Tuesday, May 18, 2004

Russian academy of Science shuns the Kyoto protocol

according to this article in the Russian newspaper Izvestia, Russian Academy of Science
has advised president Putin against signing up to the Kyoto agreement.
Unlike in Canada or the U.S. where Kyoto has been a subject of much public debate,
Russian society has largely stayed oblivious to the controversy. It was assumed that Russia could easily sign the agreement with no price tag attached due to the sharp decline in industrial emissions since 1989, the protocol's ground level. But right now, when Russia's industrial output has been on the rise, the Russian government began to worry about the issue.
So the protocol was sent for evaluation to the Russian Academy of Science.The academics point out that Kyoto lacks scientific validity and also would be too costly for the Russian economy.

Well, I see their point...


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