44 Responses to Qatar beats U.S. for 2022 World Cup bid, promising to equip multiple stadiums “with a high-tech, outdoor air conditioning system to combat summer temperatures that can reach 120 degrees during the day.”
“A computerized image of … one of three stadiums that Qatar will build before hosting the 2022 World Cup.“
And all this time you were worried that global warming would increasingly pose a problem for sports (see “Is that airlifted snow on your Olympic ski mountain, or is your enormous helicopter just happy to see me?“)
You should have been paying more attention to the high-end adaptation crowd (see “Adaptation “” or climate crime? Versace “to create the world’s first refrigerated beach so that hotel guests can walk comfortably across the sand on scorching days.”)
When it comes to conspicuous consumption adaptation, though, Versace has nothing on Qatar, as the Wall Street Journal reports:
In selecting Qatar, the tiny emirate in the heart of the Middle East, FIFA chose to bring the World Cup to a Muslim nation for the first time. A desire to make history, and the opportunity to partner with the natural gas fortune of the Qatari royal family, ultimately proved irresistible to FIFA.
Qatar has promised to spend $4 billion to build nine stadiums, renovate three others and equip all of them with a high-tech, outdoor air conditioning system to combat summer temperatures that can reach 120 degrees during the day. The country has vowed to spend another $50 billion on infrastructure ahead of the tournament.
My hat is off to the adaptation crowd in Qatar. A tough loss for us, though as the Wall Street Journal reports,”The decision comes as a particular blow to the hopes of the U.S. delegation, whose bid for the 2022 event had long been considered the favorite.”
American exceptionalism takes another blow. A sweet $54 billion on infrastructure by Qatar whereas we can’t even extend unemployment insurance!
Isn’t it sweet that FIFA wants a bromance with the natural gas-rich Qatari royal family. On the bright side, at least that air-conditioning won’t be powered by coal.
UPDATE: GetSolar.com reports:
… the Persian Gulf country, which is currently the world’s biggest producer of liquified natural gas, will use solar technology at all five stadiums slated to host World Cup games “” and also at fan zones and training facilities throughout the country.
Can’t quite bring myself to call this sustainable, though, and the computerized image above in particular makes little sense — why not just enclose the entire stadium? What do you think?