Climate change opportunities may rise
Obviously not all the Trump Administration denies climate change. This CSCE.gov report on “Taming the OSCE’s Least-Developed Region: the Arctic” reads, in part:
(Environmental challenges) – The way that the Arctic nations respond to the changing climate and its respective perils and possibilities will shape the world’s response to climate change and the future of international cooperation. Science and technology in the Arctic present opportunities for this collaboration.
(Economic Opportunities) – In the near future, there likely will be a significant rise in human activity along the Northern Route. As sea ice melts, new shipping lanes are opening up offering unprecedented access to trade routes, natural resources, and even tourism opportunities.
The Coast Guard’s oldest icebreaker and only one capable of heavy icebreaking, the POLAR STAR, was commissioned in 1976 and is operating well past its intended service life.
Other Arctic nations, including Canada, Sweden, Finland and Demark have limited icebreaking capability as well. Russia currently owns and operates a fleet of more than 40 icebreakers.
Makes me wonder about that half-a-trillion-dollar deal Tillerson struck with Putin before the Magnitsky Act. More than 40 icebreakers? Susan Oakley Kapaa