boys who both graduated from Cornell, drove their men hard and themselves harder.

The Carrier team sold its products to businesses, large and small, that spanned the spectrum of human needs and wants. The pope should know that in addition to sparing countless lives from death by heat wave, Carrier designed a special system for Jonas Salk that helped maintain constant temperatures in the vats where Salk's poliovirus strains grew. The Salk vaccine saved thousands of lives and spearheaded the vaccine revolution.

From Hollywood to the pharmaceutical industry to textiles to the retail industry to the military to homeowners, there isn't a sector of the American economy that Carrier and Lyle didn't help transform. Their zealous focus on helping businesses provide better products at cheaper costs resulted in the invaluable byproducts of increased health, comfort and happiness.

While the pope blames commercial enterprises and the “global market economy” for causing “environmental degradation,” it is a worldwide commercial enterprise made in America that solved the (SET (ITAL) human-caused degradation of, and environmental damage to, the Vatican's most prized art and assets.

If the pontiff truly believes “excessive consumption” of modern conveniences is causing evil “climate change,” will he be shutting down and returning the multimillion-dollar system Carrier generously gifted to the Vatican Museums?

If not, I suggest, with all due respect, that Pope Francis do humanity a favor and refrain from blowing any more hot air unless he's willing to stew in his own.

About: Michelle Malkin

Michelle Malkin is the author of “Culture of Corruption: Obama and his Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks and Cronies” & “Unhinged: Exposing Liberals Gone Wild”. Her e-mail address is [email protected]

  • 5 thoughts on “Holy Hypocrisy and Hot Air, Pope Francis Battles Evil…Air Conditioning

    1. Remember Carrier is a multi national conglomerate that cares little about the people and more about profit. I think the pope is right. He should be applauded for his stance. Last thing I want to see is a pope that lives a life of luxury.

      I grew up a country boy and we never had air conditioning. I later in life worked within UTC as salaried employee. The luxuries in life is not what makes life worth living!

    2. Let’s see the pope wants to get rid of guns–hmm doesn’t he have a small.l army guarding him> He wants us to do without AC & other energy using devices while he flies around in his jet. He wants us to give money to the poor even if we don’t take care of our bills. Like most libs he doesn’t have a problem spending someone else’s money. Like most left wing loons he doesn’t address the real problems such as the child molesters in his church. In other words h is a commie hypocrite totally useless. He should run for office as a lefty loon. If he is a Christian then the world is flat

    3. One indicator regarding the economic development of a country or a city is to keep track of the amount of A/C being installed and used. A/C improves the people’s working conditions, making them happier and more productive. The UN’s Agenda 21 includes A/C and central heating as unsustainable and to be eliminated.

      Now, try to think of some place in the world where one would not want to have heating and/or A/C during at least part of the year. There is simply no place in the world that is climatically friendly to humans all year. They expect us to swelter and/or freeze when they stick us on our little “human settlements,” cut off from the outside world, there being no freedom or ability to travel. We would be dependent on needed supplies from the Capitol which collects and redistributes the products from the many districts, assigned such that no district could be self-sufficient, a la Hunger Games (the author had to have read Agenda 21 before writing this series).

    4. Those sitting at the ‘top of the heap’ would love nothing better than reducing world population and rolling civilization back a couple of centuries. Without modern conveniences like air conditioning and digital technology the underclasses would remain underclasses. Nuclear warfare could certainly reduce world population and roll civilization back a few centuries. The Catch-22 is that even those ‘on top’ would die too! So set that G-Damn thermostat wherever you want to. LOL

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