Five nations are competing heavily for
the resource of the Arctic -- the United States, Russia, Canada,
Denmark, and China. A number of others are eying the region as
well, which may contain more than 160
billion barrels of oil.
A leading armed forces
publication, the Navy Times, interviewed
U.S. Navy officials about how they are preparing for the changes --
and the race that will follow. Rear Adm. David Titley,
oceanographer of the Navy, states, "The Arctic is changing, and
it is changing rapidly. If the Navy does not start looking at
this today … we could wake up in seven or eight years and find
ourselves way behind the power curve."
climatologists have bumped estimates of ice free summers from the end
of the twenty-first century to about 2030. "Ice free" is
defined as a summer in which their are several weeks in which there
is less than 10 percent aerial ice coverage.
The Navy recently
published an Arctic
Report (PDF) that offers a carrot and stick approach to dealing
with resource rivals. The report describes trying to "provide
opportunities for cooperative solutions" and "determine the
most dangerous and the most likely threats." A public
relations campaign to keep opinion in the U.S. favorable is also key;
the report describes implementing strategies to make the public
"believe the Navy is contributing to a safe, secure and stable
The Navy is also looking to do its part
to try to avert a melting Arctic by deploying
a "Great Green Fleet" consisting of nuclear or
biofuel-powered aircraft carriers and biofuel-powered jets.
Finding cheaper, more sustainable energy sources is a major concern
for the Navy; it costs over $643,000 (at $70/barrel oil) to fill the
450,000 gallon fuel tank on the Navy’s DDG-51 destroyer.
quote: You need to look up teutonic plates.
quote: You need to look up teutonic plates
quote: Funny, a few hours ago my posts were all averaging between 2 and 5...now they're all -1s? I wonder what multi-account troll decided to punish me for a viewpoint he didn't have the facts or logic to actually debate honestly.
quote: As far as Indian, yes it is in common usage among American Indians. The insistence on "Native American" came from the various Indian Rights movements. In addition to the generic Indian, meaning a native of the Americas, (equivalent to a Dane being European) they are also proud of being Mayan, Aztec, Nez Perce, Spokane, Cree, Navajo etc. depending on their actual tribal origins.
quote: discard it in favor of the story you heard from Onuk
quote: I think you should ask the Eskimo's living in Greenland and north America. They will tell you something very different than the 20 year old satellite "video" proof you link to.
quote: The best way to determine if humans are causing global warming, is to decrease C02 emissions and measure the effect.
quote: We shouldn't trust either side; we should find out the truth
quote: The Arctic has been gaining ice since 2007.
quote: I understand your fierce emotional desire to minmize the facts, but the only thing 'exceptional' about 2007 was that it marked the beginning of the reversing trend. Sea ice in 2009 was not only above 2007 levels, but higher than it was in 06 or even 2005. 2010 looks to be even higher.
quote: You can't hide the fact that the amount of ice is going up. RISING. The ice was declining from 1979 to 2007, but then it stopped. This isn't one high month. It's a clear 3 year trend.