"Apophis asteroid will probably almost certainly not smash into Earth, say scientists"
And another source on the same story give us this:
"Still, Russian space officials apparently consider Apophis a significant threat to life on Earth despite the low odds of an impact. "People's lives are at stake. We should pay several hundred million dollars and design a system that would prevent a collision, rather than sit and wait for it to happen and kill hundreds of thousands of people," Perminov said, according to RIA Novosti." http://www.space.com/7720-russia-attack-asteroid-virtually-threat.html
Not very good at hiding their motives behind the science, are they? People's lives are at stake--GIVE ME SEVERAL HUNDRED MILLION DOLLARS!--to counter the 1 in 250,000 chance of someone getting hurt.
Okay. I'll pay up!