What hath Willis Haviland Carrier wrought? Carrier, the inventor of the air conditioner and the founder of the air conditioning company that bears his name, has my vote for the American with the highest influence-to-name-recognition ratio. Without the air conditioner, there would be no modern Sun Belt. Some attribute the Sun Belt’s growth to immigration from other countries or business-friendly attitudes, but I think it has to do with blasts of cool, cool air conditioning. The fact that Clinton Administration energy standards for air conditioning will be relaxed isn’t that surprising; the fact that the energy saved by the stricter 30%-savings standard would, "over 30 years [equal] the annual electricity use by all American households today" is. That’s not from a 30% savings versus no savings, mind you; that’s from 30% versus 20%. Contemplate the sheer volume of air that represents, if you will. In not-at-all-unrelated news, recent studies have provided further evidence of global warming and greenhouse gases’ role in the phenomenon. Given George W.’s support for (and from) the greenhouse-gas-emitting coal industry, I have a feeling there are some long, hot summers ahead; those clever engineers better get residential fuel cells developed soon — I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to spend my sweltering dystopian future without the ability to crank up the A/C. None