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fleg:"That's because you can't make sturdy walls from cactus and sagebrush. And dirt is cheap enough that you can make the walls six feet thick so you don't die of heatstroke while you're inside."

actually, in places like Alpine and Taos...that are up 5000 feet in elevation...

with 2 foot thick abode walls, you don't need a/c. It cools off at night into the 50s and 60s...and even if gets up to 100 deg, it seldom goes above 80 in the house.

You can live with almost no heating/cooling bills there...

as opposed to Portland where you have to run your dehumidifier 100% of the time.....other than maybe 3 days a year when you have a 'freak' clear low humidity day.

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