SF to compete for Olympics? Decision today

The U.S. Olympic Committee today will announce a list of U.S. cities to compete as the final U.S. applicant to hold the 2016 summer games. San Francisco, Chicago, Los Angeles, Houston and Philadelphia are the others still in the running.

Is this really a good idea? More thoughts after the jump.

Given the fatal heat wave that has just assaulted California — over 40 people died during a business-as-usual period — I wonder whether we have the ability to just maintain normal services, much less build a stadium that will hold 90,000 people and then host hundreds of thousands of tourists, athletes and officials during a three-week period. Who’s to say a heat wave of similar proportions — which seemed unusual this month — won’t be more common ten years from now as global warming takes hold? While we escaped rolling blackouts this time, and there were no widespread power outages here like there were in New York (now fixed after more than a week) and St. Louis (where 250,000 customers were without power for a week), that seems more like a matter of luck.

Cataclysmic traffic, a security lockdown tighter than a Tom Cruise stopover at a Scientology center, and all at the hottest time of the year. Man, I dunno.

Update: Speaking of Houston, they have to deal with the usual summer thunderstorms, which are capable of causing widespread flooding — not to mention hurricanes.

3 Comments so far

  1. joann Landers (unregistered) on July 26th, 2006 @ 11:09 am

    Would those over 40 people that died be alive now if California would have been able to go forward with construction of new nuclear power plants? Nuclear energy may have gotten of to a rocky start in the minds of many, some thinking it bubbles up from Hell. But now with modern technology, nuclear energy can be produced safely.

    Note: Diablo Canyon Nuclear Plant is designed to withstand the impact of a fully loaded “747” aircraft.

  2. Mark (unregistered) on July 26th, 2006 @ 11:36 am

    There was not necessarily a link between the deaths and power failures. Some of those folks who died didn’t have AC at all; they just died because it got too hot for them.

    But this post is actually about the Olympics; the power crisis is only context.

  3. Mark (unregistered) on July 26th, 2006 @ 2:19 pm

    Update: The USOC announced that SF, LA and Chicago will remain in the running, with Houston and Philadelphia dropped from consideration. Story here.

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