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Originally posted by drogo
am i to understand that this threat is the result of an accident in 1982? if it is why hasn't something been done with it in the last 23 years?
i'm not sure what the differance between oil and waste oil is in this case? i have to assume that it is contaminated with water and other chemicals. or is it in fact radio active due to the use of a nuke? Could this waste oil not be prosessed and used? even the oil that is waste oil from cars is recycled and is able to be reused. after all oil is a valuble commodity far too valuble to just leave sitting arround.
if there is anymore info on this it would be helpfull as the first soure dosn't have any info other than stateing the problem of leakge. the second article is in what i asume is russian language that i am unable to read.
-Russia is not concerned about ecology in the Arctic 2005-04-13
Boris Morgunov, adviser in the Russian Minister of Economic Development, says "economic, and not environmental, problems are of main Russian concern in the Arctic ". The official calls Russia the "hottest" of all countries with regard to investments in the North. He also notes that climate changes and the melting of ice could within 15-20 years give a boost to shipping along the Northern Sea Route.
Morgunov says however that the melting in the North also could lead to new problems. One of them is the destabilisation of oil and gas pipelines and constructions as a result of the disappearence of permafrost.
China, Russia, Japan and the ROK (Republic of Korea, ed.) signed a memo on oil spill response cooperation this May on the basis of the Northwest Pacific Action Plan (NOWPAP) among the four partners.
The new memo is considered a further move made by China and the ROK in technology and information sharing and communication in oil spill response. Established in 2003, the COES (China Offshore Environmental Services Ltd. Ed) is the first company in China of its kind with the capability to deal with Tier 2 oil spill in accordance with international standards.
The memo, signed with Korea Marine Pollution Response Corporation (KMPRC), a major company dealing with oil spill accidents and cleanup services of the ROK, is the first of the kind China has signed.
During the tsunami, the US was compared based on population concerning our $$ giving when those parts of the world are not even in our interest or control.
We're backing out of Kyoto because our nation is being penalized as we are seen as able to afford it(...)
Originally posted by Alikospah
Until the US came along with its great wealth and resources, few if any nations were willing or able to step into the breach and do what needed to be done.
The US has made it a policy to step in and do what needs to be done because we want to come to the aid of those in need. But we do it because we are willing to do it.
When others come along and demand or expect, it burns a bit.
That Russia caused a chemical spill is something they should fix.
Recently China caused a leak of a poisonous chemical that overflowed a dam and floated down the river into the drinking water of a city. China, and Russia, "handled" it. We didn't hear cries from them, "Where is the US?"
Nations that get involved in such spills are going to have to fix it themselves or nothing will force them to take steps on their own. That is why the US is not moving now and shouldn't have to. To suggest others come clean up the mess left from greedy and careless nations is asking us to be the world's janitors and we can't carry the burden and shouldn't have to.
When people are truly in need, of course we're there and always will be as long as we can support it. But it is a fact that when the time comes we can't support it, (...)
there are those who are willing to come and take it from us by force.
Knowing that doesn't make it easier to take when UN officials judge what we do based on our population. That rankled and always will.