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    Economic Realities May Force Russia to Rethink Climate Change Priorities

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    A global shift toward low-carbon economies may press Russia to rethink its ambivalence toward the 2015 Paris accord on global warming and an upcoming climate summit in Morocco, the US Special Envoy on Climate Change Jonathan Pershing told guests at the Atlantic Council think tank.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Pershing spoke amid preparations for a summit on climate change this November in the Moroccan city of Marrakech. Russia was invited, but did not participate in a meeting last week to prepare for the event, Pershing explained.

    "If Russia’s market to Europe, which is where a lot of its [natural] gas goes, dries up, fundamental change in the dynamics of Russian supply and Russian development might move them a different direction," Pershing said on Tuesday.

    If the rest of the world restructures its economies with renewable energy sources, the future Russian leadership, whether it’s President Vladimir Putin or someone else is going to have to manage this, Pershing added.

    At the Paris conference, Russia declined to join other nations in agreeing to reduce carbon emissions and instead offered a modest pledge to slow growth of the pollutant that is blamed for global warming.

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    • avatar
      Doublemint Bubblegum Government
      [If the rest of the world restructures its economies with
      renewable energy sources, the future Russian leader-
      ship is going to have to manage this, Pershing added.]

      Yeah, Right! Not gonna happen. If renewable energy
      sources were so great, then Saudi Arabia would al-
      ready have been put out of business long ago.

      Green Energy is nothing but a Tax Scam, trying to
      take advantage of industries that are immobile &
      hard to relocate or move to other jurisdictions.

      Russia's sponsorship of Nuclear Power Plants is the great-
      est contribution towards green energy in the entire world;
      and yet they get so little credit for it, because of the "China
      Syndrome" movie, from so long ago, starring Hanoi Jane.
    • avatar
      michael
      impressive, an american believes that he can predict Russian thinking and future actions.
    • avatar
      Doublemint Bubblegum Government
      Russia should be happy about global warming, given its Northerly location.
      Arctic sea routes and natural resource opportunities abound in the future;
      and who cares about global warming, when the temperature is -40 degrees
      below zero in Yakutsk.
    • avatar
      Erik Trete
      And this from the country (the US) with the single biggest carbon footprint in the world? When will the US curb its dependence on the car? Or begin to build efficient housing? The US is far behind the rest of the developed world in both these categories, which are the top two consumers of carbon based energy. Just mention the term "public transport" anywhere in the US and scorn will be heaped upon you. Or mention Urban planning to contain suburban sprawl - duck and cover!
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      Erik Trete
      So what has Russia been doing? In the capital, Moscow, over the last several years, there has been a huge push to improve the energy efficiency of the city. Many buildings in my region have received facelifts including new insulation and thermally efficient plastic windows. This year, the Steam pipes to our building were replaced with new foam insulated pipes. There has been major improvements in infrastructure throughout the city. New buses and a new outer circle line added to the metro system to relieve congestion. Parking restrictions are now in place in the city center to divert people from their cars to public transportation. Even IF these improvements are primarily in the region of the capital, the Moscow area supports ~25% if the country's population. SO this is very significant improvement in the country's energy usage. What is being done makes financial sense that benefit the population. What I am not seeing is stupid "renewable" projects that only make "financial sense" if the government provides "green energy" subsidies. That is the stupid way.
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