Russia and the Environment
Two items in the news last week made for an odd juxtaposition as an international forum on global warming got underway.
On the one hand, the Associated Press reported that Russia had “signaled to the EU that it is ready to slash emissions by as much as 25 percent by 2020 if other developed countries do the same. Previously Russia has said it was willing to cut emissions by 10-15 percent from 1990 levels.”
On the other, e-Week Europe reported that the KGB had paid Russian hackers to crack open the e-mail vaults of the United Nations to reveal correspondence calling the data that supports global warming into question.
Does Russia want to protect its natural environment from further destruction after decades of being ravaged by heedless Soviet scum, or does Russia want to maximize its income by setting aside any such concerns in a fully neo-Soviet manner. Last week, Russia was speaking with a forked tongue.
Which is, of course the way Russia always speaks on such issues. It’s the reason Russia cannot count any major nation of the world as its friend, much less ally, because Russians simply cannot be trusted to do what they say. Russia is a nation built on lies led by a proud KGB spy who spent his whole life learning how to lie. There is, in fact no basis whatsoever to believe that the Russian government, or for that matter the people of Russia, have any real committment to environmental protection, not anymore than that they have a real committment to democracy.