The Russian approach to climate change
Published 07th November 2009 - 5 comments - 1574 views -
In a fit of what borders on despair, Time magazine reports: "Russia doesn't seem to care two bits about global warming, and it's not hard to see why. Most Russians would probably be happy if the country was a little warmer...
...To say that Russia is hesitant about tackling climate change is putting it mildly. The last time the world tried to get the country's cooperation on the issue was in 1997, during negotiations for the Kyoto Protocol … Because Russia is the world's third largest source of emissions after the U.S. and China, the accord would have failed without it. So the treaty was written in a way that would allow Russia to keep polluting as much as it wanted and grant the country billions of dollars in emissions allowances to sell to other countries that needed to meet their Kyoto commitments.
As a U.N. official who participated in the talks put it, 'Russia got the sweetest deal: free money, no restrictions.'"
Wonder how that happened, then? And isn't it funny how much of a free ride Russia gets from environmentalists. There's no end of beating up on the USA in green circles and on blogs like this, but we hear nary a word about Putin & Co. Guess nobody wants to be on the wrong side of the ex-KGB man because those who do tend to have problems getting life insurance. Still, one would think that those interested in the appearance of balance would hold Moscow's toes to the fire now and then. Meanwhile, our friends in Brussels are wondering what to do with the "billions of unused pollution credits accumulated by Russia, Ukraine and other former communist states of Eastern Europe under the Kyoto Protocol."
Is the Mafia running this racket?
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