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June 28th, 2012
02:32 PM ET

Only In America: Staying cool in the summer

On Wednesday, Piers Morgan used his "Only in America" segment to crown the country's coolest mayor.

Thanks to his unique automobile apparatus, and a red-hot photo seared into the front page of the New York Post, Michael Bloomberg earned the honor.

Initially earning criticism for the environmental implications of idling his car, the mayor has taken a creative approach towards keeping his all-black S.U.V. "green."

Instead of pumping the A.C. from within, Bloomberg now counts on an external A.C. unit, fitted into the driver's side window:

“The contraption for a Mayor who prides himself on being 'green' is about as ridiculous as you could possibly get,” Morgan said.

While it may be ridiculous, it's anything but easy. Just getting the air conditioner into the car has become a process. It's wheeled over to the vehicle, propped up, and plugs into an outlet inside City Hall courtesy of extension cords.

“It's that simple, and it's that insane,” quipped Morgan.

For one New Yorker, Bloomberg’s innovation seemed somewhat outdated:

“This day in age, there's got to be a better way than to put a window air conditioner in the car window,” said a local passerby. "Especially a guy who's worth, you know, a hundred-billion dollars."

Others surmised that Bloomberg's high-powered plan doesn't relate to the common man:

"If he wants to be a role model in saying, 'this is how we can save energy – take your wall unit and put it in your car,' the average person can't do that,” said one woman. “It makes no sense.”

But the criticism isn't universal. One Columbia University professor applauded Bloomberg for his unique approach, noting that emissions from an idling S.U.V.’s air conditioner are in line with those "from the world’s worst coal-firing power plant."

As inventive as Bloomberg is, Morgan suggests that "Only in America" might a mayor miss a more obvious answer to the summer's hot-button issue: "Maybe he could just wind down the window."
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  1. John Tablloyd

    The photo and story was in the New York Post, not the Daily News, as stated in your second paragraph.

    June 28, 2012 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Griff.

    "Thursday June 28th. "Barack Obama fell in the hole, and CNN are running shy? Obama won nothing on his health care except the Label, and the taxman collects again. He's in big trouble and he's blind to what is really happening.
    Plus the waiting-list for hospital paitients is ridiculous. There are no beds, and patients are lying in corridors!"

    June 28, 2012 at 9:10 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. twonotrump

    what a whiney that cantore is glad he's not a candidate get a life republicans

    June 28, 2012 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. AZJEJ

    Why is he sitting in his car outside city hall?

    June 29, 2012 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Robert

    Not once in this article does it say WHY he was idling his vehicle in the first place. Not in the written portion, nor in the video. Hello! We're not getting the whole story here! Now I can make assumptions, like that he sits in his car to get away from people he can't stand, or that he was running it without even being in it to keep it cool for when he goes home. But I really have no idea from this article. Has no one considered giving the readers this piece of info?

    June 29, 2012 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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