Some Random Thoughts on Some Missing Dots

Russ Steele

First the dots:

  • Putin is back in power in Russia, one of America’s strongest competitor for Arctic resources.
  • Russia is claiming the Arctic and the mineral resources including oil and gas that is evident there.
  • Russia is building more than a dozen icebreakers, including some nuclear powered icebreakers.
  • America’s only two heavy icebreakers are out of service and the third is headed to the scrapyard in Texas.
  • The Democrats in Congress are convinced that global warming is just around the corner and the Arctic will soon be ice free, reducing the need for a modern icebreaker fleet.
  • In February 1940, Arctic ice averaged 6.5 feet thick.  Ice thickness is year the same as it was 72 years ago.
  • Bering Sea Ice set a record for more ice in April than any time since 1980,  when satellite measurements started.
  • To bring heating oil to Nome Alaska this year the US Coast Guard had to request help from Russia.

Now for some missing dots. The US is preparing for global warming and Russia is preparing for the coming grand minimum when Arctic ice will be blocking northern hemisphere seaports in the winter and possibly in the summer without icebreaker support. Northern Alaska’s sea ports will be blocked by sea ice just like this year, year after year.   Ice bergs like the one that sank the Titanic will once again be creating trouble in the shipping lanes on both coasts.  More ships will be trapped in ice fields requiring rescue.

Now, I ask you what possible go wrong with this scenario?


About Russ Steele
Freelance writer and climate change blogger. Russ spent twenty years in the Air Force as a navigator specializing in electronics warfare and digital systems. After his service he was employed for sixteen years as concept developer for TRW, an aerospace and automotive company, and then was CEO of a non-profit Internet provider for 18 months. Russ's articles have appeared in Comstock's Business, Capitol Journal, Trailer Life, Monitoring Times, and Idaho Magazine.

3 Responses to Some Random Thoughts on Some Missing Dots

  1. Dena says:

    The same thing that happened to the space program. We now need a Russian ride if we want to get into orbit and NASSA is saying very little about when the next launch system will be ready. I see us in both case getting into trouble, and then the government will throw a big slug of money at private industry and they will come up with a solution in 2 or 3 years. The government is poor at planning for the future and this is just another argument against big government. Maybe with fewer items on their plate, they would have more time to do things right.

  2. Arthur M. Day. says:

    This is just another example of what happens when a group of humans gets to the top of the food chain. Humans are not designed to be on the top of the food chain. We were not at the top during almost all of our existence as a species nor did we inherit any relevant instinctive behaviors from our predecessors.
    What humans do when they find themselves on the top is go on vacation. On vacation, nobody but backpackers and bicycle tourists do the hard stuff. Hard stuff such as, in this case, planning ahead, and questioning scientists when they start mouthing class warfare slogans.
    Radar might save us from Titanic reruns, but nothing is going to save us from ourselves.
    By the way, after they got to the top, it took Rome longer to decline and fall than the USA has been in existance.

    • Dena says:

      Some humans can do a good job of running things. Look at IBM, Microsoft and Apple. They all were very good at what they do but the longer they exist the more likely the management will start making mistakes. IBM is now having issues, Microsoft is coasting and Apple may be at their peak and may have a few more years before problems start appearing.

      The real issue is we elect our leader and there are few ways to know what a person will do when elected. The other side of the coin is many voters pick for personal gain instead of the good of the country if they even bother to find out what the issues are.

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