The snarfy Washington Post "journalist" who mocked Europeans for not being able "to take the heat" was so proud of his/her/their air conditioning and sealed buildings.
I wonder how many people in those kinds of buildings when the power went out across a huge chunk of the US yesterday were wishing they could open windows and turn on ceiling fans to keep cool. When my husband's building lost power last week, they had to leave because the temperatures rose to higher than the outside - no windows to open, no natural air currents.
And no power means no ice for your water, no way to run electric fans, and a whole host of other conveniences people take for granted.
The technologies that make living in hot, humid climates comfortable are heavily dependent upon large amounts of "cheap" energy.