Thursday, October 1, 2009

The Global (Warming) Effect on the 2016 Olympics

All things being equal, I like the idea of the Olympics being hosted by a US city as a matter of national pride.

I do however think it is a monumentally politically tone-deaf move for President Obama to jet off to Copenhagen to make the big close on Chicago's bid to win the 2016 nod, not to mention Michelle Obama's contention that going to Eurpoe to make the pitch is a...sacrifice.

It's for the (fat and lazy) children, of course (thanks Michelle, for all you do!).

But let's just note that a large portion of the city of Chicago itself is not so excited.

And now at Commentary's John Steele Gordon (surely that's a well-chosen pseudonym of a superhero, isn't it?) makes a comment about Chicago's main rival for the Games:

Brazil’s government is pushing hard for the 2016 summer games to be held in Rio de Janeiro and they have a very good case.

I'll say.

I mean, the governor of Tokyo has told us:

Tokyo governor Shintaro Ishihara warned on Wednesday the 2016 Olympics could be the last Games, with global warming an immediate threat to mankind.

Well, if global warming is threatening then the most logical answer is to ... give the Games to the city in the Southern hemisphere, where it is their winter, ameliorating the concern about high temperatures, with average Aug/Sep highs in Rio in the upper 70s (mid 20s celsius), and not Northern hemispherical cities Chicago or Tokyo (the third city in the running) who would be in the dog days of global warming enhanced summers.

Because if global warming is so bad and its effects so immediate, then a Chicago heat wave could be dangerous for athletes and spectators alike and potentially deadly on a massive scale.

And don't get me started on Tokyo:

In the summer of 2004, temperature went record high up to 42.7°C (109°F) in the middle of Tokyo (Adachi ward)...It was hotter in Tokyo than in the subtropical islands of Okinawa.

It was caused not only by the "global warming" going on everywhere around the world, but also by "urban heat island syndrome". Grounds covered with concrete and asphalt keep the sun's heat even during night times, and continuously working air-conditioners and millions of cars produce artificial heat 24 hours a day.

OK, to sum up: because of Global Warming:

Sorry, Chicago.

Sayonara, Tokyo.

Annnnd...

Olá, Rio!

As famous late 20th century philosopher Simon Le Bon has said of Rio:

"You know you're something special and you look like you're the best."



HMMMMM: Since Moe Lane points to Chicagoans for Rio! perhaps this post should be subtitled "Al Gorians for Rio!"

But thinking out loud here, that provides the easy solution for Chicago: promise to have Al Gore hold a Global Warming Summit in the city during the Olympics, guaranteeing unseasonably cooler temperatures during the Games through the mystical power of the "Gore Effect".

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