Pat Shingleton: "Car Cool Down... Part 2"
Friday's column noted the history of car air conditioning, dating back to 1933 and further advanced from 1940 to 1952. Vehicle components emit a cancer causing carcinogen called Benzene that rapidly increases when parked cars are exposed to sunlight. Car manufacturers suggest vacating the internal heat by opening the windows first and activating the air conditioner-second. In my original posting of this column, I received a response from a viewer who noted that researchers at Exxon-Mobil are extracting citrus oil from orange and lemon peels to eliminate Benzene in vehicles. The implementation of a hydrocarbon substitute involves manipulating molecules in similar ways that polymers are processed. As dashboards, steering wheels, seat covers and other plastic components have been implemented in the past, future vehicles may include the same components made from citrus products. I mentioned this to our resident chemist and WBRZ Channel 2 Meteorologist "Fill-In" Keller C. Watts. Keller noted that he never drives a car unless there's a bottle of orange juice in it...
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