Yes, AGW is the latest deus ex machina for the messianically inclined Russian people, who are typically helpless on their own. I’m sure they believe it will solve all their problems and lead to a world of limitless vodka and girls in tight skirts and high heels. There should be an Orthodox Christian global warming Jesus wandering through a methane-emitting birch forest, but there probably already is and the rest of the world simply hasn’t been paying attention.
Siberia should have made the Russians rich long ago, but the problem is that it is under the control of Russians. If it had been available to American settlement, the expanse would be thriving with lumber mills, gas wells and technologically advanced institutions, and the population would be much higher. Down-on-their-luck Americans would be driving tanker trucks across the taiga, wildcatting, selling burgers to the workers and building highways. Instead there are ballistic missile behemoths lumbering on dirt roads through the forests while stunted, alcoholic Asiatic peasants scratch a living out of the frozen swamps and rivers that only flow half the year, scraping the riverbanks for fossil mammoth tusks and shooting beavers.
Tell me I’m wrong.