America! We're Bringing Air Conditioners to Paris Olympics in Spite of Climate Rules

The U.S. Olympic team will join a handful of other athlete delegations in bringing portable air conditioning units to Paris for the 2024 Olympics in spite of the city's efforts to provide cool hotel rooms at the cost of lower carbon emissions.

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Explaining the group's decision, U.S Olympics CEO Sarah Hirshland said, "As you can imagine, this is a period of time in which consistency and predictability is critical for Team USA’s performance. In our conversations with athletes, this was a very high priority and something that the athletes felt was a critical component in their performance capability." Hirshland did, however, praise Parisian efforts at environmental "sustainability."

Those efforts include plans to by piping cold water through the floors in the Olympic village, as well as providing fans for the athletes.

Europeans are famous for their disdain for air conditioning, as well as their lack of awareness that most of the rest of the world lives significantly closer to the equator, as well as farther away from cooling coastlines, than they do. By way of reference, Rome, Italy is one of the southernmost major cities in Europe, and it is actually north of New York City. It is estimated that fewer than 1 in 10 homes in Paris has air conditioning.

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