Global Warming and Arctic


Rob Gaudet asks: Why do you think global warming would be a good thing, on balance?  And if it would be especially good for Russia, Canada, and Nordic countries, then why do you think that they are trying to stop it? 

RH: This is an important and tricky question.  Russia has just signed the Kyoto Treaty which therefor goes into effect. The earth has known hot and cool periods, and the hot periods have usually coincided with bursts of civilization. Whether this will be true of man-induced warmth remains to be seen, especially as it involves noxious gases.  It is generally agreed that Russia and Canada would benefit from general warming. Russia ratified the Kyoto Treaty unwillingly; all kinds of inducement had to be offered to her.

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Ronald Hilton 2004

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last updated: October 23, 2004