FOR certain US investors, it makes more
sense to create money rather than thinking green. Why else would they hit upon
the horrifying idea of felling trees in
Siberia, which contains a fifth of the
world's forests, to procure lumber to
run idle sawmills in Oregon and
Washington? Russian trees are to be
felled and then bombarded with gamma
rays to kill potentially dangerous
bacteria before importing the lumber to
The move has sparked off protests from nearly 40 Russian and American environmentalists who also dashed off an open protest letter to Al Gore, the us vice president. Strangely, while on one hand, the us forest service is engaged in protecting the habitat of the Siberian tiger, a native of the Siberian forests, on the other the us commerce departmentis paying subsidies for the domestic wood industry to fell trees in the Siberian Khabarovsk region.
According to David Gordon of the Pacific Environment and Resources Centre which is all for the establishment of an indigenous Siberian wood- working industry, the us policy is quite contradictory".
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