As Ice Cap Melts, Militaries Vie for Arctic Edge

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Via Common Dreams:

While the corporate media continues to keep alive a false narrative that the world’s scientists are still divided over global climate change — new reports show the military has moved beyond that debate. The Associated Press reports today that “to the world’s military leaders, the debate over climate change is long over.”

Instead, military planners from a number of nations that border the Arctic are gearing up for a new cold war – a battle for control of the vast treasure of mineral and oil resources and control of new, strategic sea lanes. As the ice cap melts, the war for the North Pole is heating up.

Greenpeace reported last year: “WikiLeaks releases … have shown the Arctic oil rush is not just a threat to the environment and our climate, but also to peace.”

“The documents show how deadly serious the scramble for Arctic resources has become. And the terrible irony of it is that instead of seeing the melting of the Arctic ice cap as a spur to action on climate change, the leaders of the Arctic nations are instead investing in military hardware to fight for the oil beneath it. They’re preparing to fight to extract the very fossil fuels that caused the melting in the first place. It’s like putting out fire with petrol.”

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11 Comments on "As Ice Cap Melts, Militaries Vie for Arctic Edge"

  1. Stranglehold | Apr 18, 2012 at 5:23 pm |

    >While the corporate media continues to keep alive a false narrative
    that the world’s scientists are still divided over global climate change

  2. as an observer of human folly, without any real stake in the outcome, i find impending geo-political conflicts like this fascinating. shit will be going down and i’ll be glued to my screen, to quote the late, great George Carlin “And no matter what kind of problem humans are facing, whether it’s natural or man-made, I always hope it gets worse”…
    and to all those dip-shits who claim fossil fuels are plentiful, why the hell are nations going bat shit crazy to claim any smear oil on the face of the planet?
    keep driving those SUVs… scientifically proven to compensate for a small penis

  3. I feel callow for saying it…but: called it.

    On a half dozen different boards over the last decade I’ve tried to hammer home the single point that governments don’t hire legal teams and pre-plan military strategies for intervention in the Arctic because of a “melting myth” they’re ostensibly perpetuating. They make those kinds of preparations based on real time evidence of newly available resources, shipping lanes, international boundary changes and potential conflict. It’s way past time to stop childishly clinging to the notion that just because there has always been an ice cap…there must therefore always be one no matter what we do. In all likelihood…its far too late to do anything but make major overhauls to coastal regions and waterways in preparation for changing patterns of rainfall/evap and ocean rise. I wish I had the innocence left to imagine that a few less cars could change anything. I’m down to just settling for a refocus on the elimination or extreme restriction of deadly poisons from manufacturing…mostly because it sidesteps the whiny cunts who sop on endlessly about “its all fake, nothings happening”…and sticks to firm, undisputed ground regarding known lethal toxins that get used and dumped planetwide with longterm health effects we havent even begun to suss out.

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