Some Random Thoughts on Some Missing Dots
05/07/2012 3 Comments
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?