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Melting Arctic Matter Of National Security, States U.S. Study

By Cliff Montgomery - Dec. 31st, 2019

“Record low extents of Arctic sea ice over the past decade have focused scientific and policy attention on
links to global climate change [which may result in] projected ice-free seasons in the Arctic within decades,”
declares a crisp analysis of the melting Arctic just released by the Congressional Research Service (CRS).

“These changes have potential consequences for weather in the United States, access to mineral and
biological resources in the Arctic, the economies and cultures of peoples in the region, and national
security,” adds the study.

Of course, when any official government report states that the Arctic region is a matter of “national security,”
what it’s really saying is that “changes to the Arctic brought about by warming temperatures will likely allow
more exploration for oil, gas, and minerals,” which the CRS study readily admits.
And, as the report also
points out, this new access to natural resources may often belong to countries other than the United States.


You could talk until you’re blue in the face about the threat to life posed by the danger of global warming,

and the world’s elites will simply stare at you with a breath-taking lack of care. But show them that a warming
planet m
ay also shred their economic power, and they’ll work day and night to solve a problem that effects us
all.

Below, the
American Spark quotes the report summary:


The diminishment of Arctic sea ice has led to increased human activities in the Arctic, and has heightened
interest in, and concerns about, the region’s future. The United States, by virtue of Alaska, is an Arctic country
and has substantial interests in the region.

“Record low extents of Arctic sea ice over the past decade have focused scientific and policy attention on
links to global climate change and projected ice-free seasons in the Arctic within decades. These changes
have potential consequences for weather in the United States, access to mineral and biological resources in
the Arctic, the economies and cultures of peoples in the region, and national security.

“Although there is significant international cooperation on Arctic issues, the Arctic is increasingly being viewed
by some observers as a potential emerging security issue. Some of the Arctic coastal states, particularly
Russia, have taken actions to enhance their military presences in the high north. U.S. military forces,
particularly the Navy and Coast Guard, have begun to pay more attention to the region in their planning and
operations.

“The five Arctic coastal states—the United States, Canada, Russia, Norway, and Denmark (of which
Greenland is a territory)—have made or are in the process of preparing submissions to the Commission on
the Limits of the Continental Shelf regarding the outer limits of their extended continental shelves. The
Russian submission includes the underwater Lomonosov Ridge, a feature that spans a considerable
distance across the center of the Arctic Ocean.

“Two of the Coast Guard’s three polar ice-breakers—Polar Star and Polar Sea—have exceeded their intended
30-year service lives, and Polar Sea is not operational. The Coast Guard has initiated a project to build up to
three new heavy polar icebreakers. On May 12, 2011, representatives from the member states of the Arctic
Council signed an agreement on cooperation on search and rescue in the Arctic.

“The diminishment of Arctic ice could lead in coming years to increased commercial shipping on two trans-
Arctic sea routes—the Northern Sea Route close to Russia, and the Northwest Passage close to Alaska and
through the Canadian archipelago—though the rate of increase in the use of these routes might not be as
great as sometimes anticipated in press accounts. International guidelines for ships operating in Arctic waters
have been recently updated.

“Changes to the Arctic brought about by warming temperatures will likely allow more exploration for oil,
gas, and minerals. Warming that causes permafrost to melt could pose challenges to onshore exploration
activities. Increased oil and gas exploration and tourism (cruise ships) in the Arctic increase the risk of
pollution in the region. Cleaning up oil spills in ice-covered waters will be more difficult than in other areas,
primarily because effective strategies for cleaning up oil spills in ice-covered waters have yet to be developed.

“Large commercial fisheries exist in the Arctic. The United States is currently meeting with other countries
regarding the management of Arctic fish stocks. Changes in the Arctic could affect threatened and
endangered species, and could result in migration of fish stocks to new waters. Under the Endangered
Species Act, the polar bear was listed as threatened on May 15, 2008. Arctic climate change is also expected
to affect the economies, health, and cultures of Arctic indigenous peoples.”



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