John Kerry, the Tour de France and Climate Change

John Kerry was a special guest at this year's Tour de France. He took the opportunity to tell the world's media about how pleased he was to be associated with the Tour and especially with the American professional cycling team, Cannondale, due to their commitment to the Paris Accords and to reducing Climate Change. The corporate media acted like a bunch of nodding dogs. No one apparently noticed the utter absurdity of Kerry's claim.

 

I do not know what the carbon footprint of the Tour de France is (apparently, no one does). But it is unquestionably massive. The Tour de France has twenty-two cycling teams. Each team has cars, buses and trucks. The organisers have cars and trucks and motor cycles. The Tour is covered by thousands of journalists, who travel around the race in cars and sometimes in planes. The Tour is televised by cameras in helicoptors and on motor bikes. The French Air Force display team performs flyovers. Millions of people travel to the course in cars and camper vans and by planes.

 

All these vehicles are burning fossil fuels. And all of these CO2 emissions are produced for a completely unnecessary activity. The notion that professional cycling, and especially the Tour de France, contributes to the reduction of burning fossil fuels is beyond absurd. Yet John Kerry, self professed hero of Climate Change, is all in favour of professional cycling and the Tour de France.

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Comments (37)

  1. EZWAYZ

    Did he get his picture in the paper? That’s why he’s there. Climate change, global warming, carbon footprints and carbon taxes are some of the biggest hoaxes pulled by the globalist over the eyes of the sheeple.
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    Ask yourself, what creates more pollution, building something in first world nations with strict emission laws and shipping it overseas for sale or building the same product in a third world nation (or China) with lax or non-existent emission laws and then shipping it to the first world nation?
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    It’s all about $$$$ for the rich. Period.

    July 23, 2017
    1. Munkyman

      exactly, Kerry also likes cycling, there are lots of pictures of him riding one of the few American made frames. So he’s really just there to be a big ole fanboy.

      July 23, 2017
    2. stevehayes13

      He got himself on the television (across the globe) and in newspapers.

      As to your second paragraph. It is even worse. Tata bought a steel mill here in England. They were paid half a billion pounds by the European Union for closing it (carbon emissions reduction). They shipped the mill to India and received another half a billion as the technology was relative to standards in India less carbon emissions producing. Thus, Tata was given a billion of taxpayers money for zero reduction in carbon emissions, for supposedly reducing carbon emissions. These rules were principally negotiated by Pauchari, in his capacity of Chairman of the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change. Mr Pauchari is a long standing employee of Tata. Incidentally, Pauchari has zero expertise in Climate science or indeed any relevant discipline.

      July 24, 2017
  2. Munkyman

    It couldn’t have anything to do with the fact that he’s a fan & an avid cyclist himself. He has simply conflated the idea of cycling as a good thing to this massive production as being good because it’s about cycling.

    July 23, 2017
    1. stevehayes13

      If that is the quality of his thinking, I can only wonder how he became Secretary of State.

      July 24, 2017
      1. Munkyman

        It’s a political post, quality of reason matters a lot less than connections. I prefer to call him Mr Heinz to remind myself why he’s anyone at all.

        July 24, 2017
  3. Munkyman

    I’d say from our local experience with the UCI & NASCAR that there’s every bit as much pollution associated with a cycling event as there is with any other racing event & perhaps more. Then when you consider that most other racing events last less than 3 days you get the idea that the Tour de France has a FOOTPRINT more than 7 times the foot print of either the Daytona 500 or the INDY500, a larger footprint than the Paris/Dakar or the Baja & as much as 20 times the footprint of a 24 hour race. I think a study should be done, figure out how many hows each motor bike runs, how many additional hours people drive to get there, the whole works.

    July 23, 2017
    1. stevehayes13

      There is a reason why no one knows the carbon footprint of the Tour de France – it is massive.

      July 24, 2017
    2. stevehayes13

      By the way, the UCI does not organise the Tour de France – ASO does.

      July 24, 2017
      1. Munkyman

        I know UCI isn’t the tour, UCI held World’s in my hometown recently & I worked for a local bike shop through it. I got a very good close up view of the extent of what goes into a major bike event & the disruption to local traffic, the hours of 100,000 (many more than) cars sitting in gridlock.

        July 24, 2017
  4. RRoe

    Perhaps they encourage us mortals to want to ride bikes to work instead of taking our cars. Cycling is growing faster than any form of transportation. Lance made me start riding a bike a few decades. I often took a bike instead of a car for local events (10 miles or so). My knees have stopped that, but I am guessing there are tens of thousands of people, perhaps millions, that were influenced by professional bikers. If true, their impact on the global output of CO2 would be huge.

    July 24, 2017
    1. stevehayes13

      Is this intended as a serious argument? The Tour de France and professional bike racing generally results in a net reduction is fossil fuel burning!

      July 24, 2017
      1. RRoe

        Its a hypothesis waiting for data.

        July 24, 2017
        1. stevehayes13

          It is not even a hypothesis. A hypothesis is an explanation that can be tested. Your argument is neither falsifiable nor demonstrable.

          July 24, 2017
          1. RRoe

            So what is your hypothesis, or story, that explains the huge increase in people riding bikes in America over the last few decades?

            July 24, 2017
            1. stevehayes13

              I do not even know that there has been a huge increase in people riding bikes in America over the last few decades. I do know there was a massive decline in bike riding in America whilst the Tour de France, and professional bike racing generally, existed.

              July 24, 2017
    2. RRoe

      The increase in bike riding was a story in NPR and I have read several stories about cities adapting to bikes. Another story about google thinking it very important to make their automatic cars more intelligent about bikes because it is the segment of transportation that is growing the most. Anyway, that’s my hypothesis … and it could be tested by statistics, or surveys, etc. but it won’t be because it really doesn’t matter why it is increasing to me or anyone else … judging by my personal experience and the people across the street, we were influenced by Lance. You can chose to believe we are representative or not of others. Its okay to me whatever story you adopt.

      July 24, 2017
      1. stevehayes13

        You are funny. The obvious response here would have been for you to present statistical data that showed a huge increase in cycling in the US.

        By the way, Lance Armstrong was a cheat.

        July 24, 2017
        1. Munkyman

          http://www.gluskintownleygroup.com/downloads/The%20US%20Bicycle%20Market%20-%20A%20Trend%20Overview%20Report.pdf
          Note the trend is down in all sectors except adult males who simply haven’t much choice more often than not. See page 3.

          July 24, 2017
        2. RRoe

          We didn’t know he was a cheat back then … we were discussing why cycling had increased, not if cycling had increased. You think it is just economics, I think there are a multitude of reasons … economics, influence of professional biking, care of the environment, new bike lanes, congestion, etc.

          July 24, 2017
          1. stevehayes13

            Everyone who was paying attention knew full well that Armstrong was cheating. He employed a team to lawyers to shut people up.

            July 25, 2017
          2. stevehayes13

            “we were discussing why cycling had increased” No we were’t. You asserted it had increased as a result of professional cycling and specifically the Tour de France. And you haven’t presented any evidence.

            July 25, 2017
            1. Munkyman

              I’ve presented evidence from a dedicated trade organization’s report that cycling has not increased. It has in fact shrunk in every demographic except men who earn less than $100k per year & it has shrunk most among youths more than a 20% fall in the percentage of young riders over a decade.
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              Bicycle commuting is on the rise among people who are already riders & that’s the only real bright note for cycling in the US of A. Road bikes that cost more than some new cars & mountain bikes that cost $1000 to fix every time you wreck them put most people off the sport aspect of cycling. Cyclecross is gaining popularity (but that’s like saying there are two people watching instead of one) & there’s the triathletes. Fat tire bikes are becoming very popular with surf fishermen & hunters, they are opting for electric.

              July 25, 2017
        3. Munkyman

          Between 2000 & 2010 the number of riders in the US decreased by 2%. A 21% decrease in child riders, which means a huge drop is coming in adult riders. 10% fewer women riders in 2010 than 2000. An increase in adult male riders of 16% provide us with an overall growth of 2% in the adult population. IF it were race inspired there would be huge jumps in road bike sales & that is not the trend, the trend is mountain bikes, recreational bikes & commuters.
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          DUIs put men on bicycles.

          July 24, 2017
          1. stevehayes13

            Cycling has been declining for decades. In the UK it reached its high point in the mid twentieth century. Even traditional cycling countries like China have seen dramatic declines in cycling. Some countries (and cities) have reversed this long run trend. The Netherlands is an obvious example. Seeing the decline of cycling, city planners and policy makers invested in cycling infrastructure, making cycling safe and easy. The result was a massive increase in cycling. Copenhagen subsequently adopted similar policies with similar results.

            July 25, 2017
            1. Munkyman

              Economics has put motors under Chinese commuters.

              July 25, 2017
            2. stevehayes13

              The Chinese are much richer than they were in the 1980s. However, it is not about money. It is about policies, as the examples I cited illustrated.

              July 25, 2017
            3. Munkyman

              It is about money, the Chinese got so motor hungry China had to pass bans on fuel powered light motorcycles & scooters. The denser the population of a city & the older the city the more attractive cycling becomes. Older cities have narrower streets that limit traffic by the width of your vehicle & denser cities are just too nerve wracking to drive in with little value in it anyway. The cycle represents agility in transportation be it a bicycle or a motorbike. I agree. Affluence takes bikes out from under people & intelligent urban planning puts them back under people.

              July 25, 2017
      2. Munkyman

        Gridlock & fuel costs are the explanation for the increase in cycling commuters. Lower fuel costs see fewer riders. In general it’s explained by the decimation of the middle class, people simply cannot afford a car payment, insurance, maintenance & gas… people who could not that long ago. If I can get to work 20 minutes sooner by bike… it’s a no brainer, bike on any decent day in NYC.

        July 24, 2017
        1. RRoe

          So that is your hypothesis, its all economics and we are not influenced by sports heros. Okay.

          July 24, 2017
          1. Munkyman

            It is mostly that. People who have cycling heroes are already cyclists… at least in the US.

            July 24, 2017
  5. factual

    John Kerry, I assume you are talking about that loser Obama put in Hillary Clinton’s place when that loser ran for president. Kerry was a politician from birth just like Al Gore. Gore went for his photo shoots in Nam in his brand new, freshly starched jungle fatigues knowing he was going to use that in the future for his political career. Most politicians, except for Bill Clinton knew it wasn’t a good political move to be a draft dodger so Gore went into the military, draft was still in affect and got himself a cooshy job, kissed a lot of brass ass along the way. Same for Kerry. Navy, that tells you a lot. Was in country (nam) a short time and took a ride up the Me Cong Delta on a river boat that had a US. Army twin 40 MM mounted and pretended he was a combat hero. When he got back stateside and out of the Navy he became a traitor and anti war demonstrator like Jane Fonda, helped get more GI’s, marines etc, killed. Kerry is a scumball liberal democrat making a living off the taxpayer while screwing up the country. Like Gore he just looks for a warm fuzzy cause the jump on and ride the gravy train. Tour de France is just another photo shoot to promote John Kerry. Liberals/democrats have no real cause except themselves.
    Have a good one Stevie, keep up the good work exposing those liberal loser hypocrites.

    July 24, 2017
  6. Munkyman

    I know you ride & I ride, we both ride to commute. I think you may do it exclusively, I use it to augment the efficiency of my transportation options. I have a truck for large & dirty loads, it can carry more than a dozen adult bicycles depending on what sort of hitch system I’m using. It can carry 7 road bikes under a cover inside the bed. I have a Prius because it’s impossible to argue 10 years of spare parts & 50 mpg on a car if you need a car. I built my electric bike so that if I just want to go for a ride in the country, I can, if I want to just go visit a friend I can. If I just want to pick up a few things at the market or do other errands downtown I can. I can even do some actual work on it inside the city & achieve higher efficiency than a car in most cases based on parking issues alone. I love cycling & would love to hear your position on Britain’s 15.5 mph restriction on motors for eBikes.

    July 25, 2017
    1. stevehayes13

      The notion of the 15mph speed limit for ebikes is a bit misleading. What it refers to is the specification of ebikes that can be sold as bikes (as distinct from motor vehicles).

      July 25, 2017
      1. Munkyman

        My argument is that I can hit 35 mph on a road bike so I should be able to get assistance all the way there. I don’t favor retaining the bicycle specification beyond 45 mph & I am perfectly fine with keeping anything with a bicycle specification at or below 1 horse.

        July 25, 2017
        1. stevehayes13

          The point about a bicycle is that it is not a motor vehicle. The specification regulations come from the European Union, which has a penchant for regulation. However, here in England it is a moot point as there are no speed limits for bicycles.

          July 26, 2017
          1. Munkyman

            We have no speed limits for bikes either. My argument is that the bicycle has essentially replaced the horse as “a right to mobility.” In that light I don’t see a problem with considering a motor up to 1 horse a bicycle.

            July 26, 2017