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For one New Yorker, Bloomberg’s innovation seemed somewhat outdated: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