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thePodcast: FIFA’s green fallacy, a mirage in the desert

For the week of Dec. 11, 2022:

It’s the most-expensive FIFA World Cup in history and the most-harmful to the environment. 

“These mega events have become so huge. They suffer from what a lot of people call gigantism. It’s incredibly difficult to envision an actual green games,” said Jules Boykoff, guest on this week’s edition of thePodcast. 

Boykoff is a political science professor at Pacific University in Portland, Ore. and the author of several books about the politics and economics of mega-events. He recently wrote a commentary for Scientific American about the fallacy of Qatar 2022. 

“FIFA has actually said that the Qatar World Cup is a fully carbon neutral event, which is pretty striking and made a lot of people in the environmental community think twice and raise eyebrows,” Boykoff told host Bob Mackin.

Listen to the podcast for Boykoff’s perspective on the $220 billion spectacle, the next World Cup in 2026 in the U.S., Canada and Mexico, the International Olympic Committee’s indefinite delay in awarding the 2030 Winter Olympics, and developments in the business of women’s pro soccer on both sides of the border. 

Plus Pacific Rim and Pacific Northwest headlines and a commentary.

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thePodcast: FIFA's green fallacy, a mirage in the desert