This morning I read that athletes at the Sochi 2014 WInter Olympics were fearing the end of Winter due to global warming. This is due to the warmth at Sochi, a Black Sea resort, 43 degrees North Latititude. To put that in perspective, Nice, France, and the Cote d’Azur are at that latitude. Clearly, this is not a winter resort. This is not Oslo, Lillehammer, Turin or the other Winter sites where snow and cold are common. Story and photos of sunbathing athletes Here.
Sòchi was selected by the Olympic Committee after exteme lobbying by Vladimir Putin who wants to publicize this beach resort town on the Black Sea. To get the games, the Russians had to promise to make snow and even “store” snow to protect against its absence. The Winter Games are not in danger as long as sites are selected that are appropriate and snowy.
The alarming aspect of this story is that people actually, after drinking the Kool AId, believe that so called global warming is the culprit. This is understandable as young athletes like to be politically correct and say the “cool” thing to the press. But to have it reported is absurd. However, this in no more absurd than the story today that the continiung arctic conditions over North America have been caused by warming!! How about that? Of course, people who can change passed law, a la ACA, on a whim, can certainly repeal the laws of thermodynamics.