• Vladimir Putin: Global Warming Is ‘A Fraud’

    Russian President Vladimir Putin believes global warming is an elaborate hoax perpetuated by other nations to restrain Russia from using its vast oil and natural gas reserves and impede the nation’s industrial development.

    From Daily Caller:

    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.

    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.”

    Apparently, the communist President of Russia is more honest about the issue of global warming than Obama and the socialist political Left.

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