Russia Expected to Announce on Kyoto Protocol
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Washington, D.C., September 29, 2004—The cabinet of Russian President Vladimir Putin is expected tomorrow, after much debate, to recommend that the nation’s parliament ratify the Kyoto Protocol climate treaty. The decision, widely predicted by Russian officials and observers, comes despite opposition from leading scientific and economic advisors to the government.
“Russian officials have clearly decided that Kyoto’s defects shouldn’t stop it from being used as a bargaining chip with the European Union,” said Myron Ebell, Director of Global Warming & International Environmental Policy at the Competitive Enterprise Institute. “<?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = “urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags” />Russia’s scientists have dismissed the faulty science behind the treaty and their economists have done the same with the rosy economic projections put forward by Kyoto’s backers. The only thing left supporting ratification is pure politics.”
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