From recent reports:
Putin believes “there is no global warming, that this is a fraud to restrain the industrial development of several countries, including Russia,” Stanislav Belkovsky, a political analyst and Putin critic, told The New York Times.
“That is why this subject is not topical for the majority of the Russian mass media and society in general,” Belkovsky said.
Putin has been casting doubt on man-made global warming since the early 2000s, according to the Times. In 2003, Putin told an international climate conference warming would allow Russians to “spend less on fur coats,” adding that “agricultural specialists say our grain production will increase, and thank God for that.”Putin’s comments likely came after his staff “did very, very extensive work trying to understand all sides of the climate debate,” according to Andrey Illarionov, Putin’s former senior economic adviser, who’s now a senior fellow at the libertarian Cato Institute.
“We found that, while climate change does exist, it is cyclical, and the anthropogenic role is very limited,” Illarionov said. “It became clear that the climate is a complicated system and that, so far, the evidence presented for the need to ‘fight’ global warming was rather unfounded.”
Russia is not a western nation. Hence, it does not buy into all of the propaganda of the west. Putin is not a stupid man, and he is very astute in maneuvering his country, whether its in Syria or on an issue like climate change. He is not bound nor does he particularly care about his profile, as the west sees him on social issues. He does care he is viewed as a strong military hawk, and in doing so partakes in making Obama look weak-this is part of the posturing Putin employees to advance Russia.
Putin will do whatever it takes, popular or unpopular in western standards, to assure Russia continues to dominate. Putin has faced off with Obama, and Obama blinked. Obama, when faced with Putin’s cavalier attitude going into Syria, blinked, by telling 60 minutes he’d rather “lead on climate change”.
Of course, now, Obama is putting boots on the ground in Syria. Yet, the White House today admitted “There is no real solution in Iraq and Syria”. Putin has a plan and a solution, Mr. President. Go ahead Obama, lead on climate change, as Putin continues to actually be a leader for his people.
Source: Daily Caller