CARTOON: Putin the Environmentalist

Putin asks: "How come it's so dirty around here?" The polar bear mumbles: "Oops . . ."

Source: Ellustrator.

Explanatory news item here (Ellustrator is saying Putin might as well ask the bears to do it).

36 responses to “CARTOON: Putin the Environmentalist

  1. Psalomschick

    Yes, ‘oops!’ Of course, we all know why the environment is so dirty, it IS the bad housekeeper, polar bears.
    This is very funny.

  2. Right this time superior western technologies are killing the Gulf of Mexico.
    So, You couldn’t pick a better moment to publish this picture, LR.

    • larussophobe

      You’re rather confused.

      The oil spill was an accident. The pollution in the Arctic was intentional.

      Moreover, isn’t it rather twisted to suggest that two wrongs somehow make a right? Is Hiter’s invasion of Russia just fine because Russia has also invaded countries?

      • [The pollution in the Arctic was intentional.]

        Oh my.
        People trawel thousands of miles northwards just to bring some garbage there. Such fanatics those russians are.

        • Well, to be fair, I would suggest that the Russian destruction of the environment in places like Archangel and the rest of the Kola peninsular was more a result of lazy stupidity and incompetence, plus a good dose of corruption.

      • The motto of this site implies comparisons with other countries.
        So i don’t get that ‘two wrongs’ idea.

    • Voice of Reason

      The timing is perfect. It deflects attention from the oil spill in USA. Just as the flood of articles about “Russian racist hate for illegal immigrants” was timed to deflect attention from the racist law in Arizona.

      • Hey Idiot you are the one defelcting and you know Russia is the most racist trash hole on earth. Every days colored people are beaten and killed by the Russian skin heads and are backed by the Kremlin. Journalist are killed for speaking softly against the Putin dictator and the Kremlin. In the US you get justice but in Russia the killers always win.

        • [In the US you get justice…]

          Why the US? They’re bloody infidels.
          Isn’t the Taliban’s Afghanistan the country you supposed to admire?

        • A “Chechen” calling people “colored”? laughable. You are a simple Weesten boy of 14, who recently got a PC and started to post supid things. Go back to school.

  3. The state of the polar bears in Moscow zoo is a travesty, especially during the Summer months. If Putin cares so much about polar bears he should have them removed from Moscow zoo and repatriated to Antarctica. But he doesn’t care, its just a cheap publicity stunt, Caucescau-style, and remember how he ended up.

  4. Voice of Reason

    The oil spill was an accident.

    And so was Exxon Valdez. And so was Chornobyl.

    So what?

    • Chernobyl was no accident as the Rooshan Ministries of Power were in charge, and decided to remove the safeties. Also then did not give warning to the population until it was detected in Europe thus compounding the genocide.

      • “Georgian” seems to become a diagnosis these days.

        It’s been a long time since I saw a calm Georgian not willing to kill somebody. The last time was, let me remember, in 2003-2004.

  5. Voice of Reason

    Which country is most responsible for the global pollution and the global warming?

    Worldwide, the United States generates over 21% of the world’s carbon dioxide emissions, followed by China (17%), Russia (6%), Japan (5%) and India (4%)7. US per capita generation was nearly 22 tons per person; China, Russia, Japan and India was responsible for 3.5, 11, 11, and 1 ton, respectively.

    Is this also “an accident”?

    Of course, the US side explains that Americans want to continue to enjoy a much more prosperous, luxurious and decadent life than Russia and the rest of the World. And in order to do that, the rest of the World should allow Americans to endanger the Earth.

    And if Putin doesn’t understand that Americans are entitled to take advantage of the rest of the World, then he is a goon and the World’s worst polluter.

    • You conveniently forgot to mention that the United States also makes about 25 % of the world economic output. What percentage does your beloved motherland make?

      • Voice of Reason


        I doubt if USA “makes” 25% of the world economic output. It seems that these days, all real-life products are made in China. What is true though is that the United States consumes about 25 % of the world economic output.

        Americans own 25% of World’s wealth and feel that their wealth entitles them to pollute the World.

        Your argument amounts to saying that rich people have the right pollute the World and make it uninhabitable for poor people.

        • The United States generates $14 trillion annually, and the entire world output is just above $50 trillion. Even most fanatical West- haters admit these numbers are true. But you would not admit. Fine, spend your days dreaming of the death of America

  6. Psalomschick

    I’m sure, that most average Russians, would also like to enjoy our ‘decadent’ American life style.
    Right now, it is only the rich ruling class in Russia, that ‘enjoys decadence’.

    • Voice of Reason

      Yes. That’s why Russia pollutes the global environment less than USA does.

      • No, it’s because Russia makes one tenth of what America makes, if that

        • Very true RV

          And if you look at the ratio of pollution to economic output, well Russia once again looks pretty bad, it’s industry is not only terribly inefficient, it is terribly polluting as well.

        • Voice of Reason

          Yes, America does make and then consume more stuff than the other countries.

          That’s exactly what I am saying: we produce and consume more than anybody else, and we pollute the environment for those who are poor and produce/consume little.

      • Psalomschick

        ‘Global Warming’ ,
        if true at all, is caused by the mysterious/uncontrolable cycles of the planet called, the Sun, and other natural weather patterns, completely out of human control. There simply is NO ‘human caused global warming’, that is a lie, false-science. But, world-wide massive pollution/poisoning of the oceans/rivers. the atmosphere, the earth, yes, much of that IS human caused, by ALL nations, everywhere. And, America is a leader in trying to clean this up, both in America and to help other nations to clean up their own mess, and we have been busy with that work, for many many years.
        What has the Russian Federation been doing?
        From reports we receive from there, nothing, but adding more pollution, as is China also.

        • Voice of Reason

          No, Psalomschick, Russia and even China create much less pollution than does USA. USA is by far the biggest polluter.

          • Wrong as usual VOR

            But just as the speed and scale of China’s rise as an economic power have no clear parallel in history, so its pollution problem has shattered all precedents. Environmental degradation is now so severe, with such stark domestic and international repercussions, that pollution poses not only a major long-term burden on the Chinese public but also an acute political challenge to the ruling Communist Party. And it is not clear that China can rein in its own economic juggernaut.

            Public health is reeling. Pollution has made cancer China’s leading cause of death, the Ministry of Health says. Ambient air pollution alone is blamed for hundreds of thousands of deaths each year. Nearly 500 million people lack access to safe drinking water.

            Chinese cities often seem wrapped in a toxic gray shroud. Only 1 percent of the country’s 560 million city dwellers breathe air considered safe by the European Union. Beijing is frantically searching for a magic formula, a meteorological deus ex machina, to clear its skies for the 2008 Olympics.

            Environmental woes that might be considered catastrophic in some countries can seem commonplace in China: industrial cities where people rarely see the sun; children killed or sickened by lead poisoning or other types of local pollution; a coastline so swamped by algal red tides that large sections of the ocean no longer sustain marine life.

            China is choking on its own success. The economy is on a historic run, posting a succession of double-digit growth rates. But the growth derives, now more than at any time in the recent past, from a staggering expansion of heavy industry and urbanization that requires colossal inputs of energy, almost all from coal, the most readily available, and dirtiest, source.

            “It is a very awkward situation for the country because our greatest achievement is also our biggest burden,” says Wang Jinnan, one of China’s leading environmental researchers. “There is pressure for change, but many people refuse to accept that we need a new approach so soon.”

            China’s problem has become the world’s problem. Sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides spewed by China’s coal-fired power plants fall as acid rain on Seoul, South Korea, and Tokyo. Much of the particulate pollution over Los Angeles originates in China, according to the Journal of Geophysical Research.

            More pressing still, China has entered the most robust stage of its industrial revolution, even as much of the outside world has become preoccupied with global warming.

            Experts once thought China might overtake the United States as the world’s leading producer of greenhouse gases by 2010, possibly later. Now, the International Energy Agency has said China could become the emissions leader by the end of this year, and the Netherlands Environment Assessment Agency said China had already passed that level.

            For the Communist Party, the political calculus is daunting. Reining in economic growth to alleviate pollution may seem logical, but the country’s authoritarian system is addicted to fast growth. Delivering prosperity placates the public, provides spoils for well-connected officials and forestalls demands for political change. A major slowdown could incite social unrest, alienate business interests and threaten the party’s rule.

            But pollution poses its own threat. Officials blame fetid air and water for thousands of episodes of social unrest. Health care costs have climbed sharply. Severe water shortages could turn more farmland into desert. And the unconstrained expansion of energy-intensive industries creates greater dependence on imported oil and dirty coal, meaning that environmental problems get harder and more expensive to address the longer they are unresolved.


          • Psalomschick

            Dear Comrades ‘Dmitry’ and ‘Voice of Unreason’:
            Two, or are you the same, agent?, voices of KGB Kremlin propaganda.
            You are nothing but Putler trolling internet goons, who have nothing intelligent to share with us, only more of the same old anti-American dribble, and the same old, automatic robot-like mindless defense of KGB ruled Russia.
            Your scripted theme song is: ‘America always stinks/Russia always smells sweet!’
            (sung to the melody, ‘The Volga Boatman’).
            Did I get your swan-song right, Pals?

            I am thankful, that there are many intelligent Russians, of which group you are not, who know that Russia needs a new more western-democratic government, not the current neo-soviet communist hangover, pro-Stalinist gangster regime.
            Do you really imagine, that we readers of this site, can’t recognize who you are? or your motives for all that you alledge against America?You are mindless robotic automatons.
            Do robots deserve to be listened to?
            Yes, your rotten soviet system destroyed millions of human lives, and polluted YOUR environment. And, it still does.
            Sure, blame nature, or that poor Polar Bear.
            And you pollute our eyes, by the crapsky you post here!
            But, thanks for the laughs! Ha! Ha Ha!

            • No, we are different agents. He sits next door down the corridor.

              Yes, Putler personally ordered me to get you mad.

              I don’t know what was ordered to my comrade AKA “Voice of Reason” yet, Putler did not tell me.

              ‘America always stinks/Russia always smells sweet!’ – yes, that was a favorite chant of my KGB instructor back in the 80ies.

              “Did I get your swan-song right, Pals?” – not sure how you description relates to the swan song, but sure, you’re right.

              “that there are many intelligent Russians” – don’t say such things. Russians dance with bears to get some intelligence.

              “neo-soviet communist hangover” – you are right again, people miss Yeltsin here, but we, the ex-KGB guys, don’t allow them to elect someone “western-democratic” like Saakashvili.

              “Do robots deserve to be listened to?” – care to share the wisdom on that in the next post?

              “blame nature, or that poor Polar Bear” – we did executed him two days ago.

              “you pollute our eyes” – we are afraid that you’d want a compensation. But we don’t have any spare eyes of yours in Russia. Sorry.

              “Ha! Ha Ha!” – in the end, one question still bothers me: Do robots deserve to be listened to, seriously?

  7. The Arctic, suffers from countless barrels of oil remaining from the Soviet era.

    Alexandra Land is home to thousands of barrels of fuel and lubricants. They were brought there in the 1960s for Soviet military bases, but after the collapse of the Soviet Union, they were no longer needed, and were just left there, the leaking fuel and rusty metal pose a serious environmental threat,

    At least five endangered species live in the archipelago. And if nothing is done today, ecologists warn, there will be no tomorrow for them.

    “When the spring arrives, poisoned rivers will flow into the Barents Sea and then to the ocean… oil patches will cover the water,” said Vyacheslav Rozhnov, a biological scientist and deputy director of the Russian Academy of Sciences’ A.N. Severtsov Institute of Ecology and Evolution. “And these flows will kill everything along their path. Among them are beluga whales, walruses and polar bears.”
    The scientists don’t have the authority to take the barrels away. But they’ve brought the issue to the attention of those that do.

    Putin has said Russia is responsible for the Soviet legacy in the Arctic region, and will do its best not to allow this cemetery of barrels to become a graveyard for wildlife.

    Experts say words are easy, but action will be a lot harder.

    “We only have four months a year when ships can reach this land and can go through the ice,” said Roman Ershov from the Franz Josef Land Reserve. “A weak infrastructure will also be a serious obstacle. I think it’ll take up to 10 years or even more.

    It’s taken Russia the successors to the Soviet Union 40+ years to finally own up to the environmental disaster THEY have caused in the Arctic and now it will take at least 10 + more to halt the disaster and it will take nature centuries to self heal.

    • Er, it’s Putin to blame for these 40 years?

      • No, just for the last 10 years. And as for the Soviet years, I don’t know. It seems he was quite fond of them and endorsed the USSR by calling the loss of it “a great catastrophe” or something like that

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