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.