GreenBiz has recently featured an article about the vicious cycle: as we cool ourselves, we heat our planet. Climate change makes summers hot, so people use their air conditioners more, which leads to more heat-trapping emissions in the atmosphere.
Surya Panditi, head of Enel X North America, explained that the solution to this problem was in utility-run demand response programs and battery storage systems. AC is not going anywhere, but we can make it more efficient. You can find out more here.