Arctic Ice Reality Check

Russ Steele

Secretary of State Clinton recently visited the Arctic to observe global warming first hand, meeting with Norwegian officials to discuss the changing Arctic and the thinning polar ice. According to the Voice of America News:

Over the last 20 years, Norwegian climate scientists say the Arctic has been losing 45000 square kilometers of ice cover a year. That has opened new shipping routes across the north that could make trade between Europe and Asia 40 percent faster.


Secretary Clinton says she learned that many of the predictions about warming in the Arctic are being surpassed by the actual data, something she says that is not necessarily surprising but is certainly sobering.

Here is the latest Arctic Sea Ice Plot, note now close to the mean it is this year.

I have no idea what Clinton actually saw, but I found this article in the Miami Herald most interesting: Heavy ice could delay start of Shell Alaska’s Arctic drilling

SEATTLE — The heaviest polar ice in more than a decade could postpone the start of offshore oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean until the beginning of August, a delay of up to two weeks, Shell Alaska officials said.

Unveiling a newly refurbished ice-class rig that is poised to begin drilling two exploratory wells this summer in the Beaufort Sea, Shell executives said Friday that the unusually robust sea ice would further narrow what already is a tight window for operations.

Shell must stop drilling  about Sept. 24, which is 38 days before ice is likely to move in, to allow enough time in open water to fix a wellhead blowout.

Read more HERE.


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 Arctic Ice Reality Check

  1. gjrebane says:

    The Left’s standard response to contravening facts is to ignore and redouble their false claims. The policy works well, especially with people who don’t follow the news and listen only to their select talking heads. And here we have described those whom Bob Hope immortalized in his one-liner, “You mean like Democrats?”

  2. Sean says:

    Speaking of oil and the environment, there is an article in the Wall Street Journal about a sovereign state (Argentina) seizing a large private oil company (YPF owned by Repsol of Spain) and refusing to provide compensation to the private company. The environment conveniently comes into play to justify the larceny.

    “Repsol Chairman Antonio Brufau says he is confident that his company will prevail in its battle for just compensation after Argentina seized 51% of YPF, the Argentine oil company that Repsol owned. But in a recent interview here, he made it clear he doesn’t expect that a settlement will come any time soon. “Argentina wants to pay zero,” Mr. Brufau told me at Repsol headquarters. To justify its position, he expects the government to try to assess “environmental penalties” equal to the value of what it owes.

    “Argentine planning minister, Julio De Vido, has suggested as much. “We are talking to the governors so that they apply—province by province—the environmental damages. We will be absolutely inflexible,” he warned in April. On Friday vice minister of the economy Axel Kicillof accused Repsol of trying to “cannibalize” Argentina’s oil for its own international expansion and said it “pillaged our environment.” He has also said that Argentina has no intention of paying the $10 billion Repsol says it is owed.

    “By coming up with a collection of fines that would zero-out its obligations to Repsol, Argentina may figure it can dodge international condemnation and restore investor confidence while avoiding the need to tap its shrinking supply of international reserves.”

    Are “environmental damages” becoming the “pain and suffering” justification for large seizures and settlements in international disputes?

    Full Article,

  3. Arthur M. Day. says:

    Intellectual bankruptcy inevitably leads to moral bankruptcy.

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