I am generally not much on petitions because they rarely do any good and I am sure this one won’t either but the embarrassment factor alone will make it worth the effort. Last week John Kerry said that air conditioners are more dangerous than ISIS. I’m not sure that’s true. I have never seen an air conditioner behead a young child for not fasting during Ramadan. A man going by the name of Hopalong Ginsberg has started a petition that calls for removing air conditioners on all State Department properties, including embassies.
Here is the text of the petition:
“WHEREAS, Secretary of State John F. Kerry has suggested that air conditioners are as big a threat as ISIS, and WHEREAS, it is the duty of our elected and appointed government officials to lead by example, THEREFORE, we call upon the U.S. Department of State to remove air conditioning from all property that the Department owns, rents, or otherwise employs, including but not limited to embassies, consulates, office buildings, etc., all vehicles owned and/or operated by the Department, and any other property, real or movable, owned, rented, or otherwise employed by the Department.”
And here is Kerry’s remarks:
“We were working together on the challenge of [the Islamic State], and terrorism. It’s hard for some people to grasp it, but what we — you — are doing here right now is of equal importance because it has the ability to literally save life on the planet itself.”
There are currently 2400 signers on the petition. It needs 100,000 within 30 days in order to assure it is addressed by the White House.